Tuesday, April 10, 2012

See Francine's Friends in April issue of SEE Magazine!

Check out the online April issue of SEE Magazine and you'll "see" a familiar face or two - pages 10, 11 and 12 include photos and an article about Francine's Friends.

Founder and Editor Lori Lewis has passion, purpose and a very defined mission for SEE Magazine; to quote Lori, "it's my life's deepest desire that even one girl or woman feel heartened by what she reads in SEE Magazine, that it gives her something she needs, right when she needs it, and she comes away from its pages better for it — stronger, with more of a sense of herself and her worth." SEE shares stories of empowered girls and women — and Francine's Friends is thrilled to be included in the April issue.

Click here to read it now...Thank you Lori, for helping to share the Francine's Friends mission and story for all to SEE!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Francine's Friends on Chicago Comcast

"Life with Francine's Friends" will be airing in Chicago and outlining areas on Comcast Cable 25, RCN Cable 25 and WOW Cable 25 on the following dates:

Monday, April 9th at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 16th at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m.

Thanks to John Cuneo of Punch Films for helping to make this possible.

"Life with Francine's Friends" premiered at last year's annual October fundraising event. The video/23-minute short film asked luncheon attendees to ride along with best friends “Jill” and “Karen” as they learned more about “life with Francine’s Friends” after Karen gives Jill a mammogram appointment on the coach for her birthday. Francine’s Friends and “friends” all help equip Karen with ammunition about early detection and mammography screening in an attempt to help convince Jill to "get on the coach."

Robyn Scott and Colleen Murray, of Chicago's Second City star in "Life with Francine's Friends" and are also real-life best friends. Robyn and Colleen also graciously agreed to host, emcee and introduce the video premiere to the luncheon audience. Along with Scott and Murray, "Life with Francine's Friends" features Francine’s Friends founders, partners, board members, funders, sponsors, table captains, community supporters, breast cancer survivors and a host of other “friends” and was filmed locally at Toscani's Pizzeria, Fort Wayne Urban League, Scotts Foods and TrendSetters Hair Design. 

The video was created locally by PUNCH FILMS, in association with Francine’s Friends, Inc. and Emley Design Group, and was produced by PUNCH's John Cuneo and Derek Devine.

The Comcast airings hope to raise awareness and continue to inspire women (and men) to take action and support mobile mammography and the importance of early detection.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Francine's Friends Thanks Major Funders of 2011 Capital Campaign

Board president Sharon Simmons (left) presents
certificate of thanks to Jill Nichols, Executive Vice President
Philanthropy & Community Relations at Vera Bradley
(center) and Catherine Hill, Foundation Executive Director
at Vera Bradley (right).
The entire board of the all-volunteer non-profit Francine's Friends was both thrilled and humbled that it not only met its capital campaign goal, but "thanks to so many generous individuals, supporters, donors and funders, we have exceeded it!" said board president Sharon Simmons.

The 2011 capital campaign to raise $350,000 for a replacement coach succeeded thanks to major funders of $25,000 or more including English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, PHP Foundation, Radiation Oncology Associates, Indiana Surgical Specialists, Steel Dynamics Foundation, and Vera Bradley. Board president Sharon Simmons recently presented certificates of thanks to all of these special friends.

Those donating $15,000 and above include Wilson Family Foundation, Journal Gazette Foundation, and Mary Cross Tippmann Foundation. Funders contributing $1,000 and above include Waterfield Foundation, Howard P. Arnold Foundation, and Dr. John Crawford.

The new coach served its highest number of women yet in November of 2011, and has been on the road making life-savings screenings possible Allen County and the surrounding communities.

Click here to view photos of the new coach.