Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 Health Care Awards Honorees Announced

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly recently announced 36 health care professionals and organizations to be recognized at an awards ceremony September 11.​ The honorees were selected from a record number of nominations and were chosen by the judges because they exemplify the significant contributions one individual or organization can make to the quality of health care for all in northeast Indiana.

Francine's Friends is thrilled to be included in the list of honorees. "We are so excited and very happy to have been selected as an honoree for the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Health Care Awards!" said Sharon Simmons, Francine's Friends board president. "On behalf of the entire board of Francine’s Friends, we thank you very much for honoring us and our mission to make screening mammography available to any woman in our community regardless of their ability to pay."

The list of honorees includes 15 who will also be honored in a specific category of health care. Those honorees will be announced at the event, which will also feature Mike Packnett, president and CEO, of Parkview Health as the Keynote speaker.

“This year we saw a large number of nominations, each and every one of whom are deserving of recognition and our gratitude for helping to keep northeast Indiana healthy,” said Terry Ward, COO, KPC Media Group Inc., which published Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.  “The judges were charged with determining 12 category winners, but when faced with so many outstanding candidates, they recommended 24 additional professionals be recognized. These unsung heroes receive the gratitude of their patients everyday, but are rarely recognized professionally. By honoring these professionals we are recognizing the important role quality health care plays in a community’s growth.” 

The honorees will be featured in the September 12–18 edition of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and honored at a breakfast awards ceremony on September 11, 2014 at the Landmark Centre from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Tickets are $25 and tables of eight are $200. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (260) 426-2640.

​The event is being sponsored by PHP, American Senior Communities, MainStay Solutions, and Keyflow Creative. ​Additional corporate sponsorships are also available ​ by calling (260) 426-2640 for more information.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Francine's Friends 2014 Fort4Fitness Charity Partner

Francine's Friends is proud to be a Fort4Fitness Charity Partner for the 7th annual Fort 4 Fitness Fall Festival, which takes place September 26-27, 2014 at Parkview Field.

How does this work? If 100 or more individuals select our charity for the Fall Festival event, then Francine's Friends will receive 10% of the registration fees from those participants collected by Fort4Fitness.

STEP 1: Register
Register online using our code FRFR (case sensitive) in the box labeled “Enter a Charity Partner Code” on the registration form.  To register go to A drop down menu lists alphabetically all of the Charity Partners - code first and then organization's name.  When a registrant clicks on the name, it will autofill, so select Francine's Friends from the drop down menu and you are all set!

For paper registration, there is a place to list the Charity Partner of choice. Simply write Francine's Friends in on the paper form!

Already registered and didn't select a Charity Partner but want to add Francine's Friends? Email at Fort4Fitness and she will add you to our roster - it's never too late!

STEP 2: Decide whether to walk or run
You don't have to be a serious runner to participate — and that there is a place for everyone:
  • Kids Marathon for children ages 4-14
  • Seniors Marathon for those who are 50+ and want to log their miles over the summer (walk or run - their choice)
  • 4 mile walk/run
  • 10K walk/run and the half marathon (they even have some folks who walk the half!)  
Lots of options for folks to be able to be part of this wonderful community event, be active, and support a local charity while doing so!

STEP 3: Have Fun!!
Have fun, but of course train, train, train! Overall this event is to promote health and fitness, so no matter what event you sign up for you are taking the first steps to a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about this amazing event, visit the website at

LET’S RUN, WALK OR CYCLE FOR THOSE THAT CAN’T! Thank you for considering Francine's Friends as the Charity Partner of your choice.