Thursday, September 12, 2019

Donna Packnett to Speak at 15th annual "Lunch with Friends"

Donna Packnett is a breast cancer survivor, and champion of cancer patients and fellow cancer survivors. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at the age of 54, Donna underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Through the ups and downs on her journey from cancer patient to cancer survivor, she learned the importance of breast cancer awareness and patient advocacy.

Donna is also a committed community volunteer and philanthropist. She currently serves on several committees including Rhinestone Rodeo for Ronald McDonald House, Ivy Tech’s Reason to Taste, Women’s Philanthropy Groups for Healthier Moms and Babies, as well as Band Together and Christmas Families for TROY School. Recently, Donna was chosen as the artist for the Parkview Cancer Institute’s annual t-shirt design, which serves as a fundraiser for the Parkview Foundation, supporting the Transformative Cancer Care Fund.

Natives of Oklahoma, Donna and her husband, Mike, have lived in northeast Indiana for 13 years. They have two daughters, Kristin and Kelli. Together as a family, they stay active serving alongside those making strides for cancer and creating opportunity for Fort Wayne and surrounding communities. 

The annual “Lunch with Friends” is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

If you haven’t yet confirmed your intent to be a guest, Table Captain, Bosom Buddy, Corporate Table host, or Sponsor for this year’s event on Oct. 11, email Marita Dwight-Smith at marita.dwight@parkview.com or contact her at 260.249.0154 today!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

An Open Letter to All "Bosom Buddies"!


Aug. 22, 2019

Dear Friends,

THANKS TO YOU as a Bosom Buddy, along with the generosity of many sponsors and other donors, Francine’s Friends continues to bring potentially lifesaving screening mammography to women in our community. Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography means that treatment care can be started earlier. It also means a woman’s chances of survival are higher. Together, we have raised more than $1.900 million from our annual October fundraisers (from 2005-2018) to fund mammography screenings and over $2 million in overall funds raised since our inception, including the funding of over 15,000 mammograms.

The Francine’s Friends coach has visited more than 2,900 unique community, business sites and clinics in Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties in northeast Indiana. More than 44,000 women have received screening mammography services on the coach and over 11,487 women received their first screening mammogram on the coach.

Early detection is the best weapon in the fight against cancer and finding breast cancer in its earliest stages increases the survival rate to an astounding 95%! Screening mammography continues to be the best tool we have to detect breast cancer early. For over a decade, we have been able to provide screening mammography to women who might not have access due to lack of insurance or transportation. This September, the coach will upgrade from 2D digital mammography to 3D! We are so excited to bring the latest technology to our community.

As a Bosom Buddy, you gift of $1,000 will enable us to continue bringing Francine’s Friend to those women who are unable to receive screening mammography for whatever reason. Every Bosom Buddy will be recognized at our October event and receive a special gift of thanks. We need YOUR help so we are able to continue to provide the screenings for women in northeast Indiana.

Please mark your calendar for the 15th annual “Lunch with Friends” scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Registration begins at 11:00 p.m. and the program is from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Sincerely,

Marita Dwight-Smith, BAM, RT(R)(M) ARRT
director, Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography
Office: 260.266.6216   Cell: 260.249.0154
marita.dwight@parkview.com

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Annual "Lunch with Friends" is Oct. 11!


It's official — the Annual "Lunch with Friends"
is Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Convention Center.

Still interested in being a sponsor or corporate table? We have you covered. Haven't lined up all of your table guests? We can help! Interested in being a table captain this year instead of a guest? We'll drop off your table captain packets!

2019 Table Captains, sponsor representatives, and honored guests recently joined Marita Dwight-Smith and Fort Wayne’s NBC co-anchor Linda Jackson on Aug. 7 for two exciting announcements and a sneak peek as to what's coming for everyone who attends the Annual "Lunch with Friends" event in early October.

Click here to view photos on Facebook from the Kick-off Luncheon.

"At year 15, Francine’s Friends continues to make a difference in the lives of women in our area, providing screening mammograms to those who might not have access due to lack of insurance, funds, transportation or other barriers," Marita Dwight-Smith, director of Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography, told guests. "The true success of the program lies in the countless donors and sponsoring organizations in our community. You are helping women in northeast Indiana receive life-saving mammography services. Thank you for your generosity and support!"

If you’re a table captain or sponsor, remember to secure your table seats of 10 by Sept. 13 and mail the table captain reservation card with your guests’ names, e-mail addresses, vegetarian option, and checks for $75.00. Checks should be made payable to “Francine’s Friends, Inc.” and mailed to: Francine’s Friends, Inc., c/o Parkview Foundation 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

For more information on sponsorship or becoming a table captain, please contact: 
Marita Dwight-Smith, BAM, RT(R)(M) ARRT
Director of Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography
marita.dwight@parkview.com
Office:  260.266.6216
Cell:  260.249.0154

Join us as we honor breast cancer survivors and raise funds for mammograms! And don't forget — the "Lunch with Friends" RSVP date is Sept. 13. See you in October!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Kickstands up! 2019 Ride for a Cause Aug. 3

Ride for a Cause is an annual fight breast cancer ride that takes place every August and is hosted by Brandt’s Harley-Davidson Wabash.  “We are proud to announce that we are celebrating our 7th year in 2019!” said Toni Metzger, event organizer. “Our riders are some of the most generous people on the planet, and we are so happy with how much money has been raised through donations, our auction, our sponsors and our communities.”

This year’s ride takes place on Aug. 3 with kickstands up at 11:30 am. The $20 donation per person includes a t-shirt, the ride and the dinner and auction to follow. Registration opens at 9am. The ride leaves from Brandt’s Harley-Davidson in Wabash and this year’s ride stops include The Bulldog in Mentone, The Inn in North Manchester, and Scotty’s Bar, Wabash.

Donations are raised thru:
• Rider registrations
• Shirt sponsorship(s)
• Auction of merchandise donated
• Miscellaneous donations

The event has raised $94,000 total in the first six years of the ride’s creation. 100% of all money raised goes to non-profit organizations that focus on fighting breast cancer, including the Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography program.

“This is truly one of our favorite third-party events,” said Marita Dwight-Smith, director, Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography.

For more information, please contact:
Toni Metzger / Ride for a Cause information / 95.9 KISS FM – WKUZ Radio
Cell:  (260) 571-8142 or click here to go to an email contact form.

Click here to donate, order online, or pre-register

Click here to visit the official Facebook page 

Click here to visit the official website

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Kick-Off Luncheon Planned for Aug. 7!

Calling all 2019 Francine’s Friends Table Captains, Bosom Buddies, Corporate Tables and Sponsors!

It is time again to prepare for the annual Francine’s Friends “Lunch with Friends”!  At year 15, Francine’s Friends continues to make a difference in the lives of women in our area, providing screening mammograms to those who might  not have access due to lack of insurance, funds, transportation or other barriers.

The true success of the program lies in the countless donors and sponsoring organizations in our community.

The annual “Lunch with Friends” is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Our pre-event, Kick-Off Luncheon for all CONFIRMED Table Captains, Bosom Buddies, Corporate Table and Sponsor Representatives will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 at The Parkview Mirro Event and Conference Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne. Registration begins at 11 a.m.; with the luncheon to follow from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

We are VERY excited about this year’s event!  There will be some fun surprises, and our Aug. 7 guests will experience an exclusive “table captains only” reveal regarding our Oct. 11 event!

If you haven’t yet confirmed your intent to be a Table Captain, Bosom Buddy, Corporate Table host, or Sponsor for this year’s event on Oct. 11, please CLICK HERE to send a a confirmation email to Marita Dwight-Smith or contact her at 260.249.0154 so we may include you in updates going forward and have your invitation packet ready on Aug. 7.

Remember to RSVP by July 26 for the Aug. 7 Kick-Off Luncheon — we are in great hope that you will consider being involved again this year! And be sure to SAVE THE DATE for Oct. 11, 2019 annual "Lunch with Friends".

THANK YOU for your continued support and for helping to provide potentially life-saving screenings for women in our community! Without you and other donors, this program could not be possible. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

2019 Glo’s Wine, Women + Wellness ANNUAL BASH

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW for this year's annual Glo BASH! Grab your gal pals and join Glo Magazine for a summer afternoon of celebration. Enjoy great food, fun music, fashion shows, giveaways, excellent wine and fantastic friendship—and some new surprise treats this year.

“We love this event and can’t wait to attend!” said Marita Dwight-Smith, Director of Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography. As one of the five nonprofit partners with Glo Magazine, Francine’s Friends will again have a table with information for attendees to learn more about its mission of early detection and the importance of screening mammography.

2019 Glo’s Wine, Women + Wellness ANNUAL BASH
Thursday, August 1
3pm to 7pm
Country Heritage Winery, LaOtto


•    Free tote full of goodies for first 500 attendees
•    Free food from The Charles
•    Music
•    Vendors
•    Wine
•    Fashion Show
•    Health information
•    TONS of raffle giveaways
•    And so much more…

The event is free to attend, but tickets are required and available in the July and August issues of Glo magazine, or at the registration table the day of the event. More details to come - and you can learn more by following Glo on Facebook - but set the date on your calendars, ladies!  See you there!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

2019 Cookin' Men a Smashing Success!

Cookin' Men 2019 was a smashing success due to more than 1,400 guests, an entertaining chef competition, an incredible silent auction, generous sponsors, and heartwarming laughter that could be heard throughout the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The 16th Annual Parkview Foundation Cookin’ Men, presented by Fifth Third Bank, continues to raise much-needed funds in support of women’s health in our community. Through our donor’s generosity, $192,000 was raised to help Francine’s Friends fight the battle against breast cancer! The gifts of healing and comfort our donors provided are making a difference for countless women in our community regardless of their access to insurance or ability to pay.

Click here to view Parkview Health album on Facebook
Click here to view Francine's Friends album on Facebook

These gifts will help ensure that Francine’s Friends will continue to provide mammograms and proper follow-up services women need such as early detection, prevention, screening and management plans to fight breast cancer. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for us to continue the wonderful Cookin’ Men tradition of food, fun and philanthropy and supporting Francine's Friends through this event this year. Your generosity heals!

Mark your calendar and save the date - please join us in 2020 as we celebrate 17 years of Cookin’ Men on Saturday, April 18 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Click here to learn more.