Saturday, October 30, 2010

Your Chance for Room Makeover in Nov./Dec.

Thanks to Cindy Friend Lifestyle Studio, all Allen County women receiving a mammogram on the coach during the months of November and December may enter to a drawing to win a room makeover! The drawing (a $2,500 value) will be held in early January and the lucky winner will be announced then.

"I was a guest at the 2007 breakfast and left it inspired and thinking of how I could help," Said Cindy Friend, Owner and Interior Designer of Cindy Friend Lifestyle Studio. "The drawings/makeovers continue to be successful and inspiring for us as well as the winners."

To schedule an appointment, call 260-483-1847 or 1-800-727-8439, ext. 26540 (unless noted otherwise noted — click here to see remaining schedule for 2010). Appointments preferred and should be scheduled prior to the date. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Bras Across the Bridge" to benefit Francine's Friends

During Breast Cancer Awarenss month, WMEE, along with special sponsor Barbara's New Beginnings and IPFW, has created "Bras Across the Bridge" — a visual symbol of breast cancer awareness, hope, and survivors.

New and gently used bras will be used to form a giant chain of bras to span the St. Joe River at IPFW. Click here to find out more about donation locations and live broadcast schedules. This Sunday, October 17th at 1:00 pm, WMEE will do a special "Bra-Cast" at the Venderly Family Bridge at IPFW.

"We are very happy to be involved with women’s health issues, but particularly this one because of how it has affected our staff directly and family members of staff as well," explained WMEE's Becki Kelley, also a cancer survivor. 

Barbara's New Beginnings has been a loyal supporter of Francine's Friends since the beginning and we are honored that they would choose us to benefit.

Please help support this promotion of the health of women in our community and awareness for the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Lunch with Friends with Lisa Rinna" a success

Our thanks to everyone — table captains, attendees, bosom buddies, sponsors, corporate tables, individuals, and all of our other "friends" for a wonderful luncheon on Friday. View photos from Friday's luncheon on the Francine's Friends Facebook page by clicking here.

Keynote Lisa Rinna spoke about her life as actress, boutique owner, author, mom, and wife, and also shared her personal experience: her sister and mother were recently diagnosed and both had double mastectomies. Rinna talked about the power of two things — "prayer and a positive attitude" and the difference both can make when a diagnosis occurs. She also applauded the efforts of Francine's Friends and the importance of early detection.

Sponsors for this year’s event include presenting sponsor PHP Foundation, premier sponsors Radiation Oncology Associates and Vera Bradley, luncheon sponsors SDI, Fort Wayne Medical Oncology, Women’s Health Advantage, Indiana Surgical Specialist, OmniSource, Barbara’s New Beginnings, Cindy Friend Lifestyle Studio, and Emley Design Group, and media sponsors Indiana News Center and Fun 101.7 WLDE.

Also announced at the event: Cindy Friend Lifestyle Studio has once again teamed up with Francine’s Friends to give one lucky woman a room makeover for her home.  Each woman in Allen County who visit the Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Coach for a mammogram in November or December of this year will be eligible to enter a drawing for next year’s makeover.

Friday, October 8, 2010

"Flat Harry" a Huge Hit

When we first found out Lisa Rinna would be able to join us for "Lunch with Friends, husband Harry was accompanying her too. If you happened to catch them on "Today" on Tuesday, in the middle of the telecast, they received a call that their boutique, Belle Gray, was being robbed. So instead of Harry coming with Lisa to us, he flew back to LA early to deal with that, and for an event at the store Thursday night.

At Thursday's "VIP" Meet and Greet, we presented Lisa with a life-size cut-out of Harry for her to keep at her side while in Fort Wayne so she wouldn't be lonely. She absolutely cracked up when we gave it to her and brought it with her to the luncheon to share with 600+ women. She even took pics with her phone and sent to Harry - it was a big hit!

The morning of the luncheon, she had already Tweeted about Francine's Friends ("what amazing women") and flat Harry, and the news made other media websites, because at the store event in CA, they ALSO presented Harry with a cut-out of Lisa! Said Rinna, "this is how we make our marriage work lol!"

Purchase Lisa Rinna's new book today and help Francine's Friends!

For those of you at today's luncheon, keynote speaker Lisa Rinna talked about her new book, "Starlit: A Novel," an entertaining fictional look at Hollywood. 

Lisa announced today that for a limited time only, a portion of the proceeds for books purchased on Amazon will go to Francine's Friends!

Read more about the book here at

Her first book, 2009’s "Rinnavation: Getting Your Best Life Ever," was a New York Times best-seller. Thank you, Lisa!

"Harry Loves Lisa" - and Francine's Friends and Fort Wayne does too!

The VIP "Meet and Greet" event last night with Lisa Rinna was a wonderful event and Rinna is such a warm, lovely, genuine person. She happily posed for numerous photos and chatted with sponsors and guests during the two-hour reception.

American Style Ballroom's co-owner, Patric Didier, and his partner and breast cancer survivor Mary Essingler, performed an inspiring dance exhibition for Rinna and guests.

Rinna was also presented with the limited edition print, "Life's Dance," created by local artist Terry Ratliff for Francine's Friends and also the cover art for notecards all attendees will receive at the 10/8 luncheon.

See more at the photo album on Facebook — click here now.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

UPDATE — Lisa Rinna to Speak Friday at "Lunch with Friends"

Lisa Rinna — actress, “Dancing Queen,” model, host, author, and entrepreneur, and known to many as Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives, and Taylor McBride on Melrose Place, is coming to Fort Wayne this week!

Rinna will be in town on Thursday, October 7, for the VIP reception with sponsors and other VIP “Friends,” and then will speak at the Francine’s Friends “Lunch with Friends” luncheon on Friday.

Rinna replaces Carrie Ann Inaba, who is unable to keep her commitment due to another opportunity. Rinna will be accompanied by her husband, Harry Hamlin, most notably of L. A. Law fame. The couple is also starring in TV Land’s Harry Loves Lisa, a docu-soap series premiering this week.

We are VERY excited that Lisa Rinna is able to join us, and bring her husband with her! Both her mother and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer, and in the month of October, proceeds from sales at Belle Gray, her boutique, go to help support and fight the fight against breast cancer.

We know this will be a wonderful and special "Lunch with Friends!"