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Save the Date: Friday, October 13, 2023

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Shine hosts are State Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka and Lizbeth Benacquisto.

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


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.”

– Samira K. Beckwith, President & CEO of Hope

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.

Shine Bright

This fall, there will be another opportunity to Shine! Bid on this stunning 9-karat sapphire ring from an anonymous donor. Appraised at almost $50,000, Hope will be auctioning this ring in the fall. If you’d like to receive details about the auction for this stunning piece, contact us.


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.

Painting by Mary Jo Walker

This picture-perfect custom painting by the incomparable Mary Jo Walker is truly one-of-a kind! Mary Jo brings mystique and unique beauty to each masterpiece she creates. Place a bid to win your very own artwork from this incredibly talented artist.

She’s Got Beauty & Style

Perfect for the fashionista AND beauty queen, this packaged lot features a luxurious Yves Saint Laurent monogram shoulder bag and a rejuvenating facial* at Natalie’s Skin Solutions. With this auction lot, beauty and style are all yours!

*Or other service, value not to exceed $1,300

Newport, RI Getaway

This getaway for two promises a refreshing trip to luxurious Newport, Rhode Island, recently named a top destination by Conde Nast Traveler. Soak up the sights and sounds of this beautiful area with this auction lot, including hotel accommodations, dinner and a mansion tour.
auction lot art held by artist Rachel Pierce

Art Studio Experience with Rachel Pierce

Join local artist Rachel Pierce for an art studio experience at her brand-new, private studio on Sanibel. Gather your friends to create your own, custom acrylic paintings under Rachel’s direction. Wine and appetizers included!

Bubbly Bee Beverage Cart

Bring on the bubbly while you bid on the chance to welcome Bubbly Bee to your next garden party, family soiree, or corporate event. Southwest Florida’s elite mobile tap truck features three taps that can refresh you and your guests with a variety of beverages such as beer, wine, prosecco, mimosas and more.

Starlight, Starbright, Fill My Glass Tonight

Some wheelbarrows have all the fun. Keep the party going after the event by taking home a wheelbarrow filled with an assortment of fine wines and top-shelf liquor.