Monday, February 10, 2020

2020 Date Announced for Shine, a Benefit for Hope Hospice

The second annual Shine benefit for Hope Hospice will take place Friday, October 16, 2020 at the historic Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto and attorney Jenna Persons will return to serve as co-chairs for the elegant event featuring riverside cocktails, dining, entertainment, and a live auction.

More than 250 guests attended the inaugural event in October 2019, which raised $440,000 to benefit the Hope Kids Care program. This year’s fundraiser will support Hope’s mission to provide comforting care and support to everyone living with serious illness.

“For forty years, Hope has been a safety net for our community, serving those who are newly born, seniors who have reached 113 years old and everyone in between,” said Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “The generosity showed at events like Shine ensures that there will always be Hope for those who need us.”

To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to request an invitation to the event, call 239-985-7758 or write to email@hopehcs.org.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Hope Achieves Highest Partnership Level of We Honor Veterans Program

Hope Healthcare has become a certified Level 5 partner – the highest designation available – with We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Through Hope’s VALOR program, Hope’s Honor Guard volunteers, many who are veterans themselves, stand ready to support veterans in hospice care. Through a veteran recognition program and salute ceremonies, Hope recognizes their dedicated service to our country.

“Hope provides care to the brave men and women who served to safeguard our freedom,” said Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Achieving Level 5 partnership status with the NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans program confirms our dedication to ensuring all veterans receive the specialized care they deserve.”

According to NHPCO, more than 1,800 American veterans die every day, and only 4 percent die in the care of the Veteran’s Administration. Hope serves as a critical resource by providing special services as part of its mission to serve as a safety net for our community.

Level 5 partners place a greater emphasis on staff education and caring for Vietnam-era and combat veterans, as well as taking on the role of regional mentor to other We Honor Veterans partners working to enhance their programs.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Friends of Hope’s Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show to Benefit Hope Hospice


The annual Friends of Hope Spring Luncheon is planned for Monday, March 16 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. The event will feature a fun day of boutique shopping, raffle prizes, and a fashion show presented by Kathryn’s Collection to benefit Hope Hospice and Rainbow Trails Camp.

Shopping begins at 10:30 a.m. with a collection of silk scarves, leather handbags, fine jewelry, pottery, glasswork, and accessories.

Special Girlfriends Tables are available for 10 guests and include two bottles of wine, signage, and recognition for $1,350. Individual tickets for the event are $100 each.

To purchase tickets, Girlfriends Tables, or to make a donation in support of the event, visit Donate.HopeHCS.org/Lunch2020.

The 2020 Friends of Hope Spring Luncheon is planned by Chair Etta Smith and Co-chair Heather Clegg, with committee members Billie Jans, Ellen LaFazia, Claire McMahon, Nancy Near, Jean Paradis, Reggie Polsenberg, Donna Roberts, Patt Suwyn, Adele Waddell, Sylvia Weiss, Carol Wood, and Signe Wynne.

See photos from last year's event!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Volunteers Needed: Annual Rainbow Trails Camp

Hope is seeking volunteers for their annual Rainbow Trails camp designed for children ages six through 17 who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past year.

 Scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Riverside Retreat in LaBelle, Rainbow Trails Camp is led by experienced Hope counselors, art and music therapists and is supported by community volunteers. Adults age 18 and over are invited to apply to volunteer in a number of roles, including chaperones, pre- and post-camp registration and reception, first-aid nurses, kitchen staff, buddies, room monitors, and safety and security. Some roles require two overnight stays at the LaBelle campsite; others do not.

All camp volunteers must attend an orientation session prior to camp. The application deadline is Friday, February 21. Visit https://donate.hopehcs.org/rtcvol to apply online.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Hope Parkinson Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary in 2020


In 2020, Hope Parkinson Program celebrates ten years of support provided to nearly 4,000 engaged members of our local Parkinson’s community.

Throughout the past decade, Hope has built a robust Parkinson Program offering conferences and symposia with renowned Parkinson’s experts and motivational speakers, educational events with community partners, professionally-led support groups and workshops, movement classes - from tai chi and dancing to water aerobics, and friendship-fostering events like the annual sunset cruise and holiday ice cream social. The program also offers a Young Onset Parkinson’s Dinner to connect those seeking support after an early Parkinson’s diagnosis.

The Hope Parkinson Program recently launched a new mobile-friendly website that makes it easy to sign up for events like the annual Symposium. The program’s quarterly newsletter provides its growing membership with information, resources, and inspiration.

“The Hope Parkinson program educates and empowers our members – many of whom are care partners – and provides opportunities to connect with one another,” said Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Our participants share their successes and learn from each other’s experiences. Within our caring community, our goal is to make the road less lonely. As we navigate the Parkinson’s journey together, our members find comfort in knowing they are not alone.”

Miriam Dieppa, a Hope Parkinson Program member since 2015, shared, “Hope has improved my quality of life and helped me meet other great people in my community with Parkinson’s.”

Monday, January 6, 2020

Hope Parkinson Program’s Annual Symposium: Education, Empowerment & Energy

Health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, care partners and those living with Parkinson’s disease are invited to a morning of education, empowerment, and energy at the annual Hope Parkinson Symposium on Friday, Feb. 7 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers.

Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required. Registration fees of $20 per person includes beverages, a deluxe lunch buffet, and dessert.

Dr. Julie Schwartzbard
An optional pre-event lecture at 10 a.m. by movement disorder specialist Dr. Julie Schwartzbard will present “Recognizing Off Periods in Parkinson’s and the Role of a Unique Treatment Option.”

Leslie Gibson-Weiland, RN
The Symposium begins at 11 a.m. with award-winning speaker and humor therapist Leslie Gibson-Weiland, RN discussing “The Positive Power of Humor, Hope, and Healing.”

Nikolaus McFarland, MD, PhD
The featured speaker is Nikolaus McFarland, M.D., Ph.D., a movement specialist at University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Chief, Movement Disorder Division, Associate Professor of Neurology. Dr. McFarland will present “What’s New in Medical Care, Research and Treatments for PD.”

Pete and Kelly Gaylord
The event concludes with “Care Partner Communication Tips and Tricks” with Pete and Kelly Gaylord.

Symposium exhibitors include FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers, Hope Healthcare, Lee Health Rehabilitation Services, and US WorldMeds. The pre-symposium lecture Presenting Sponsor is ACORDA Therapeutics. Supporting sponsors include Abbott, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Boston Scientific, and Personal Training by Jeri Ann.