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).

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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!
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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!