Thursday, November 5, 2015

Kroger 2015 Fight Cancer Day Results

Francine's Friends is excited to announce and thank Kroger for their generous donation of $12,500 and $6,568 from their customers' direct donations.  Kroger donated 3% of its October 7, 2015 sales to Francine's Friends, American Cancer Society, and Cancer Services - a total of $50,000. In addition, Kroger customers donated cash between October 1 and October 31, 2015 which raised an additional $26,271 and was divided among the three organizations.

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Great Day with Friends!

Friday, October 9, 2015 was a great day with Friends at the 11th Annual Lunch with Friends event!  If you missed it or need a reminder of how much fun you had visit our Facebook Page and view all the photos.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Help Francine's Friends Win the Pink Glove Dance Contest - Just VOTE!

Please SHARE this with ALL your friends! VOTE for "Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center” benefitting Francine's Friends in the PINK GLOVE DANCE Contest!

Breast Diagnostic Center would be very grateful if you could take a minute and help get Fort Wayne, IN to #1!

Click here and Vote Online and Help Francine’s Friends Win Up to $15,000! Vote for the "Byron Health Center and Breast Diagnostic Center” link at Pink Glove Dance!

Voting is from September 9th to the 23rd, so vote once a day from all your email accounts!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Moonshine Cowboys Calendar and Ride to Benefit Francine's Friends

Moonshine Cowboys update:
What a beautiful day it turned out to be, it reminds us of the great day we had back on June 20, 2015 with the Moonshine Cowboys!  Thanks again for raising over $7,000 for Francine’s Friends!  Hear more about the Moonshine Cowboys’ and others’ fundraising efforts at the 2015 Lunch With Friends on October 9th.  Be sure to get your reservations in now!  (See more Moonshine Cowboy photos here.)

Original post from 3/21/2015:
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. Francine's Friends will be one of the local charities to benefit from the 2015 "Ride for a Cause", to be held on June 20, 2015.

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 this year's "Ride for the Cause" or how to purchase a calendar,  contact Bill at or (260) 571-1127. Cost is $8.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Markets Grocery Stores and Robinson Fresh Partner to "Melon UP!" and Raise Funds for Francine's Friends

New Market Grocery Stores in North Manchester, North Webster, Syracuse and Garrett came together to help create awareness for early detection through mobile mammography for a week in May leading up to Mother's Day weekend. The first-time "Melon UP!" raised a little over $3,500 through the sales of watermelon and direct donations.

" I think we accomplished several things: Created awareness for a fantastic cause, raised money for a great local charity organization,  sold some watermelon, and created a foot print for future events," said Doug Knowles, New Market, North Manchester. " It has been a pleasure working with Francine’s Friends on this charitable event." 

"CHRobinson was a fantastic partner in helping with the donation of the watermelon, and SUPERVALU also partnered with New Market with a cash donation," Knowles continued. "We're just very proud of the group effort and help from all involved, including our produce managers and store associates.  More importantly, is the relief and help the promotion will help bring to women in our communities."

Watermelon provides a huge dose of antioxidants, about 80 percent of the daily vitamin C requirement, and 30 percent of vitamin A, or beta carotene. Watermelon also contains lycopene, the famous cancer-fighting substance found in tomatoes.

Beginning on May 4th, New Market received $1 and $5 donations (names written on paper watermelon slices) at the cash registers.  Donations were signed and posted prominently in four New Market stores.

On 5/8 and 5/9, customers were offered a free watermelon with each $5 donation. In-store promotions included watermelon samples, carving demonstrations, an info table, and activities for kids.

Click here to see more photos on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lady Knights Raises $1,300 for Francine's Friends; Honors "Ms. Sue"

The Lady Knights basketball team held a Pink Out on Feb 6 at Bishop Luers.  For this last game of the season, they played in honor and memory of Sue Ross, who passed away from breast cancer June 30.  "Ms. Sue", as she was fondly called by Emilia and Gabrielle Miles, left monies in her will to purchase pink jerseys for the team to wear.

Every year "Ms. Sue" would remind Alice, Emilia and Gabrielle's mother, to have a mammogram done and her husband a prostate screening.  Ms. Sue was a strong advocate of preventative measures as it pertained to breast cancer.  Therefore, Emilia and Gabrielle decided to hold a Pink Out and donate the monies raised to go to Francine’s Friends. 

Bishop Luers sold t-shirts to students, faculty and families.  Travel Leaders, Ms. Sue’s employer for over 35 years, and Michael McKinney, General Manger at Tom Kelley Cadillac and a personal friend of the Miles family who lost his wife to breast cancer, agreed to purchase sshirts so that more money can be raised.  Lady Knight Emilia, no. 42 and a senior, played her final home game on Friday, February 6. Emilia also spoke to the packed auditorium before the game, sharing her personal thoughts. An excerpt is here:

"Tonight our Lady Knights are trading red for pink in honor of a dedicated women's basketball fan for Luers, Indiana Fever, and Purdue basketball. She was my neighbor for about 11 years and she was my second mom...when Ms. Sue passed away, I lost my best friend, my mentor, my mom, my coach, my cheerleader, my everything. While she was just one of many who had this disease, she was a wonderful woman and she left a huge mark on this world and sepecially on me. I love you, Ms. Sue."

Click here to view photos from the game night in February on FB.

On May 1, Emilia and the Lady Knights presented a check to Francine's Friends in the amount of $1,300. L to r:1st row:  Tiffany Albertson, Bishop Luers Principal; Dana Boretzky, Luers senior BB Lady Knight; Emilia Miles, Luers senior BB Lady Knight; Sharon Simmons, Francine's Friends board president; Glynda Harris, Francine's Friends board secretary; Briana Wood, Luers senior BB Lady Knight; and Amanda Rectanus, Luers senior BB Lady Knight.
second row;  Rick Brown, Bishop Luers Athletic Director and Mark Pixley, Bishop Luers Varsity Lady Knights BB coach.

What a wonderful group of young women! Our thanks to all of the Lady Knights, the coaches, players, athletic supports, fans and everyone who participated in "trading red for pink"! You all are incredible!

Friday, May 1, 2015

DeKalb County Indiana Officials Proclaim May Pink Out DeKalb County

Monday, April 27, 2015, three mayors and a town manager declared May as Pink Out DeKalb County month in their respective communities.

On hand for the proclamation were: first row:  (L-R)  Tena Woenker, Town Manager, city of Waterloo, Norm Yoder, Mayor of the city of Auburn; Ron Walter, Mayor of the city of Butler; and Tonya Hoeffel, Mayor of the city of Garrett.

In the second row:  Melissa Eshbach, Tri Kappa of Auburn, Francine's Friends board member and secretary Glynda Harris; Francine's Friend's board member and vice president Judy Springer; Francine's Friends board member and president Sharon Simmons; Francine's Friend's board member and treasurer MaryAnn Ziembo; and Shelley Smaltz, Tri Kappa Auburn (photo courtesy of Melissa Eshbach).

Click here to read offical KPCnews post:

Official Tri Kappa Presents "Pink Out DeKalb County" events include a Pre-Event - Zumbathon, on Saturday, May 2, with pre-registration from 5-6 pm and the Zumbathon event from 6-10pm at the Auburn YMCA.

Thursday, May 21 - Tri Kappa Presents "Pink Out DeKalb County 2015" in Auburn!
Click here for details: or

All proceeds to benefit Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography. Special thanks to Melissa Eshbach, Shelley Smaltz, and Natalie Taylor-DeWitt, of Tri Kappa of Auburn, for doing such a wonderful job of organizing this first-time event!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

DeKalb Barons and Garrett Railroaders Pink Out Game raises almost $1,600 for Francine's Friends

DeKalb and Garrett high school boys’ basketball teams faced off at DeKalb High School for the first annual Shoot for the Cure basketball game.  Miss DeKalb County, Megan Smaltz, along with the leadership of the DHS cheerleaders joined forces with the Auburn Tri Kappa chapter and DeKalb Health to Pink Out the entire arena.  Shelley Smaltz, Tri Kappa organizer said “I am so proud of the cheerleaders, basketball teams, students, faculty, and staff support from both schools who have united to bring breast cancer awareness and prevention to DeKalb County!  Their actions have spoken loudly as to how strongly our County feels about putting an end to breast cancer.  Thanks to the generosity of DeKalb Health, both teams, cheerleaders, and fans who put on pink in support of breast cancer awareness.”

T-Shirts printed by Smit-T’s of Auburn were sold at the game for a minimum donation of $10.  All proceeds went to Francine’s Friends mobile mammography to help support screening mammography for all women.

Click here to view photos of the evening on Facebook.

The “Shoot for the Cure” game marked the first of many events scheduled in DeKalb County this spring — culminating on May 21st with the official "Tri Kappa Presents PINK OUT DeKalb 2015" in Auburn. The Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography coach will be at the ACD Automobile Museum providing screening mammography, along with a Health and Wellness Fair at the Community Foundation, shopping with Friends and DABA in downtown Auburn, a cruise-in, and closing ceremonies — all to benefit screening mammography. A pre-event "Zumbathon" will be held on Saturday, May 2, from 6-10 at the Auburn YMCA, with proceeds going to Francine's Friends.

To find out how you can get involved in Pink Out DeKalb County 2015, please contact Natalie Taylor at, visit “Tri-Kappa Auburn” on Facebook or visit

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!