Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tell Your Taste Buds: Cookin’ Men Tickets are on Sale!

VIP tickets, general admission tickets, and table reservation for Parkview Foundation’s 16th Annual Cookin’ Men are available for purchase at! Presented by Fifth Third Bank, the event will take place on Saturday, April 27 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Don’t wait— VIP and general admission tickets are going quickly! When you register for VIP tickets, you and your guests will enjoy decadent treats, drinks, and great conversation from 6-7:00pm. Doors will open for general admission at 7:00pm. General admission tickets are $65 in advance and VIP tickets are $150.

Please join us in 2019 as we celebrate 16 years of Cookin' Men tradition on Saturday, April 27. Because of earlier detection and improved treatment, death rates for women with breast cancer have steadily declined since 1990. As we all know, screening mammography can save lives. Breast cancer detected in its earliest stage increases the survival rate to 95 percent. Because of this, the Parkview Foundation is dedicating the 16th annual Cookin’ Men event to raise funds for Francine’s Friends mobile mammography program. Please join us as we support early detection, prevention, screening and management plans to fight breast cancer. Additionally, your support will focus on personalized approaches and improved care for those in need. In other words, we’re working to save lives and we need your support to make that happen.

Click here to register today!

For questions about Cookin’ Men, contact Kelli Kline at

Friday, February 15, 2019

Kroger “Shares the Love” with Donations to Local Charities, Including Francine’s Friends

Kroger’s Central Division celebrated Valentine’s Day in Fort Wayne by donating $91,877 to five charities as part of its division-wide “Share the Love” event. Chris Gomez of Kroger’s Central Division presented checks to local nonprofits that exemplify the company’s own philanthropic goals, specifically Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative and Fight Cancer Days.

“Supporting these organizations, and others, is another way we at Kroger say thank you to our customers,” Gomez said. “These organizations demonstrate the kind of support in this area with services that might not over wise be available.”

“Francine’s Friends is so grateful to Kroger for all they do for our community,” enthused Marita Dwight-Smith, director, Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Program.  “Without this type of community support, we could not do what we do.”

The local charities included Community Harvest Food Bank, Love INC of Huntington County,  Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank, American Cancer Society, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, and Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Program.

The “Share the Love” celebration will continue as Kroger’s Central Division distributes more than $400,000 to nonprofits in five states. Last year, Kroger ranked in the top 20 of America’s largest donors by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, giving back $189 million to the communities it serves.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time to Get YOUR Indiana IBCAT License Plate!

Francine’s Friends is a 2019 recipient of a grant for breast cancer screening from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. (IBCAT). 

In 2019 alone, IBCAT granted $445,000 to 30 organizations dedicated to screening mammography and diagnostic programs. Services are available in nearly every Indiana county. In addition to screening/diagnostic services, IBCAT also funds Support Services grants for patients currently battling breast cancer. For assistance, visit to find the program that is closest to you.

IBCAT receives funds through sales of breast cancer awareness special group recognition (SGR) license plates.  Each license plate sold generates a $25 donation to IBCAT. The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness SGR license plate can be purchased by visiting any Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) branch, online, or on a Connect kiosk. 

“Thank you IBCAT for improving the health of women in our communities,” said Francine’s Friends director Marita Dwight-Smith. “Not only does this grant help in the detection and prevention of breast cancer, it’s imperative to the overall wellbeing of those who might otherwise not have access to this important procedure. IBCAT helps us fund screenings in Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties in northeast Indiana. We are so grateful for this support from IBCAT and for making a difference in the lives of our patients and their loved ones,” she concluded.

Since the Breast Cancer Awareness special group recognition license plate was first made available in 2002, over $5 million has been distributed by the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) through competitively awarded grants to organizations throughout Indiana for innovative projects for breast cancer screening, diagnostic and support services not otherwise available to medically underserved populations in Indiana. In addition, over $560,000 has been awarded in scholarships to incoming and current college students who have lost a parent or who have a parent currently battling the disease.

The mission of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and support services throughout Indiana. Indiana residents may purchase an Indiana breast cancer awareness special group recognition license plate by visiting any Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch, online at, or on a Connect kiosk for an annual $40 fee, $25 of which is a direct tax-­deductible donation (to the extent of the law). The plate may be purchased for display on passenger motor vehicles, motorcycles, trucks with a declared gross weight of not more than 11,000 pounds, and recreational vehicles.

For more information on the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust and the programs it funds, please visit or call 866.724.2228.