Friends, family and supporters of Hope HealthCare Services recently gathered for the 3rd annual Toast to Hope event at the Tarpon Landings at Tarpon Point Marina.

The event, hosted by Marianne Dodge and the Toast to Hope Committee, raised more than $30,000 to benefit Hope Hospice of Cape Coral and the Tribute Gardens.

The gardens offer the chance for families to take their loved one out of their hospice room and enjoy the solace and beauty of the outdoors. One of the newest additions to the Tribute Gardens – the Hope Labyrinth – features a stone path and waist-high plantings that lead visitors into the center and back out again. The labyrinth – which is often visited by churches, school children and other community groups – provides a gently meandering pathway and serene setting for quiet reflection and meditation.

In addition to Dodge, the Toast to Hope committee includes notable Cape community leaders Judi Brink, Joann Elardo, Diane Everhart, Therese Everly, Marilyn Kistler, Cheryl Komnick, Leslie Koon, Jacque Miloff, Barbara Rosen, Stephen Slosburg, Judy Sowers, Gloria Tate, Barbara Vesey and Jacque Wier.