Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Kevin Nealon to compete on Celebrity Family Feud for Hope Hospice

Kevin Nealon, Dr. Sally Yeagley, Susan Yeagley, Chris Nealon, and Cheryl Hines
Beloved comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni Kevin Nealon has named Hope Hospice his charity of choice as leader of “Team Kevin Nealon,” competing on Celebrity Family Feud on Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m. on ABC-7.

Nealon’s team – including his wife, actress Susan Yeagley; his brother, Chris Nealon; his mother-in-law, Dr. Sally Yeagley; and actress Cheryl Hines – will compete against The Price is Right host Drew Carey and his team in the second game of the episode. After the airing, episodes are available for on-demand viewing on Hulu.

“My first experience with Hope Hospice was when they cared for my grandmother about 20 years ago. Since then, they’ve shown compassion and comfort to both my parents as well,” said Nealon. “I’m honored for this opportunity to support Hope in its mission to help others in Southwest Florida in the same kind and caring way they helped my family.”

Nealon stars in CBS’s “Man with a Plan” and starred in “Weeds” on Showtime. He has appeared in several movies, including “Happy Gilmore” and “The Wedding Singer.” He also hosts the popular YouTube series “Hiking with Kevin.”

“Kevin has been a longtime friend of Hope Hospice, and we are truly grateful for his generosity in sharing his time and talent to help Hope improve the quality of life for those experiencing serious illness and their families,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto Named Executive Vice President of Hope Healthcare

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, announced that Florida State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto has been named executive vice president of the not-for-profit organization.

With a distinguished career in public service that spans two decades, Benacquisto was first elected to the Florida Senate to represent Southwest Florida in 2010 and was subsequently reelected in 2012, 2014 and 2016. She served as the Majority Leader from 2012 to 2014 and the Deputy Majority Leader from 2011 to 2012. Previously, she served as Councilwoman for the Village of Wellington, Florida, from 2002 to 2010.

Benacquisto has been involved with Hope for several years, serving as co-chair of the annual Yachts of Hope and Shine events that benefit Hope Hospice. She has been recognized with numerous honors and awards and served in volunteer positions with a broad variety of political, civic and human service organizations.


“Lizbeth’s knowledge and skills will be an incredible asset to Hope,” said Beckwith. “She brings a unique understanding about  healthcare and services that matter most to Southwest Floridians. The board and I are confident Lizbeth will help support Hope’s mission of improving the quality of life for those experiencing serious illness and frailty.”

Journaling through the Grief Journey: An 8 Week Series for Teens Ages 15-18

If you’re a high school student who is struggling with grief after the loss of a loved one, our group will help you connect with peers, find a creative outlet for self-expression, and explore coping skills.

You will need WiFi and a quiet setting to join the group meetings on Zoom, led by Hope Bereavement Counselor Jessica Eastham and Art Therapist Danielle Brant. No prior experience in writing or art is required. After registration, we’ll discuss a simple list of supplies that may be helpful during your journaling process.

The group is limited to the first 12 participants to register, and parent/guardian permission is required for those under the age of 18.

Every Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:30 PM 
8 Week Series from June 17 through August 5 

To join, contact Jessica Eastham at 239.415.7219 or Jessica.Eastham@HopeHCS.org.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Five Tips to Cope with Mother's Day after Loss

For some people, Mother’s Day isn’t a day-long celebration with brunch, presents, cards, and flowers. Instead, it can be a difficult reminder of the very special mom who they loved and lost. Here are some simple ideas for coping with this holiday when your mother is no longer with you.

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

Open your dusty photo albums, and relive happy memories from the past. If you feel like sharing, snap a picture of an old photo to share with close friends or on social media.

Write a Thoughtful Note
What would you say to your mother if she were still here? Put your thoughts in writing on pretty notepaper or in a special notebook.

Make a Memorial Gift
Many not-for-profits like Hope allow donations to be made in memory of a loved one. Not only will you make a special tribute to your mother’s memory, but you’ll also be supporting others during this difficult time.

Light a Candle
If a financial gift is uncomfortable right now, consider lighting a candle in your mother’s memory. Can you send positive thoughts or say a prayer in support of her favorite charitable mission?

Ask for Help
If you think you would benefit from talking to a professional bereavement counselor at Hope, call 239.482.4673. Remember, we're always here to help.