Thursday, November 5, 2015

Kroger 2015 Fight Cancer Day Results

Francine's Friends is excited to announce and thank Kroger for their generous donation of $12,500 and $6,568 from their customers' direct donations.  Kroger donated 3% of its October 7, 2015 sales to Francine's Friends, American Cancer Society, and Cancer Services - a total of $50,000. In addition, Kroger customers donated cash between October 1 and October 31, 2015 which raised an additional $26,271 and was divided among the three organizations.

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Great Day with Friends!

Friday, October 9, 2015 was a great day with Friends at the 11th Annual Lunch with Friends event!  If you missed it or need a reminder of how much fun you had visit our Facebook Page and view all the photos.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Help Francine's Friends Win the Pink Glove Dance Contest - Just VOTE!

Please SHARE this with ALL your friends! VOTE for "Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center” benefitting Francine's Friends in the PINK GLOVE DANCE Contest!

Breast Diagnostic Center would be very grateful if you could take a minute and help get Fort Wayne, IN to #1!

Click here and Vote Online and Help Francine’s Friends Win Up to $15,000! Vote for the "Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center” link at Pink Glove Dance!

Voting is from September 9th to the 23rd, so vote once a day from all your email accounts!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Moonshine Cowboys Calendar and Ride to Benefit Francine's Friends

Moonshine Cowboys update:
What a beautiful day it turned out to be, it reminds us of the great day we had back on June 20, 2015 with the Moonshine Cowboys!  Thanks again for raising over $7,000 for Francine’s Friends!  Hear more about the Moonshine Cowboys’ and others’ fundraising efforts at the 2015 Lunch With Friends on October 9th.  Be sure to get your reservations in now!  (See more Moonshine Cowboy photos here.)

Original post from 3/21/2015:
The Moonshine Cowboys Riding Club is a group of people bonded together with their love for motorcycles and the open road.  The group, formed in 2012 and started their first fundraising events in 2013 to support causes for non profit groups.​ They stay together because of their commitment to various causes and helping others in need. They have a full charter and are accepting new members.

The first annual Moonshine Cowboys Ride for a Cause in 2013 raised $3,500 (net) for breast cancer research. The second year (2014) raised $6,000 (net). 2015 events and activities include a community appreciation day in May, a June blood drive, the third Ride for a Cause in August, and adopting families in December. Francine's Friends will be one of the local charities to benefit from the 2015 "Ride for a Cause", to be held on June 20, 2015.

At the present time, the Moonshine Cowboys are selling “Bikers Against Breast Cancer” calendars and have raised $1,000 so far to be given to Francine’s Friends. “The reason for choosing Francine’s Friends is to help have a direct impact on helping others with the early detection of breast cancer,” said Bill Griese, president of the group. “The Moonshine Cowboys Riding Club is committed to helping those that are in need and will use the power of their members to make a difference in our communities.”

To find out more, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

For more information about this year's "Ride for the Cause" or how to purchase a calendar,  contact Bill at or (260) 571-1127. Cost is $8.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Markets Grocery Stores and Robinson Fresh Partner to "Melon UP!" and Raise Funds for Francine's Friends

New Market Grocery Stores in North Manchester, North Webster, Syracuse and Garrett came together to help create awareness for early detection through mobile mammography for a week in May leading up to Mother's Day weekend. The first-time "Melon UP!" raised a little over $3,500 through the sales of watermelon and direct donations.

" I think we accomplished several things: Created awareness for a fantastic cause, raised money for a great local charity organization,  sold some watermelon, and created a foot print for future events," said Doug Knowles, New Market, North Manchester. " It has been a pleasure working with Francine’s Friends on this charitable event." 

"CHRobinson was a fantastic partner in helping with the donation of the watermelon, and SUPERVALU also partnered with New Market with a cash donation," Knowles continued. "We're just very proud of the group effort and help from all involved, including our produce managers and store associates.  More importantly, is the relief and help the promotion will help bring to women in our communities."

Watermelon provides a huge dose of antioxidants, about 80 percent of the daily vitamin C requirement, and 30 percent of vitamin A, or beta carotene. Watermelon also contains lycopene, the famous cancer-fighting substance found in tomatoes.

Beginning on May 4th, New Market received $1 and $5 donations (names written on paper watermelon slices) at the cash registers.  Donations were signed and posted prominently in four New Market stores.

On 5/8 and 5/9, customers were offered a free watermelon with each $5 donation. In-store promotions included watermelon samples, carving demonstrations, an info table, and activities for kids.

Click here to see more photos on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lady Knights Raises $1,300 for Francine's Friends; Honors "Ms. Sue"

The Lady Knights basketball team held a Pink Out on Feb 6 at Bishop Luers.  For this last game of the season, they played in honor and memory of Sue Ross, who passed away from breast cancer June 30.  "Ms. Sue", as she was fondly called by Emilia and Gabrielle Miles, left monies in her will to purchase pink jerseys for the team to wear.

Every year "Ms. Sue" would remind Alice, Emilia and Gabrielle's mother, to have a mammogram done and her husband a prostate screening.  Ms. Sue was a strong advocate of preventative measures as it pertained to breast cancer.  Therefore, Emilia and Gabrielle decided to hold a Pink Out and donate the monies raised to go to Francine’s Friends. 

Bishop Luers sold t-shirts to students, faculty and families.  Travel Leaders, Ms. Sue’s employer for over 35 years, and Michael McKinney, General Manger at Tom Kelley Cadillac and a personal friend of the Miles family who lost his wife to breast cancer, agreed to purchase sshirts so that more money can be raised.  Lady Knight Emilia, no. 42 and a senior, played her final home game on Friday, February 6. Emilia also spoke to the packed auditorium before the game, sharing her personal thoughts. An excerpt is here:

"Tonight our Lady Knights are trading red for pink in honor of a dedicated women's basketball fan for Luers, Indiana Fever, and Purdue basketball. She was my neighbor for about 11 years and she was my second mom...when Ms. Sue passed away, I lost my best friend, my mentor, my mom, my coach, my cheerleader, my everything. While she was just one of many who had this disease, she was a wonderful woman and she left a huge mark on this world and sepecially on me. I love you, Ms. Sue."

Click here to view photos from the game night in February on FB.

On May 1, Emilia and the Lady Knights presented a check to Francine's Friends in the amount of $1,300. L to r:1st row:  Tiffany Albertson, Bishop Luers Principal; Dana Boretzky, Luers senior BB Lady Knight; Emilia Miles, Luers senior BB Lady Knight; Sharon Simmons, Francine's Friends board president; Glynda Harris, Francine's Friends board secretary; Briana Wood, Luers senior BB Lady Knight; and Amanda Rectanus, Luers senior BB Lady Knight.
second row;  Rick Brown, Bishop Luers Athletic Director and Mark Pixley, Bishop Luers Varsity Lady Knights BB coach.

What a wonderful group of young women! Our thanks to all of the Lady Knights, the coaches, players, athletic supports, fans and everyone who participated in "trading red for pink"! You all are incredible!

Friday, May 1, 2015

DeKalb County Indiana Officials Proclaim May Pink Out DeKalb County

Monday, April 27, 2015, three mayors and a town manager declared May as Pink Out DeKalb County month in their respective communities.

On hand for the proclamation were: first row:  (L-R)  Tena Woenker, Town Manager, city of Waterloo, Norm Yoder, Mayor of the city of Auburn; Ron Walter, Mayor of the city of Butler; and Tonya Hoeffel, Mayor of the city of Garrett.

In the second row:  Melissa Eshbach, Tri Kappa of Auburn, Francine's Friends board member and secretary Glynda Harris; Francine's Friend's board member and vice president Judy Springer; Francine's Friends board member and president Sharon Simmons; Francine's Friend's board member and treasurer MaryAnn Ziembo; and Shelley Smaltz, Tri Kappa Auburn (photo courtesy of Melissa Eshbach).

Click here to read offical KPCnews post:

Official Tri Kappa Presents "Pink Out DeKalb County" events include a Pre-Event - Zumbathon, on Saturday, May 2, with pre-registration from 5-6 pm and the Zumbathon event from 6-10pm at the Auburn YMCA.

Thursday, May 21 - Tri Kappa Presents "Pink Out DeKalb County 2015" in Auburn!
Click here for details: or

All proceeds to benefit Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography. Special thanks to Melissa Eshbach, Shelley Smaltz, and Natalie Taylor-DeWitt, of Tri Kappa of Auburn, for doing such a wonderful job of organizing this first-time event!