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Hope Shine Date Icon April 1, 2022

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Shine hosts are State Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka and Hope Executive Vice President Lizbeth Benacquisto.

They are joined by committee members Rebekah MacFarlane Barney, Noelle Branning, Rachel Busch, Lillian Canfield, Zannon Garza, Laurie Moore, Vanessa Tyler, and Amy Thibaut.

Samira K. Beckwith
Samira K. Beckwith,
President and CEO of Hope Hospice


For forty years, Hope has been a safety net for Southwest Florida. Community support helps provide care for those who are in life’s final chapter, for all who are grieving, and for seriously ill children and their families. To learn more about how donations benefit the mission of Hope, please visit More Hope.

“Many don’t realize how much Hope relies on funds raised from events like Shine. It is only with the community’s support that we are able to provide Hope for everyone who needs our care.”


While we had hoped to come together this October for Hope Shine, we have made the decision to postpone our gathering until 2022.

Please mark your calendars for our new date – April 1, 2022 – and join us for an elegant evening under the stars in support of Hope’s compassionate care. Stroll the grounds of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates while listening to live music, sipping cocktails and dining under twinkling lights. Bring friends and family to show your support of Hope Kids Care and Hope Hospice.

Don’t wait to reserve your seat or table!

The impact of Shine

Dollars raised at the inaugural Shine event supported care for children living with complex medical conditions and support for their families. Donations also provided grief counseling to children from low-income families.

The Shine funds raised provided:

home care visits
hours of grief counseling
music therapy sessions
art therapy sessions
Girl with bald head and glasses smiling while laying in bed


As Erica began spending more time in bed, her senses became increasingly important to her. She worried that she wouldn’t be able to learn to play the piano, which had been a long-held ambition of hers. One of Hope’s music therapists designed the perfect solution. Erica received a lap piano that she could play from bed. All the keys were marked with different colors to help with her vision problems. In her excitement to learn, Erica soon mastered multiple songs, to the delight of her care team.
Young girl sleeping in the back seat while hugging a doll


At seven years old, Sophia was receiving bereavement counseling services from Hope after the loss of her father. A Hope volunteer-created “Personal Treasures” – a bear and pillow sewn from the fabric of one of her father’s shirts. Her mother, Alana, said, “I have never seen Sophia fall asleep like this before – so fast and in this position. Thank you.” 

(Safety note: The car was parked.)

Young man leaning against a tree smiling


After the sudden loss of his father, 14-year-old Caleb was in an unsettling spiral of grief. To help understand his deep sadness and confusion, Caleb signed up for the annual Rainbow Trails camp. Rainbow Trails Camp breaks down the isolation young people experience from a sudden loss, helping kids know they are not alone in their grief. Sharing his story at camp helped Caleb feel stronger. “I’m still confused why this happened, but I’m not so angry anymore,” Caleb said.

Venue & Attire

Shine will be held at the historic Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. This beautiful non-smoking environment is best experienced in lawn-appropriate shoes, and guests will be invited to join us in resort casual attire. In case of inclement weather, registered guests will receive updates by email.


Shine offers many opportunities for businesses, foundations, and organizations to show their support for Hope’s mission. Each sponsorship greatly impacts the success of Shine and includes generous opportunities for recognition.