Saturday, March 21, 2015

Moonshine Cowboys Calendar to Benefit Francine's Friends

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.

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 how to purchase a calendar, contact Bill at or (260) 571-1127. Cost is $8.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Garrett Middle School 7th and 8th grade Pink Out raises monies for Francine’s Friends

Garrett Middle School (7th and 8th grade) athletic teams raised money from Pink Out games and made a donation of $1,000 to Francine’s Friends.

Athletic Director Julie DePew presented the check to Sharon Simmons and Judy Springer between the 7th and 8th grade girls basketball games at Garrett Middle School on Monday, March 2nd. Cheerleaders Reese Furnish and Calista Grindstaff represented the school. Tonya Weaver, Garret-Keyser-Butler Director of Admin and Innovation was the coordinator for this presentation.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Buy a Carson's Community Days Coupon Book and Support Francine's Friends

UPDATE: Thanks to the help of our FRIENDS, who did fantastic job in raising funds, we qualified to receive a bonus check in the amount of $516.20.  A big shout out goes to those who sponsored the coach books: Sharon Eisbart Corporate Art, James Springer Elder Law, Trend Setters Hair Design, and Haines Isenbarger Skiba LLC.

Carson’s Community Days Coupon Booklets are loaded with fantastic offers that will be available at the Bon-Ton family of stores during the Community Days event on February 27 & February 28, 2015.

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 tiered 25%-20%-10% off shopping pass! Plus a 30% early bird coupon, web-exclusive offers, and coupons which can be used on top of over 100 Bonus Buys!                                                                

For every booklet we sell, we keep the entire $5 purchase price. Our goal is to raise $1,000.

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.

100% of the proceeds from the booklet sales will help Francine's Friends make screening mammography available for all women. Click here to learn more or to buy your book online.

Thank you for your support and HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Garrett Girls Basketball Raises $450 for Francine's Friends

The Garrett Girls Basketball team recently held a Breast Cancer awareness game and raised $450 for the Francine's Friends mobile mammography program. Coach Bob Lapadot said they also sold pink arm bands as part of the fundraiser. Great job, ladies!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Francine's Friends Receives $24,000 from 100+ Women Who Care Fort Wayne

Francine's Friends received $24,000 from the Fort Wayne Chapter of "100+ Women Who Care" on January 6, 2015 at the Kroger Store on North Clinton. Francine's Friends received the 2014 4th quarter donation from the group.

The 100+ Women Who Care website describes the organization as "an exciting group of women coming together to make a difference in our local community. The group gathers four times a year for a one hour meeting, and each member writes a $100 check to a local 501(c)(3) organization that the group selects. This combined donation makes a real impact." Recently, Parkview Hospital started matching contributions by $10,000 per quarter to help make the 100+ Women Who Care contributions more impactful.

For information on how you can become one of the 100+ Women Who Care, visit the website at

Thank you 100+ Women for making a HUGE impact through screening mammography!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Help Francine's Friends Win $1,000 from Old National Bank

Time to vote for Francine's Friends before the end of the year!

To celebrate the warm welcome Old National Bank has received from Fort Wayne and Warsaw, Old National Bank is giving away $7,000 to seven area charitable organizations. The vote of the people will determine the winner. Voting ends December 31, so go in today to cast your vote!

You can vote at any Old National Bank participating banking center in Fort Wayne or Warsaw. Click on this link for more details and the locations of the banking centers:

Qualifications for charitable organizations:
  • Charity must be a 501(c)(3) organization, not an individual
  • Charity should be listed as the local affiliate if part of a national organization
  • Charities that do not have a presence in Fort Wayne or Warsaw, as determined by Old National, are not eligible
Qualifications for voters:
  • No purchase necessary
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Limit one vote per person per day
  • Old National associates are not eligible to vote
Please help us rock the Francine's Friends vote! And thank you Old National Bank!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Garrett High School Volleyball Girls Raise Over $3,500 for Francine's Friends!

Garrett Lady Railroaders ROCK! Francine's Friends mobile mammography staff accepts a check for $3,516 while the mobile mammography coach was at St. Martin’s. The funds raised by the Garrett High School Volleyball Team was from their annual pink event. This is a repeat event for this wonderful high school group - well done, ladies!

Shown from left to right: Garrett senior Lyndsey Gibson, Francine’s Friends mobile mammography coach staff Jan Miller and coach driver Dawn Fox and Garrett senior Morgan Vogel.