"Celebrating Champions"
12th Annual "Lunch with Friends"
October 14, 2016
11:30-1:00 p.m., Allen County Memorial Coliseum 

Please join us as we celebrate our champions — this year’s breast cancer survivors and the Breast Diagnostic Center (BDC) staff from the coach! We’ll also be sharing a “passion for fashion” with our survivor makeovers, along with Jophiel, Carson’s, Susan’s and The Find. William C. Petty, M.D.,  Medical Director, Breast Diagnostic Center and TJ Krasun, Senior Manager, Hospital Systems Lakeshore Division, American Cancer Society, Inc. will discuss “Controversies in Screening Guidelines” using a lively debate format for our educational component. There’s always plenty of surprises included too!

2016 Sponsorship Info:
Ellen Tom: 433-3389 or
Sharon Simmons: 385-2016 or
Event Ticket or Table Captain information:
Glynda Harris: 385-1601 or

Mark your calendars and save these dates for opportunities on how you can help raise funds and support Francine's Friends, mammograms for every woman, and early detection - the BEST protection! Thank you to our terrific third-party partners for creating and sponsoring this wonderful events!


May 19, 2016 
Tri Kappa Presents Second Annual "Pink Out"
Auburn, Indiana and various locations in DeKalb County 
The Francine's Friends mobile mammography coach will be at
6th Street between Main and Jackson in downtown Auburn from 1-8 pm.
Schedule your mammogram today!

July 30, 2016 
Moonshine Cowboys 4th Annual "Ride 4 a Cause" 
Wabash, Indiana 

August 20, 2016 
Todd Alber 5th Annual Memorial Golf Outing
Noble Hawk Golf Links, Kendallville  
11:00 AM – Golf Registration begins
11:30-12:30 Buffet Lunch
1:00 Shot Gun Start
For more information visit

11th Annual "Lunch with Friends" — October 9, 2015
11:00 Registration — 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Allen County Memorial Coliseum 
Get tickets TODAY!... (reservation window closes on 9/24/15) for a very special 11th Anniversary Celebration with FRIENDS! We'll have many surprises in store for all of our FRIENDS as we celebrate 11 years of early detection!

Table of 10 Friends and Individual tickets are available - all funds raised go to help cover the cost of mammograms on the coach for those uninsured or under-insured. Contact Jeanne Schneider (625-3532 or or Sharon Eisbart (432-2252 or to purchase your ticket today!

For information on sponsorship, please contact:
Ellen Tom - 433-3389 or
Sharon Simmons - 385-2016 or

Tri Kappa Presents Pink Out Dekalb County
— May 21, 2015
Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography will be at the Auburn Cord Dusenberg Automobile Museum from 1:00pm–7:00 pm providing screening mammograms.
Call (260) 483-1847 or (800) 727-8439, ext. 26540, to schedule your appointment.

Thursday, May 21 - Pink Out Day in Auburn
ACD Automobile Museum 10a-7p- Francine’s Friends mobile mammography coach
-10a-7p Francine’s Friends table at ACD Museum
-Wear pink and receive discounted admission to ACD
- Coach will be onsite doing mammograms 1p-7p

Community Foundation Health and Wellness Fair 4p-7:30p

 - More than 8 agencies/exhibitors

Downtown Auburn 10a-8p

 - 10a-8p DABA “Shop with Friends" with participating retailers
- 5p-8p Cruise-in
- 8p Closing and Tribute Ceremony - Community Foundation

Thank you to the 2015 Pink Out Platinum Sponsors:
Steel Dynamics, Inc. Butler Division, RGC Incorporated, Metal Technologies, glo Magazine, Classic City Signs, and KPC Media Group

Thank you to our 2015 Pink Out Gold Sponsors:
Tempus Technologoies, Scheumann Dental Associates, and Emley Design Group (EDG)

For the most current information on all of the activities planned for Pink Out Dekalb County:

Also part of the Auburn Tri Kappa/Dekalb County 2015 Pink Out Activities:

Zumbathon — Saturday, May 2, 2015
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m
YMCA of Dekalb County, Auburn, Indiana
Register your PINK TEAM today! 

Door Prizes, celebration, dancing, & MORE. All ages and all fitness levels are welcome to this Pink Out dance party to raise funds for Francine’s Friends, Inc. Your dance moves help provide the special women in your life with early detection — which is the best protection. Registrations are DUE April 18th, 2015 and must be returned to the WMCA of Dekalb County, 533 North Street, Auburn, IN 46706. T-Shirts are not guaranteed after 4/18/15, so please register TODAY! $25.00 per person or $20.00 per person with a team of 5 or more. This is a ALL AGES event.

New Market Grocery Stores — In-store watermelon promotion to benefit Francine's Friends 
May 8-9, 2015
At participating New Market stores in Syracuse, North Webster, Garrett and North Manchester
New Market and Robinson Fresh both know a sweet way to stay healthy - watermelon! Shop the first week of May in participating New Market grocery stores and you can support Francine's Friends.

Donate $1 and $5 for "sweet early detection" — and on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, receive a free watermelon for every $5 donation to Francine's Friends! We love our community partners!

Check out their Facebook page:

Partners in Survival Workshop — October 15, 2014
5:30pm–8:30pm — Dinner Provided
Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza, Ft. Wayne, IN 46802
Parking at the main library is free with a valid library card.
Garage & surface lots are available.
For women with breast cancer and the men who care for them.
Workshop will be led by Marc Heyison, former professional baseball player with the Baltimore Orioles and President/Founder of Men Against Breast Cancer.
Enjoy dinner together from “A Taste of Kroger” from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, then separate breakout sessions for both groups before coming back together for closing remarks. Presented by Kroger with help from Francine's Friends, American Cancer Society and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. To register or learn more, contact Cancer Services of N.E. Indiana, Stacey Stumpf at 260-484-9560 or

10th Annual "Lunch with Friends" — October 10, 2014
11:00 Registration — 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Allen County Memorial Coliseum 
Mark YOUR calendar and save the date!...for a very special 10th Anniversary Celebration with FRIENDS! We'll have many surprises in store for all of our FRIENDS as we celebrate 10 years of early detection!

BE our runway-style extravaganza presented by fashion expert Julie Eckert-Clancy and her staff from featuring 14 models, including six breast cancer survivors! Visit Jophiel's facebook page here.

...about breast reconstruction surgery from John Q. Cook, M.D., Rush University Med. Ctr. Chicago, Illinois. Yale-educated Dr. Cook offers patients over 20 years of in-depth knowledge and surgical skill united with a detailed understanding of the nuances and subtleties of the natural form. Learn more about Dr. Cook here. 

ENJOY PERFORMANCES our own Miss IPFW, Shana Patel, whose platform includes Francine’s Friends. She’ll be joined by some of HER friends from “Hip Hop for Hope” a fundraiser she conceptualized and hosted for Francine’s Friends.

Table of 10 Friends and Individual tickets are available - all funds raised go to help cover the cost of mammograms on the coach for those uninsured or under-insured. Contact Jeanne Garton (625-3532 or or Sharon Eisbart (432-2252 or to purchase your ticket today!

For information on sponsorship, please contact:
Ellen Tom - 433-3389 or
Sharon Simmons - 385-2016 or

Thank you to our 2014 sponsors to date:
Presenting Sponsor: PHP, Brigadoon Fitness and Luncheon Sponsors: Radiation Oncology Associates, Vera Bradley, glo Magazine, Emley Design Group, Jophiel, Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology, Punch Films, Shaffer Multimedia, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and Omnisource.

Help us make mobile mammography screening and early detection of breast cancer available to EVERY WOMAN in Fort Wayne and the surrounding counties!

2014 Fort4Fitness — September 26-27, 2014

Francine's Friends is proud to be a Fort4Fitness Charity Partner for the 7th annual Fort 4 Fitness Fall Festival, which takes place September 26-27, 2014 at Parkview Field.

How does this work? If 100 or more individuals select our charity for the Fall Festival event, then Francine's Friends will receive 10% of the registration fees from those participants collected by Fort4Fitness.

STEP 1: Register
Register online using our code FRFR (case sensitive) in the box labeled “Enter a Charity Partner Code” on the registration form or select us from the drop down menu.  To register go to

Already registered and didn't select a Charity Partner but want to add Francine's Friends? Just email at Fort4Fitness and she will add you to our roster - it's never too late!

STEP 2: Decide whether to walk or run
You don't have to be a serious runner to participate — and that there is a place for everyone:
  • Kids Marathon for children ages 4-14
  • Seniors Marathon for those who are 50+ and want to log their miles over the summer (walk or run - their choice)
  • 4 mile walk/run
  • 10K walk/run and the half marathon (they even have some folks who walk the half!)  
Lots of options for folks to be able to be part of this wonderful community event, be active, and support a local charity while doing so!

STEP 3: Have Fun!!
Have fun, but of course train, train, train! Overall this event is to promote health and fitness, so no matter what event you sign up for you are taking the first steps to a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about this amazing event, visit the website at

LET’S RUN, WALK OR CYCLE FOR THOSE THAT CAN’T! Thank you for considering Francine's Friends as the Charity Partner of your choice.

9th Annual "Lunch with Friends" October 11, 2013

"CONNECTIONS" — the 2013 theme for our fashion extravaganza was presented by Chico's, White House/Black Market and SOMA, with help from Trend Setters Hair Design and Merle Norman Cosmetics and featured our five extraordinary breast cancer survivors - all with a very special connection to Francine's Friends.

Friends LEARNED ABOUT...the latest in medical updates from Dr. William Petty, Breast Diagnostic Center.

SWING and SWAY...Indiana University's a capella group "Another Round" ( was on hand to entertain and serenade our audience and lovely models. "Another Round" is the current undergraduate singing group from IU, marking the newest chapter in the storied history of men's a capella performance groups following the success of "Straight No Chaser". "Another Round" was thrilled to continue to bring great music and pride from the heart of Bloomington to our "Lunch with Friends" event and fellow hoosiers!

We thank our 2013 Presenting Sponsors PHP Foundation and Brigadoon Financial, 2013 Luncheon Sponsors Vera Bradley, glo magazine, Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology, Emley Design Group, Steel Dynamics, Inc., Omnisource, and media sponsors Star 88.3, Indiana News Center/21 Alive and I Wear Pink, and Shaffer Multimedia, bosom buddies, table captains, and guests for the ongoing support and enthusiasm for Francine's Friends mobile mammography coach!

2nd Annual Todd Alber Memorial Golf Outing
to Benefit Francine's Friends

Saturday, August 17, 2013
11am registration; 1:30pm Shot Gun Start
Noble Hawk Golf Links, Kendallville, IN
Todd Alber
Help celebrate Todd's memory and his enthusiasm for the game of golf — and benefit Francine's Friends!
• 11:00 AM: Golf Registration begins
• 11:30 AM: All-you-can-eat lunch buffet is served
• 1:30 PM: Shot Gun start
• Brief award ceremony immediately following golf
• Prizes awarded for Longest Drive(s), Longest Putt and Closest to the Pin
• A Hole-in-One wins a new car from O’Daniel Automotive Group
• 50/50 Raffle tickets, additional drink tickets and skins game are available for purchase

Registration deadline is August 2, 2013. Contact Scott Downs for more info: (260) 312-2304 or email: Click here to view the Facebook outing page.

Join Fifth Third Bank and Francine's Friends for 
"Mammos-4-MOMS"...sponsored by Fifth Third Bank
Friday, May 10, 2013 — 9am-3pm
Fifth Third Bank — 5925 Illinois Road
Calling all MOMS (daughters, aunts & grandmothers too) for a day filled with food, fun, massages...and mammograms!
> Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Coach
> Magic 95.1 live remote (11am-1pm)
> Chair massages from MassageEnvy
> Snacks & sweets from Goeglein’s
> Fun activities and more!

Plus, a chance to win these prizes!
• Day at the Spa from Cali Spa ($200 Value)
• Grocery Giveaway from Meijer ($500 Value)
• “Mom’s Night Away” at Hyatt Place and Cork ‘n Cleaver (dinner value $200)
• “Mom’s Night Away” at Hyatt Place and Chops Wine Bar (dinner value $150)
• Private Tour and Tasting at DeBrand Fine Chocolates (priceless)

Call (260) 483-1847 or (800) 727-8439, ext. 26540 to make an appointment for your mammogram on May 10.

"Girls’ Night Out with Friends"
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Open House 4:00 pm-8:00 pm 2930 Hedgerows Pass, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(Covington Chase subdivision)
Hostess Kris Purcell —

Join hostess Kris Purcell for beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and the premiere of the “Gems for Life” necklace from Goldworks, LLC — a fine chain with stations of gems that can be added to — to celebrate the special dates and people in your life!  10% of all sale proceeds will be donated to Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography!

Also as part of this special evening on Nov. 15th: — two exclusive trunk shows featuring:

> Frederic Duclos “silver and gold extraordinaire for today's woman” — using luscious pearls, natural stones, exotic materials, and hand textures; wearable art pieces with value. 
> Michou jewelry — "Art to Wear," and indeed each piece is a diminutive sculpture created with exquisite, one-of-a-kind details: Tiny, gleaming hinges that move between fluid elements of filigree, granulation, scrollwork, or reppousse; luscious 22K gold vermeil accents; vibrant faceted stones set against gleaming sterling silver, polished bright or brushed to a pearlescent finish.

In addition, Goldworks, LLC will have their very own silver- and gold-filled “Chains by the Inch” — chains made for personal style. Fun to make, fun to wear; there are a number of chain styles available to make a unique everyday wear necklaces. All metals: silver, yellow white and rose gold, brass, silver filled, gold filled, and even silk link chains.

Do something different by mixing a few chain styles, multiple strands of a chain, mix strands with different link sizes , and so on…
Bring a "friend" or two — hope to see you there!

"Lunch with Friends" — October 12, 2012
11:00 Registration, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Allen County Memorial Coliseum  

Individual tickets still available - $75 donation goes to help cover the cost of mammograms on the coach for those uninsured or under-insured. Contact Jeanne Garton (625-3532 or or Sharon Eisbart (432-2252 or to purchase your ticket today!

COME... Murray (Chicago's Second City Improv), Dr. Adeline Deladisma, 2012 sponsors PHP Foundation, Radiation Oncology Associates, Vera Bradley, Indiana Surgical Specialists (ISS), Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology, Emley Design Group, Steel Dynamics, Inc., Omnisource, Star 88.3 (confirmed as of 7/2012), bosom buddies, table captains, and guests for our 2012 annual luncheon!

BE our eight breast cancer survivors - their stories, their lives today, and their newly acquired fashion "wow", under the direction of Nancy Nokaya, owner of Essentials and Frosting, with help from Susan's Fashions, Stein Mart, Trend Setters Hair Design, Merle Norman Cosmetics, The Loft, Vera Bradley, and others....(more details to come). You won't want to miss this exciting presentation honoring these inspirational women)...!

LEAVE...on a high note with a special grand finale send-off that will leave you feeling happy, hopeful, and inspired to share with others the experiences of this special event! Be sure to check for ongoing updates.

If you are already a sponsor for 2012, THANK YOU! If you are interested in sponsorship information, please contact Ellen Tom, (433-3389 or as soon as possible for more information. She will add your name to the invitation list for the July 26th luncheon as a confirmed event sponsor.

Download PDF of flyer here

2012 Table Captain Luncheon — Thursday, July 26, 2012
12:30 p.m., Sycamore Hills Country Club

Confirmed 2012 Table Captains, Bosom Buddies and Sponsor Representatives all will be invited to attend!

IMPORTANT! If you have already confirmed being a table captain for this year, THANK YOU! If you have not, please contact Jeanne Garton, (625-3532 or as soon as possible and she will add your name to the invitation list for the July 26th luncheon.

At the July 26th luncheon, all table captains and event sponsors will receive a packet with your October 12th luncheon invitations, so you'll have plenty of time to contact YOUR friends and fill your table(s) for our October 12, 2012 event.

Special Guest Speaker - Dr. Adeline Deladisma, AAMC Breast Center Fellow 2011-2012

Dr. Adeline Deladisma is the current Breast Surgical Oncology Fellow at the AAMC Breast Center.  She received her B.S. in Biology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and her medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.  She completed her general surgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia.

In addition, she completed a Master’s degree in Public Health in the field of epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and was an Association of Schools of Public Health Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has been actively involved in research and her interests include surgical education, the role of patient and family centered care in health care delivery, and disparities in breast cancer treatment and outcomes.

"Lunch with Friends" — October 14, 2011
11:00 Registration, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Allen County Memorial Coliseum

This year’s event hosted the premiere of “Life with Francine’s Friends” a short film starring Colleen Murray and Robyn Scott of Chicago’s Second City and produced locally by PUNCH FILMS. This "day in the life" approach looked at "Jill" and "Karen" as they peaked inside the world of Francine’s Friends.  From the volunteers and supporters to individuals whose lives have been touched by mobile mammography, it provided an intimate, and sometimes humorous portrait of this vital life-saving community service.

Click here to view photos from the 2011 event.

Dr. R. Prasad Mantravadi, MD, FACR, FACRO, presented medical updates and we were thrilled to showcase two new Francine’s Friends "superstars" - Mary Jo and Mari, our 2011 survivor makeovers. Thank you to TrendSetters Hair Design, Merle Norman and Cookie Massbaum, boutique consultant and Stein Mart - our makeover sponsors.

Presenting sponsor: PHP Foundation. Luncheon Sponsors: Radiation Oncology Associates, Indiana Surgical Associates, SDI Foundation, Vera Bradley, Emley Design Group, Punch Films, Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology, and Cindy Friend Lifestyle Studio.

Annual funds raised each year help cover the actual cost of screening mammograms for women regardless of their ability to pay.

For information on next year's event, contact Jeanne Garton, 625-3532 or

Francine's Friends
2011 Table Captain Luncheon
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Hills Country Club

Guest Speaker: Dr. Shalini Chitneni,
Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology
RSVP by June 22: Jeanne Garton,
625-3532 or

"Lunch with Friends" — Friday, October 8, 2010
Lisa Rinna — actress, “Dancing Queen,” model, host, author, and entrepreneur, and known to many as Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives, and Taylor McBride on Melrose Place, is coming to Fort Wayne this week! Rinna will be in town on Thursday, October 7, for a VIP reception with sponsors and other VIP “Friends”, and then will speak at the Francine’s Friends “Lunch with Friends” luncheon on Friday.

Rinna replaces Carrie Ann Inaba, who is unable to keep her commitment due to another opportunity. Rinna will be accompanied by her husband, Harry Hamlin, most notably of L. A. Law fame. The couple is also starring in TV Land’s Harry Loves Lisa, a docu-soap series premiering this week.

The mission of Francine’s Friends is to make early detection of breast cancer available to every woman in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. The Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Coach travels to various community and business sites to bring mammography screening to every woman, including those who might otherwise not have access or appropriate insurance. 

On May 25, 2010, the coach made its 1,000th site visit, and as of September 30, 2010, over 12,500 women have been screened and over $475,000 to cover the cost of mammograms has been raised through this annual fundraiser. Francine’s Friends is also a recipient of the 2008 Health Care Hero Award, in the category of Community Achievement in Health Care.

Also at the event — the lucky winner of this year’s room makeover will be announced. Cindy Friend Lifestyle Studio has teamed up with Francine’s Friends to give one lucky woman a room makeover for her home.  Each woman in Allen County who visit the Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Coach for a mammogram in November or December of this year will be eligible to enter a drawing for next year’s makeover and the winner for this year will be announced at the October 8th luncheon.

For information on both the VIP "Meet and Greet" or the Friday Luncheon, contact Jeanne Garton (phone: 625-3532 or email:

Event sponsors to date include Presenting Sponsor PHP Foundation and Breakfast Sponsors Radiation Oncology Associates, Vera Bradley, Fort Wayne Medical Oncology, SDI, Emley Design Group, Women's Health Advantage, OmniSource, Indiana Surgical Specialists, Barbara's New Beginnings and Cindy Friend Lifestyle Studio. Media sponsors include Indiana News Center and Fun 101.7 WLDE.