Monday, August 21, 2017

Moonshine Cowboys 2017 "Ride for a Cause" Raises Record $23,000!

Francine's Friends board members were on hand when the kick stands went up! The 2017 Moonshine Cowboys "Ride for a Cause" with Brandt’s Harley Davidson took place on Saturday, August 5th, 2017. There were 204 motorcycles and over 360 riders – plus additional attendees at the live auction and dinner that followed the ride.

“The event, as always, was so full of enthusiasm and inspiration. It was heartwarming to see the dedication and determination of so many working together to save lives,” explained Irene Walters, Francine’s Friends Board Member. “We did our best to convey to as many as possible how grateful Francine’s Friends is for this event and support.”

“What a caring group of individuals who took a Saturday afternoon motorcycle ride and turned it into a major fundraiser to support breast cancer initiatives,” echoed Glynda Harris, Francine’s Friends Vice President and Board Member. “Everyone was wonderful, generous and downright fun. Our thanks to everyone involved in making this happen!”

The ride was created five years ago when the Moonshine Cowboys partnered with  Robert & Toni Metzger (Owners of 95.9 KISS FM – WKUZ Radio).  Toni lost her sister Susie to a rare form of breast cancer and created the ride with the Moonshine Cowboys in memory of her sister. The group planned and hosted what has come to be an annual “fight breast cancer” fundraiser that has grown every year, with the proceeds going to Francine’s Friends.  In 2016, the Moonshine Cowboys joined forces with Brandt’s Harley Davidson in Wabash.

“It was a really unique event with lots of happy bikers committed to both a good cause and a desire to help others - I loved the great tee shirts everyone was wearing, the amazing generosity and the awareness so many bikers created for early detection,” said Mary Ann Ziembo, Francine’s Friends Treasurer and Board Member.

The Moonshine Cowboys, Brandt’s Harley Davidson and 95.9 KISS FM – WKUZ Radio would like to thank everyone for making the 2017 event a great success. “We’re looking forward to 2018 being even more successful!” exclaimed co-founder and event organizer Toni Metzger.

Additional information can be found on or contact: Clarence Griese – Phone: (260) 571-1127 or Toni Metzger – Phone:  (260) 571-8142.

Event phoots can be found at:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017 Pre-event Table Captain Luncheon

The 2017 Pre-event Table Captain Luncheon was held on Wednesday, July 28th at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

Four Francine’s Friends board members shared personal stories and perspectives on early detection, education, awareness and advocacy as part of a panel presentation. Over 40 women (and three men!) gathered for lunch, learning and laughter and to hear more about this year’s 13th annual "Lunch with Friends".

The 13th Annual “Lunch with Friends” will be held Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. 2017 "Lunch with Friends" sponsors to date include Kroger, Radiology Oncology Associates, P.C., Physicians Health Plan, Vera Bradley, Steel Dynamics, Briner, OmniSource, Do It Best Corp., Fort Wayne Oncology and Hematology Consultants, Emley Design Group, GLO Magazine, Punch Films, and Shaffer Multimedia.

The call to action was "Bring YOUR Friends and honor breast cancer survivors!" Luncheon guests will also enjoy survivor makeovers by Jophiel, Lacie’s Hair Design, and The Red Stiletto — and all help raise funds for mammograms!

View this year's Table Captain Luncheon photos on Facebook by clicking here. For information on being a table captain, bosom buddy or corporate sponsor for this year's event, or for individual ticket information, contact board vice president Glynda Harris ( or 385-1601).