March 2016: Batter Up! Special Events


March 2016: Batter Up! Special Events • (800) 835-1673
March 2016: Batter Up!
Twins Spring Training: A Volunteer-Led Fundraiser
Once again, proceeds from the concession stands at the
Minnesota Twins spring training will help us provide
exceptional care and support to every individual and their
loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. These special events
are only possible through the dedication and support of our
wonderful volunteers. Thank you again for all that do to
support Hope!
Warm Regards,
Samira K. Beckwith, Hope President and CEO
Special Events
A Fun Evening at this Year’s Pre-Game Warm Up
Over 40 friends and volunteers came out to celebrate the kick-off of our annual
Twins Spring Training fundraiser. We are especially grateful to Danny Barbosa
(below, top left) from Hammond Stadium, Claudia Gilbertson for creating and
presenting role descriptions via PowerPoint, Peggy Porter for helping with the
t-shirt station, and all the other volunteers who helped this evening run smoothly.
Special Events, Continued
Friends of Hope: An Evening in Old Havana
The Friends of Hope Committee hosted An Evening in Old Havana dinner at the
Bonita Bay Club, raising more than $58,000 for Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice
in Bonita Springs.
Led by chairs Etta Smith, Mary Kozlowski and Joyce Kozlowski, the event hosted
more than 100 guests who enjoyed ballroom salsa dancers, a cigar roller and a
live auction featuring a trip to Havana. The event reunited many of the founding
donors and supporters who championed Joanne’s House and helped Hope break
ground on the site 11 years ago.
Annual Hope Parkinson Symposium
Over 400 guests attended our Symposium!
We are grateful to our sponsors, FYZICAL
Fitness and Harborside Event Center/City
of Fort Myers for their generous support.
Several volunteers attended to help with
registration, nametags and goodie bags.
Tuck In Volunteers Celebration
A group of our Tuck In Caller volunteers
gather together about once a month to
enjoy a birthday luncheon. The most recent
one was held at the Veranda restaurant in
downtown Fort Myers.
Volunteer Appreciation
save the date • april 26 • broadway palm
1 Y ersary!
March 5
and Blood Pr
*while suppli
es last
Find amazing bargains on furniture, clothing and accessories,
artwork, jewelry, antiques and home goods. Our boutique includes
brands like Burberry, Chico’s, Escada, Kate Spade and St. John’s.
Saturday, March 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Support Hope • Shop • Donate • Volunteer
Hope Chest at The Crossings
The Resale Store for Hope Hospice
28520 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Suite B. • Bonita Springs, FL 34135
(239) 444-1111 •
Ways to Volunteer
Exercise Instructors Needed for Parkinson Boxing Classes - Training Provided
We need volunteers who can assist or instruct PD boxing classes. Full, detailed
training will be provided for anyone who is interested. The classes have recently
expanded to include individuals who have more trouble with balance and
mobility. You can be a huge help by providing them with navigation hints and
encouragement (like the “corner men” you’ve seen in Rocky movies).
This opportunity will first be available for the Saturday classes at 9:00 a.m. You
will volunteer for approximately one hour at the FYZICAL Fitness location near
Daniels and Metro Parkway in south Fort Myers. To learn more, call Michelle
Martin, Hope Parkinson Program Coordinator at (239) 985-7727.
Hope Chest Sales Floor Assistants and Cashiers in North Fort Myers
We have urgent needs for extra help on the sales floor and at the cash register.
Call Jane Davis at 652-1114 to volunteer.
Flower Volunteers at North Fort Myers Community Center
Last year, volunteers created and delivered 147 arrangements to homes and
facilities throughout Cape Coral and North Fort Myers!
Captains, Cooks, Cashiers & More at Hope’s Baseball Fundraiser
This is our 10th year of raising money for Hope through the concession stand
during the Minnesota Twins Spring Training at Hammond Stadium. Anyone
16 years or older – not just Hope volunteers - can help. Please ask your family,
friends, and neighbors to join us. Shifts run from February 29 through March 31.
We still need several volunteers; check with your volunteer coordinator to find
out which shifts need coverage.
Please carefully consider your availability
and commitment level before signing up.
Cancellations are extremely difficult for
coordinators and on-site volunteers.
Volunteer Department Updates
Record-Breaking Fort Myers Orientation
We had a record number attend our February orientation class! In addition to 35
new volunteers, we had three members of the Legacy AmeriCorps program join
us for additional education.
VALOR Program Testimonial
“Thank you for the Hope Honor Guard who
came to visit George. Thank you also for all the
wonderful gifts - the beautiful quilt made by the
Hope volunteers, the adorable “buddy bear,” and
also for the American Flag pins. We were grateful
to the chaplain who ended with a nice prayer. It
was a very moving morning for all of us.”
~ George’s Family
Notice for Snowbirds or Anyone with a Change of Address/Phone
If you’re back in Florida, let us know. If your address or phone number ever
changes, let us know. When you’re planning to head north, let us know. Please
call or e-mail your volunteer coordinator with up-to-date contact information!
In Memoriam: Volunteer Nancy Foley
Nancy passed away on February 7, 2016; she had been a volunteer
with Joanne’s House since 2006. Nancy lived in Highland Woods
and was an avid golfer. Her service will be held at St. Mary’s
Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs on March 14 at 10:00 a.m.
Continuing Education
Comfort Care and Touch Program
The first half of this class will provide best practices for addressing and
interacting with individuals in our care, giving you a better understanding of the
limitations they face with day to day activities. The second part will demonstrate
techniques for reducing stress and anxiety through the power of touch. You’ll
learn how to provide gentle hand massages and use warm face cloths. This is a
great class for volunteers who work directly with the individuals in our care - or
for those with close friends or family who are declining due to advancing age or
illness. RSVP to your volunteer coordinator.
HealthPark Office: Tuesday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Volunteer Department Contact Information
Bill Burnett: (239) 444-3813
Hope Chest at The Crossings (Bonita)
[email protected]
Jane Davis: (239) 652-1114
Hope Chest (North Fort Myers)
[email protected]
Ester Domingo: (239) 415-7217
Teams 410, 420, 750, PIC, PACE Lehigh
[email protected]
Colette Johns: (239) 985-7728
Volunteer Manager
[email protected]
Fran Nanio: (239) 985-7701
Teams 210, VALOR, Parkinson, PACE
[email protected]
Barbara Nielsen: (239) 444-4140
Teams 130, 240, 730 and PACE Naples
[email protected]
Bob Sheehan: (239) 489-9188
Director of Volunteer Services
[email protected]
Renee Stack: (239) 985-7772
Teams 110, 720, Administrative Office
[email protected]
Many unique scents were on display
at the recent Aromatherapy class in
Fort Myers
Stella Toomey: (239) 322-5357
Teams 240, 250, 260
[email protected]
Nina Tomasello: (239) 656-3240
Teams 310, 320, 330, 710
[email protected]
Barbara Tvedt: (239) 444-4138
Compliance Specialist
[email protected]
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