October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Francine's Friends is thankful for the many third-party organizations who designated funds from their October fundraisers to support Francine's Friends and our mission.
Summit Plastic Surgery raised over $4,500 to help provide screening mammography through Francine's Friends with its first annual "Think Pink" event at the West Jefferson location on October 19th. Dr. Matthew E Shambaugh has spect 25+ years helping those affected by breast cancer and he and his staff welcomed guests to refreshments, a silent auction, prizes and giveaways, a demonstration of services, and a tour of the new office. It was a terrific evening with our new FRIENDS!!! For more information about Summit Plastic Surgery, visit www.summitps.com.
On Friday and Saturday nights in October, Fort
Wayne's SKYZONE Park was all a GLOW for Francine's Friends! For
those of you not in the GLOW, this black-light after dark
experience is like none other with lasers, LEDs, EDM music and black
lights. Special Neon GLOW t-shirts were for sale with a portion of each sale going to Francine's Friends. T-shirts were available through the end of October. Thank you SKYZONE for helping to create awareness and funds through this awesome promotion! Find out about other upcoming events at https://www.skyzone.com/fortwayne
Locally owned and independently operated Yard Cards by Jess helps celebrate birthdays, milestones and many
other special events by helping Fort Wayne decorate a yard with high quality personalized
signs. Jess and her friends raised $122 for Francine's Friends during the month of October. Find out more about Jess on her Facebook page - Yard Cards by Jess Facebook Page - and "don't just give them a card, decorate the yard!"! Thank you JESS!
Francine's Friends is very appreciative and grateful to the many organizations throughout the year who support Francine's Friends and its mission through third-party fundraisers. For information on how your organization can partner with Francine's Friends, contact Sharon Simmons, board president (cell: 260-385-2016 or email: SharonRae7@aol.com).
Friday, November 17, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
The other heart and soul of our annual luncheon — our generous Table Captains — were also acknowledged and thanked for their efforts in bringing together all of THEIR Friends to fill the seats, along with other community partners and supporters.
This year's event luncheon sponsors were Kroger, Radiation Oncology Associations, Physicians Health Plan, Vera Bradley, Steel Dynamics, Briner, Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology, OmniSource, Do It Best, Emley Design Group, Glo Magazine, Punch Films, and Shaffer Multimedia.
2017 Corporate Tables included BAE Systems, Breast Diagnostic Center, Brigadoon Fitness, Lake City Bank, Medical Protective, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center, Old National Bank, PNC Bank, and Women’s Health Advantage.
Since its inception, Francine’s Friends has funded 14,053 mammograms, and afforded 10,979 women their first screening mammogram. The all-volunteer organization has raised $1.6 million from its annual October fundraisers (from 2005-2016) to fund screening mammograms, and screened 40,085 women to date (June 2017) who are insured, under-insured, or have no insurance.
Donations may still be made to Francine's Friends to help provide early detection screenings. The average cost of a mammogram is $140. Click here to make a donation online!
Click here to view the feature video from this year's "Lunch With Friends"
Click here to view the Facebook photo album from this year's "Lunch With Friends"
Sunday, October 1, 2017
IBCAT receives funds through sales of breast cancer awareness specialty license plate. Each IBCAT license plate sold generates a $25 donation. The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness license plate can be purchased online or at any Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) branch.
“Thank you IBCAT for improving the health of women in our communities!” exclaimed Francine’s Friends board president Sharon Simmons. “IBCAT helps us fund screenings in Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties in northeast Indiana. “We are so grateful for the support from IBCAT.”
The mission of IBCAT is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and support services throughout Indiana. For more information on IBCAT, visit breastcancerplate.org.
Monday, September 25, 2017
That's what page 30 of the October issue of Glo magazine asks us all to do. Glo magazine has been a long-time community partner and friend to Francine's Friends. Each issue helps create awareness by including the schedule for the Francine's Friends mobile mammography coach, how to schedule a mammogram, and a factoid about the importance of early detection as the best protection in the fight against breast cancer.
This October issue highlights Francine's Friends — the organization, its mission, its annual October "Lunch with Friends" fundraiser, and this year's featured survivors. In the article, long-time event sponsor Mark Millet, president and chief executive officer of Steel Dynamic, says this: “Francine’s Friends is providing a valuable service to our community and we are proud to be a community partner with them.”
Echoing Millet’s sentiments is Michelle Kearns, marketing communications director of Physicians Health Plan, who said, “Francine’s Friends shares our focus of supporting preventive health and early detection programs and we are proud to provide financial support for continued access to life-saving mammograms."
"We are appreciative for our continued partnership and value Francine's Friends and its mission tremendously," said Executive Director Sue Rawlinson. And Francine's Friends is equally appreciative — we couldn't do it without the help of Sue, Melissa, Lynn, Barb, Betty, and all of our friends affiliated with Glo magazine, Senior Life and The Papers. Thank you for your continued friendship and commitment!
The October issue of Glo is on newsstands now!
Monday, August 21, 2017
Francine's Friends board members were on hand when the kick stands went up! The 2017 Moonshine Cowboys "Ride for a Cause" with Brandt’s Harley Davidson took place on Saturday, August 5th, 2017. There were 204 motorcycles and over 360 riders – plus additional attendees at the live auction and dinner that followed the ride.
“The event, as always, was so full of enthusiasm and inspiration. It was heartwarming to see the dedication and determination of so many working together to save lives,” explained Irene Walters, Francine’s Friends Board Member. “We did our best to convey to as many as possible how grateful Francine’s Friends is for this event and support.”
“What a caring group of individuals who took a Saturday afternoon motorcycle ride and turned it into a major fundraiser to support breast cancer initiatives,” echoed Glynda Harris, Francine’s Friends Vice President and Board Member. “Everyone was wonderful, generous and downright fun. Our thanks to everyone involved in making this happen!”
The ride was created five years ago when the Moonshine Cowboys partnered with Robert & Toni Metzger (Owners of 95.9 KISS FM – WKUZ Radio). Toni lost her sister Susie to a rare form of breast cancer and created the ride with the Moonshine Cowboys in memory of her sister. The group planned and hosted what has come to be an annual “fight breast cancer” fundraiser that has grown every year, with the proceeds going to Francine’s Friends. In 2016, the Moonshine Cowboys joined forces with Brandt’s Harley Davidson in Wabash.
“It was a really unique event with lots of happy bikers committed to both a good cause and a desire to help others - I loved the great tee shirts everyone was wearing, the amazing generosity and the awareness so many bikers created for early detection,” said Mary Ann Ziembo, Francine’s Friends Treasurer and Board Member.
The Moonshine Cowboys, Brandt’s Harley Davidson and 95.9 KISS FM – WKUZ Radio would like to thank everyone for making the 2017 event a great success. “We’re looking forward to 2018 being even more successful!” exclaimed co-founder and event organizer Toni Metzger.
Additional information can be found on http://www.rideforacause.net or contact: Clarence Griese – Phone: (260) 571-1127 or Toni Metzger – Phone: (260) 571-8142.
Event phoots can be found at: https://rideforacause.net.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Four Francine’s Friends board members shared personal stories and perspectives on early detection, education, awareness and advocacy as part of a panel presentation. Over 40 women (and three men!) gathered for lunch, learning and laughter and to hear more about this year’s 13th annual "Lunch with Friends".
The 13th Annual “Lunch with Friends” will be held Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. 2017 "Lunch with Friends" sponsors to date include Kroger, Radiology Oncology Associates, P.C., Physicians Health Plan, Vera Bradley, Steel Dynamics, Briner, OmniSource, Do It Best Corp., Fort Wayne Oncology and Hematology Consultants, Emley Design Group, GLO Magazine, Punch Films, and Shaffer Multimedia.
The call to action was "Bring YOUR Friends and honor breast cancer survivors!" Luncheon guests will also enjoy survivor makeovers by Jophiel, Lacie’s Hair Design, and The Red Stiletto — and all help raise funds for mammograms!
View this year's Table Captain Luncheon photos on Facebook by clicking here. For information on being a table captain, bosom buddy or corporate sponsor for this year's event, or for individual ticket information, contact board vice president Glynda Harris (email@example.com or 385-1601).
Thursday, June 8, 2017
It's always fun to spend a morning or afternoon in the company of Friends, which was exactly the case when the current board members of Francine's Friends came together as part of a video shoot in preparation for the annual "Lunch with Friends" fundraiser in October.
What was captured during the two-day long shoot? Fifteen minutes of fame for all of us? We think not. Bloopers? Absolutely! Our very own Fort Wayne version of "Burns and Allen"? We guarantee captured footage of that!
Thirteen years of memorabilia from the storage closet and shared memories helped fuel each conversation segment, covering topics ranging from the first trip to Dayton/Cincinnati to research the original coach to accolades and community awards to the over 40,000 women served. Most importantly, talk centered around the many survivors who have participated in each luncheon, the role of early detection, and how many of OUR Friends have made mobile mammography accessible and available to so many.
Many thanks to the Punch Films crew who made the interviews run smoothly, along with the magic of make-up artist Christa Rife, who made all of us "better versions of ourselves" for the shoot.
Want to see the finished product? There's only one way to do so — be sure to attend this year's "Lunch with Friends" on October 13, 2017.
Our goal is to fill the Memorial Coliseum with as many friends as possible to promote the importance of mammograms and early detection. Contact Jeanne Schneider (625-3532 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sharon Eisbart (432-2252 or email@example.com) on how you can become a table captain or for more information on individual seating. In the meantime, check out these "behind the scenes" stills of Friends in action!