Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hip Hop for Hope to Benefit Francine's Friends

Plan to come out and support a fundraiser to benefit Francine's Friends - April 18, 2014 - hosted by Miss IPFW Shana Patel.

Hip Hop for Hope will be an exciting evening showcasing local talent - and the winner will perform at our 10th Annual Francine's Friends "Lunch with Friends". The show begins at 8:00 in Room 126, IPFW Walb Student Union. You'll meet Miss IPFW, see some fabulous talent from 12-13 acts, have a chance to tour the Francine's Friends mobile mammography coach from 7:30-9:00 pm - and help support a great cause!

Tickets are $10 at the door and proceeds go to fund mammograms for all women. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

LaGrange County Community Foundation supports Francine's Friends

Laura Lemings, director of the LaGrange County Community Foundation, presented a check from the foundation’s “Circle of Love” campaign to Francine’s Friends mobile mammography program. Receiving the donation are Debi Kennedy, community outreach coordinator of the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center (and coach scheduler for the coach for Francine's Friends), along with Rob Myers, president of Parkview LaGrange Hospital.

​​​The donation will help to cover the cost of screening mammograms through Francine’s Friends for women who might otherwise have put their mammogram off because of financial constraints. 

Each February the LaGrange County Community Foundation holds its “Circle of Love” campaign. For a gift of five dollars or more, the “Circle of Love” sends a valentine to the person of the donor’s choice, letting them know a gift has been made in his or her honor.

“We truly appreciate the ‘Circle of Love’s’ continuing support. Since the annual campaign first began, Francine’s Friends has received over five thousand dollars,” said Kennedy. “Nearly forty women have been able to get a screening mammogram thanks to the ‘Circle’s’ continuing support.”

“Francine’s Friends has been a natural fit for the monies raised through ‘Circle of Love’ valentines,” said Lemings. “What better opportunity to provide loved ones a valentine with a lasting impact than helping to remove a financial barrier to a test that can save a woman’s life.”

Francine’s Friends mobile mammography program serves a twelve county area in northeastern Indiana. “Through donations like this one,” continued Kennedy, “women who have no insurance, a high deductible, or are without the financial resources needed, are able to receive an annual mammogram, making it more likely to identify a problem early, when treatment is most effective.”​

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Francine's Friends Partners with Taylor Rental - Pink Port-a-johns!

Francine's Friends is excited to announce a unique partnership that promises to promote
"thinking pink" this spring, summer and fall - Pink Port-a-Johns!

Taylor Rental Plus of Auburn, Indiana is introducing pink port-a-johns! These "pretty in pink" portable restrooms are perfectly designed for women -  no urinals, purse hooks, and a pretty pink interior and exterior. Plus, 15% of the rental cost is donated to Francine's Friends!

"The battle against breast cancer is something we strongly want to help support," explained Natalie Taylor, Store Manager. "We loved the idea of collaborating with Francine's Friends - and want to see a fleet of pink portable restrooms at all types of events this season - weddings, graduations, outdoor parties, festivals and fundraisers - everywhere! We love how they look!" said Taylor.

Please help us spread the word that these special portable restrooms are available - great for upcoming graduation parties, weddings, any party or outdoor event!

For more information on renting the pink port-a-johns, click here. You can also download the PDF below, call 260-925-3000 or email Natalie at party@taylorrentalusa.com.

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Francine's Friends Part of Miss IPFW 2014's Platform


Francine's Friends invites you to join us for a winetasting fundraiser for Miss IPFW 2014 - introducing Shana Patel. Shana is currently a senior at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This event will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Two EE's Winery, 6808 U.S. 24, Huntington, Indiana.

Join us as we help celebrate Shana and the official announcement of her platform  "Be Your Own Advocate — Prioritizing Women's Health" which includes her passion for advocating for all women to become educating, empowered and more aware of their health and ways they can manage it through diet, exercise, and screenings.

You'll also learn about her preparation for the Miss Indiana pageant in June, as well as her announcement of a new partnership with a local women's health organization —  Francine's Friends! The Francine's Friends mammography coach will also be onsite and available for tours during the evening.

"We are so honored to partner with Miss IPFW 2014 to help increase mammography screenings for women in Northeast Indiana," said Sharon Simmons, Francine's Friends board president. "Shana will be a wonderful advocate to help inspire and empower all women to become more aware of their health and ways they can manage it."

"I have been honored to work with Francine’s Friends, which provides a highly accessible and visible community resource, the mobile mammography coach," explained Patel. Because of the work of organizations like Francine Friends, there are more than 2 MILLION breast cancer “survivors” in America today." she concluded.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. All proceeds from this event go to support Shana as Miss IPFW. Contact brendawigginton@yahoo.com to purchase tickets and/or for more information regarding this event.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Parkview Foundation Cookin' Men Event April 26, 2014

Join the nearly 100 other chefs for the annual Parkview Foundation Cookin’ Men event on Saturday, April 26.

Funds raised this year will support women’s health and benefit Parkview’s partnership with Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Program. 

Get your tickets at this link: http://bit.ly/109DPtI - and join everyone at the Grand Wayne Center for great food and good fun while supporting a great cause.

Parkview Foundation's Cookin' Men is a premier annual event that gives you the opportunity to enjoy extraordinary food and spirits prepared by nearly 100 local men who don chef hats for the evening.
Parkview Foundation’s Cookin’ Men is presented by Fifth Third Bank.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Purchase a Community Days booklet and show your support for FRANCINE’S FRIENDS!

Carsons believes in supporting our community and they are offering a terrific opportunity for local nonprofits. Coupon booklets, loaded with fantastic offers, will be available to use at the Bon-Ton family of stores during the Community Days event shopping days on February 28 & March 1.

Each booklet includes a $10 off coupon that can be used on an item priced at $10 or more, a value worth double the $5 price of the booklet!  And there is a 25% shopping pass!  Plus coupons can be used on top of Bonus Buys!                                                                

For every booklet we sell, Francine's Friends keeps the entire $5 purchase price. 100% of the proceeds from the booklet sales will help us.

The coupons in the booklet can be used at any Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, or Younkers store. Or online for purchases of regular, sale price and clearance items, including 10% off electronics, fashion watches, furniture & mattresses.

Come see us in person and purchase books this weekend at Carsons in Fort Wayne. Francine's Friends will be in the house on Friday, 2/21 from 10:00-12:00 and 4:00-8:00, Saturday 2/22 from 10:00-12:00 and 4:00-6:00, and Sunday 2/23 from 2:00-4:00.

Or save yourself a trip and click here to purchase online:


Thanks for your support and happy shopping!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Help Francine's Friends Receive $15,000

1st Source Bank is giving YOU the chance to help Francine's Friends receive $1,000 … or possibly $15,000.   Be creative and factual and let them know why you think Francine's Friends should receive their donation.  If you need help with your explanation, feel free to explore this website for facts and details about Francine's Friends. 

All you have to do is print and the fill out the Official Form found by clicking here (.pdf).

Please note: Nominations will be accepted at any 1st Source Bank location between now and the close of business on November 30, 2013. Organizations will be selected on the quality and QUANTITY of entries received - and each entry must be unique and completed in full. So be sure to drop off your completed nomination form in time to be counted!

Please take 10 minutes to do this so Francine's Friends has the best chance to receive the generous $15,000 donation.

Read here about the first round winners - then help Francine's Friends join them!