Thursday, December 29, 2016

Do You Have YOUR Indiana IBCAT License Plate?

Francine’s Friends will again be a recipient of a grant for breast cancer screening from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. (IBCAT). In 2016, IBCAT granted over $417,800 to 36 organizations dedicated to screening mammography programs, including Francine’s Friends.

The mission of IBCAT is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and support services throughout Indiana.  IBCAT receives funds through sales of breast cancer awareness specialty license plate.  Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust plate sales began in January of 2002.

“We are so grateful for the support from IBCAT!” explained Francine’s Friends board president Sharon Simmons. “They help us fund screenings in many counties in Northeast Indiana - Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.  Thank you IBCAT for improving the health of women in our communities!”

Through these sales, monies are available for grants deemed to best address the unmet screening needs of the people of Indiana.  Each Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness plate sold generates a $25.00 donation. For more information on IBCAT, visit

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Francine's Friends Receives $20k as Part of Kroger 2016 "Fight Cancer Days"

The Kroger Marketplace store on Dupont was the site of the "Kroger Caring for Fort Wayne" press conference held on Friday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. Eric Halvorson, Kroger Manager of Public Affairs for the Central Division in Indianapolis, joined Fort Wayne district manager Chris Gomez and local agency representatives to announce a total contribution of $126,000 for seven area charities.

A check in the amount of $82,000 went to three "Fight Cancer Day" agencies — The American Cancer Society, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and Francine's Friends, representing three percent of Kroger sales raised on October 5, 2016 —  the 38th Annual "Fight Cancer Day" — and customer donations from the month of October. In addition to "Fight Cancer Day", the "Kroger Cares" presentation on Friday included donations to Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Community Harvest Food Bank, Coats for Kids and the Salvation Army.

"Fight Cancer Day" Super Heroes from all three agencies "flew in" and were also on hand to receive the donation. Francine's Friends board president Sharon Simmons thanked Kroger for their generous donation, noting that "Francine's Friends is so grateful for this partnership; it's meant a great deal to our all-volunteer organization and all the women we reach and serve."

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Central Noble Jr-Sr High Volley Ball Pink Out raises over $1,600!

UPDATE....Here's the official photo of the check presentation in January 2017 - when these ladies make a commitment, they make a commitment! Thank you Lady Cougars and the entire Central Noble community for making the 2016 Pink Out such an amazing success!

On Monday, October 3rd, the Central Noble Lady Cougars JV & Varsity teams hosted Hamilton and were victorious, "spiking down cancer" for their annual Pink Out Night and game, raising a whopping $1,600!

Prior to the start of the varsity match-up, a moment of silence was observed and there was a presentation of pink flowers by the volleyball team to honor breast cancer survivors. There also was a bake sale, silent auction, raffles and PINK cotton candy. Francine's Friends was presented with a giant Pink Out poster signed by the Cougar Varsity Team players at the close of the evening. All proceeds from the evening's events went to Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography Unit.

“We can’t believe how much is going on this evening,” said Donna Emley, who sits on the charity’s board of directors. Such fundraising events are critical, Emley said to KPCMedia reporter Matt Getts, who was on hand for the Albian New Era. “It’s really exciting to see the community come out like this,” Emley continue, “We’re an all-volunteer organization and it’s grass roots events like this that fund our mission.”

Special thanks to Kelly Beams, Guidance Counselor, and Central Noble Varsity Volleyball coach Laura Scott for helping organize the event, all who attended, and especially the Lady Cougars JV and Varsity teams. A check for final proceeds will be presented in January.

Click here to view more photos from the evening on the Francine's Friends Facebook page.