Calumet College Crimson Wave Softball
For the second time, Calumet College’s Crimson Wave Girls Softball Team held a fundraiser, selling Breast Cancer T-shirts to help support the Pink Ribbon Society. To date the team has contributed over $ 900 to Pink Ribbon. Thanks to Dave Lopez, his girls, staff and supporters for making this possible.
The Strack & Van Til Families decided to support the Pink Ribbon Society with their Checkout Challenge – Round Up Program. The program ran from October 4 to October 22.
We asked shoppers to support the program by visiting local Strack stores often and rounding up their purchase to the next dollar amount – or more.
We are so very proud of our relationship with the Strack & Van Til Family. This is the third year in a row that they held the Checkout Challenge during Breast Cancer Awareness Month supporting Pink Ribbon. From 2015 and 2016, Pink Ribbon received over $95,000 from this program. To date, they have contributed over $142,000 to help the men and women of Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties in Northwest Indiana whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.
Shown from left to right are Jeff Strack, Ann Peters, President of Pink Ribbon, Maura Rowley, Secretary/Treasurer Pink Ribbon as well as cashiers Paulette Ozuna, Tina Quales and Mike DeBoer. Second from right is Ashleigh Marlow, Stracks Public Relations Coordinator.
On November 14, 2017 at their US 30 Valparaiso location, Strack and Van Til presented a check to the Pink Ribbon Society for their 3rd annual “Checkout Challenge.” Click here to view ValpoLife’s full story on this program.
Crown Point Community Foundation
Pink Ribbon Society applied to the Crown Point Community Foundation for a grant to help support the many services and programs that we provide to our community. We were so excited when the call came from Mary Nielson, President of the Foundation, that we would be granted $ 5,000. Thank you to Mary Nielsen and the Board of Directors and Committees of the Crown Point Community Foundation. The funds will be used to support those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.
Culver’s of Valparaiso
For the second year, Culvers of Valparaiso has supported Pink Ribbon through various activities including the Popcorn Festival, Family Day at Culbers and fundraising during the entire month of October. To date Culvers, their customers and team have donated over $ 6,000 to Pink Ribbon. Show above second from left is Manager-Marilyn Christman, Ann Peters and Co-Manager-Kaitlyn Manns (other names not available).
Fegely Middle School
Students and teachers at Fegely Middle School in Portage, held a Warriors Wear Pink fundraiser at their school in October to show their support for breast cancer survivors, those currently battling the disease and the many individuals Pink Ribbon Society serves in the community. Shown are Cheryl Girman, MaryAnn Smith-Athletic Secretary, Ann Peters and Janet Ybarra (Fegelyl’s head cook and currently battling breast cancer). Our thanks to the students and faculty at Fegely Middle School.
FOP Lodge 176 in Crown Point
Crown Point FOP Lodge 176 held their annual No Shave November event. Officers are allowed to participate in the fundraising project (beards are not allowed per policy). They can do this by making a monetary donation through our local FOP. The officers raised $ 1,650, which was donated to Pink Ribbon Society. Our thanks to Chief Pete Land, the officers and FOP for their support.
Gary SouthShore RailCats
What an awesome afternoon held on Sunday, August 6 at the Gary Southshore Railcats Stadium as the Gary Railcats did their share to “Strike Out Breast Cancer.” The Railcats Team, staff, committee members and guests helped to raise $ 2,095 to support the many programs and services provided by Pink Ribbon. OUr thanks to Renee Connelly, the Railcats staff and team and those who attended the game for giving us such a fun day.
GFWC Women’s Club of St. John
The GFWC Women’s Club of St. John has once again donated 100 beautiful handmade heart shaped pillows for us to put in our Bundles of Hope Bags and have also made a $ 600 donation to Pink Ribbon.
Our Bundles of Hope bags are distributed to oncology offices throughout Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties in Northwest Indiana. When a new patient arrives to begin treatment for breast cancer, she is presented with one of our pink non-woven reusable bags.
They can use the bag to transport their reading materials, snacks and of course, we’ve included a beautiful soft blanket they can use when they are receiving their chemotherapy.
The heart shaped pillow will be a much appreciated addition to the bags. The pillow is placed under the surgical arm to provide support and comfort and now they will feel the love from the Women’s Club of St. John.
The GFWC Women’s Club of St. John continues to support Pink Ribbon through fundraising efforts such as their annual Breast Cancer Bunco. Shown above is GFWC Member-Sue Horvath with Pink Ribbon’s Secretary Treasurer, Maura Rowley presenting their bunco fundraiser donation in the amount of $ 1,000.
Our heartfelt thank you to all the ladies from the Women’s Club of St. John. Your generosity and kindness are sincerely appreciated.
We would encourage all the friends of Pink Ribbon to support the events and functions held by the Women’s Club. It’s obvious that they sincerely believe in supporting our entire breast cancer community. Thank you ladies.
Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning
For the second consecutive year, Illiana Heating and Air Conditioning in Cedar Lake held their Illiana Gives Back event. This year, they donated $ 1,500 raised by their staff and customers. Shown with Ann Peters is Operations Manager, Steve Rottier. Our thanks to Illiana for their ongoing support of Pink Ribbon Society.
Writing a grant proposal to the Albertson Foundation paid off for Pink Ribbon. Albertson is the parent company for Jewel-Osco. After sending off the grant,President, Ann Peters received a call from Melissa Hill from the Albertson Foundation advising that they were recognizing us with a $ 5,000 Grant. When they offered additional help, Ann asked if they could provide the desserts for our 16th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tea…done…the Jewel in Dyer baked all of the dessert items we needed. Thank you Jewel-Osco.
Kauffman Chiropractic, with offices in Crown Point and Merrillville, has been an ongoing supporter of Pink Ribbon for over 10 years. To date, Dr. Kauffman, her staff and patients have donated over $ 18,000 to support the men and women of our community whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Shown from left to right are Amanda Maddox, Ann Peters, Jean Chappell and Dr. Danielle Kauffman.
The Legacy Foundation in Merrillville granted Pink Ribbon Society, Inc. a $ 5,000 grant. The grant will be used specifically to help underwrite the cost of wigs that are provided to the many women in our community who have lost their hair due to breast cancer treatment of chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. Shown above are Kelly Anoe, Pink Ribbon Secretary Treasurer-Maura Rowley, Pink Ribbon President-Ann Peters and Foundation President, Carolyn Saxton.
Paint the Town Pink Committee
Congratulations to the 2017 Paint the Town Pink Committee for raising significant funds during this year’s fight for the cause. Thank you to all who donated!
Paint the Town Pink and Mayor Stahura presented their check to the Pink Ribbon Society as pictured below:
(From left to right) Committee Member Jen Sanders • Co-chair Stephanie Madison • Co-chair Kathleen Ulm • Pink Ribbon Society President Ann Peters • Pink Ribbon Society Secretary / Treasurer Maura Rowley • City of Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura
PTCF Lansing School District 158
The students and faculty of PTCF Lansing School District 158 held a Pink Ribbon fundraising in October and raised $ 750 for the Pink Ribbon Society. Our thanks to Dr. Keli Ross, her faculty and students for their support of the men and women we serve in our community.
Residential Clinical Services
Residential Clinical Services held a fundraiser in October and with their help of their sponsors, staff,and supporters raised over $ 1,180, which was donated to Pink Ribbon.
Paula Strietelmeier, her staff and customers of Sheep’s Clothing in Valparaiso, have been knitting and crocheting to benefit Pink Ribbon for over a decade. Each year, they present a style show and auction of styles that they have knitted and crocheted themselves. To date, Sheep’s Clothing has donated over $ 18,000. Amazing talent.
Southshore Ladies Thursday Morning Golf League
The Southshore Ladies Thursday Morning Golf League held their annual outing and raised over $ 7,000 this year alone, to help those in our community whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. These ladies have supported Pink Ribbon for several years and to date have raised over $ 20,000 for the men and women in our community whose lives have been touched by breast cancer….THANK YOU LADIES.
St. Thomas More School
The students and faculty of St. Thomas More School in Munster held a pink ribbon fundraiser in October and raised $ 397 for the Pink Ribbon Society. Our thanks to the students for their efforts.
A day at Studio Barre generated over $ 800. Thanks to Michelle Hamstra, her vendors, clients and supporters of Pink Ribbon.
Terry Abner Salon
Terry Abner and the team from Terry Abner Salon stepped up to help raise funds for Pink Ribbon during the entire month of October. They offered special pricing on salon services and products as well as a basket raffle on baskets valued up to $300. Thank you to Terry Abner, Cari Ludington, all the staff and of course, the many customers who supported the month long event. They raised over $ 2,600..awesome.
Valpo University – Girls Volleyball Team
Valpo U – The Girls Volleyball Team played their Pink Game in October and raised over $ 1,339 to support the PInk Ribbon Society. Thanks to Renee Turpa, the Lady Crusaders and all those who supported the event. Shown far right is President, Ann Peters and second from left Pink Ribbon Society member, former calendar girl an survivor, Marnita Taylor.
Vanis Salon and Day Spa
Vanis Salon and Day Spa in Valparaiso, held a Cut-A-Thon on October 22, making Pink Ribbon the recipient of the funds raised during this event. They donated $ 2,190 raised during the special event. Show with Ann Peters are Debi Schweda and Jen Bunk. Thanks to the Vanis Salon and Spa, their staff and clients for making a difference.
Winfield Community Foundation
The Winfield Community Foundation made a contribution of $ 526 to Pink Ribbon Society. They held a Coffee and Canvas Paint It Pink fundraiser on October 23rd at the 2 & 7 Coffee Bar in Winfield. Guests were invited to paint a pink floral picture with a pink ribbon and butterfly. Shown presenting the check are Winfield Foundation Vice President-Jeff Baird, Board Member Tom Magurany, PRS President-Ann Peters, Board Members Aisha Miller and Larry Dennison.
A copy of the beautiful picture we painted at the Coffee and Canvas event held by the Winfield Community Foundation in October.