Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Friends of Hope Kick Off Season with Annual Membership Tea

Friends of Hope Tea 2019

Nearly 150 Hope supporters attended the annual Friends of Hope Membership Tea at the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs. Chaired by Donna Roberts, the annual member and guest event was the official kickoff of the group’s seasonal fundraisers for Hope Hospice, including the Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in March. The Friends of Hope committee has promoted fundraising and volunteering at Hope Hospice since 2002

Monday, November 18, 2019

Idelson Raises More than $35,000 for Hope Kids Care

Charles K. Idelson, Regional President of Busey Wealth Management in Fort Myers, ran this year’s New York Marathon and raised more than $35,000 for Hope Kids Care, a needs-based program provided to children who are living with complex medical conditions or coping with grief.

In the months before the Marathon, Idelson – a Hope Healthcare board member for more than 20 years – shared with friends and family that he was running to celebrate his 70th birthday and to support Hope Kids Care. He asked that they consider joining him in supporting the nonprofit organization that serves as a safety net for the community – including the youngest and most vulnerable among us.

“People responded with such incredible generosity,” said Idelson, former President and CEO of Investors’ Security Trust who is currently serving as Hope Healthcare’s board chair for the second time.

“They know Hope Kids Care provides counseling and care to children in need of comfort, and realize the impact of this program in the lives of the children and those who love them.”

Idelson crossed the finish line in 5:09, finishing 276 of 530 in his age group and ranking 40,150 out of 53,508 runners who completed the race.

“Charles is one of Hope’s most dedicated champions,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “He knows that everything we provide for children - from home visits and respite care to counseling, art and music therapy – improves quality of life.”

Idelson’s wife, Linda, their three daughters and five grandchildren traveled to New York to cheer him on while wearing their “Team Papa running for Hope Kids Care” shirts. His oldest daughter, Ileanna Digiacinto, ran the marathon with him.

“Even when you’re on the board, you don’t fully understand the effect Hope has until you experience it for yourself,” said Idelson, whose mother passed under Hope Hospice’s care. “A lot of their care is for the family, and I can’t imagine families more in need of Hope than those living with a child who is suffering.”

 To learn more and support Hope Kids Care, visit Donate.HopeHCS.org/Idelson

Honor a Loved One with Hope Hospice’s Tree of Lights


Hope Hospice’s Tree of Lights tradition offers a way to commemorate loved ones while providing essential funds for those in need of hospice care and bereavement support.

In each Hope Care Center, a Tree of Lights will be adorned with white paper butterflies designated “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one by $30 donors.

Along with having a butterfly placed on the tree of their choice, $60 donors will also receive a keepsake metal ornament engraved with the Hope Hospice logo. In addition, with a gift of $300, a dedication stone will be engraved with the donor’s personal message and placed in one of Hope’s Tribute Gardens.

To learn more or make a donation, visit https://donate.hopehcs.org/treeoflights.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Ninth Annual Toast to Hope Raises Over $25,000 for Hope Hospice in Cape Coral

Toast to Hope 2019

More than 125 friends, family, and supporters gathered for the ninth annual Toast to Hope event and raised more than $25,000 to benefit Hope Hospice in Cape Coral.

Organized by chair Gloria Tate and the Toast to Hope committee, the event featured live and silent auctions, a cork pull and live music. Gary and Connie Hogrefe hosted the fundraiser, which was sponsored by the Robert J. Gunterberg Charitable Foundation.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Children's Grief Awareness Day: Healing Young Hearts


Children participate in theraputic art activities during Rainbow Trails Camp
While Hope Healthcare recognizes Children’s Grief Awareness Day on Thursday, November 21, they offer services designed to help heal our community’s youngest hearts all year long.

Hope’s professional bereavement counselors offer specialized one-on-one and group grief counseling for children who are coping with complex emotions after the loss of a family member or friend. In addition, family nights offer children a safe and supportive environment to share their feelings and take part in counselor-guided interactive grief activities.

Hope also offers an annual weekend-long Rainbow Trails Camp led by experienced counselors, art and music therapists, and community volunteers. Children ages six through 17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past year are invited to engage in traditional camp activities, including crafts, swimming, and singing. They also learn skills to cope with grief and participate in activities to memorialize and say goodbye to a loved one.

“People of all ages experience loss and express grief in different ways,” said Samira K. Beckwith, Hope Healthcare President and CEO. “We created the Rainbow Trails Camp 30 years ago because we wanted to have a special place for children to interact with others who understand their loss.”

Registration is now open for the 2020 Rainbow Trails Camp on Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Riverside Retreat in LaBelle. There is no charge for the camp, and Hope will host an orientation for parents and guardians. Children will be picked up by bus from Hope’s Fort Myers campus on Friday and will return on Sunday afternoon.

To learn more about Rainbow Trails Camp or to register a camper, visit https://www.hopehcs.org/rainbowtrailscamp/.