2021 Survivor's Calendar

2021 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar

We are very proud to introduce the 2021 Pink Ribbon Society Breast Cancer Survivor Calendar Honorees.

Due to the pandemic, with supporters concentrating on more important things, we did not receive enough nominations for a new calendar (we’ll save the ones we got for consideration for 2022.)

So we decided to share the inspiration of former calendar honorees who continue to survive and thrive following the diagnosis of breast cancer.
The calendars are now on sale in the Pink Ribbon office at 303 E. 89th Street, Suite 100, Merrillville, IN for just $ 10.00 each.

This would make a great gift to someone you know who would be inspired and encouraged to see the awesome lives these individuals are leading following the prior diagnosis.

You can give us a call at (219) 472-0704 to reserve your order or to have a calendar mailed out. We are not personally available in the office on a regular basis, so please call before coming in.

Our special thanks to the 2021 Calendar Honorees, The Times Media Company and Edda Taylor Photographie for making this year’s calendar possible.

Ms. January – Linda Gintert Armstrong
Mr. February – Larry Gardner
Ms. March – Evelyn Thomas
Ms. April – Mary Anne Lahayne
Ms. June – Lola Stephens-McCann
Ms. July – Kristina (Tina) Chip
Ms. August – Shirley Wade
Ms. September – Lynn Duimich
Ms. October – Christine Vestal
Ms. November – Janet Petrites
Ms. December – Marjorie Gresser
Ms. January 2022 – Margaret Ann Clark

McColly Charities

2020 Community Fundraisers Wrap-Up

McColly Charities offered to match up to $ 5,000 during the Pink Ribbon Society Matching Funds Campaign. Pink Ribbon solicited the community through face book, Go Fund Me and The Times asking for contributions to the campaign.

Pink Ribbon was in jeopardy of having to close their doors due to lack of revenue during 2019.  The PRS Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon, which generates the majority of their fundraising revenue, had to be cancelled because of the pandemic.

According to Pink Ribbon President, Ann Peters, “Pink Ribbon raised over $ 7,000 in donations from many supporters and contributors from November 19 to December 31, 2020. McColly Charities has added to the funds with a contribution of $ 5,000.

Peters added, our sincere appreciation to McColly Charities and all of our family, friends and contributors who supported this fundraiser.  It is because of this kind of support that we will be able to keep the doors of Pink Ribbon Society open during 2021. We will be able to help those in our community who are in need of life saving mammograms and ultrasounds. These funds will also support our patient assistance program with prepaid gift cards for groceries, transportation, and medical supplies as well as our wig reimbursement program for those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.”

The 2020 19th Annual Pink Ribbon Society Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon is tentatively scheduled for September 26, pending the affects of Covid 19 in the community.

Southlake Nissan/Kia Dealership donates to Pink Ribbon Society

During the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), the Southlake Nissan/Kia dealership in Merrillville, owned by Greg and Christina Chip, held a fundraiser for Pink Ribbon Society.

This is the second consecutive year that the dealership has supported Pink Ribbon.  This year’s checked totaled $ 7,600, which represents a percentage of the sale of each car sold during the month of October.

The addition of this year’s contribution brings Southlake’s two year total to nearly $ 13,000.

Donations this year were especially important to Pink Ribbon because they have lost so much of their annual revenue due to COVID19. Pink Ribbon has to cancel their major fundraiser and have lost numerous donations and contributions because of the local economy.

southlake nissan check photo
Shown accepting the contribution from Southlake Nissan/Kia are left to right, Pink Ribbon Society representatives Rhonda McColly Fleener, Maura Rowley and Ann Peters.  Right to left are Southlake Nissan/Kia owners Tina and Greg Chip.
McColly Charities

McColly Charities Matching Funds

McColly Charities, a local organization that supports our not for profit community, has agreed to provide “Matching Funds” to any donations made to the Pink Ribbon Society between now and the end of this year.

Very simply, McColly Charities will match dollar for dollar every donation we receive between now and December 31, 2020. This is an awesome gesture on part of McColly Charities and is a major boost to the funds necessary to continue our programs and services going into 2021.

So, now is the perfect time for our supporters to step up and help Pink Ribbon as we continue our efforts to support the men and women in Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

For additional information, contact our offices at (219) 472-0704 or email us at

For more information about Pink Ribbon Society, log onto our website at

The Times – Pink Ribbon Society struggling

The Times – November 8, 2020

As the new year approaches, the Pink Ribbon Society is hoping for a miracle.

This summer, the nonprofit called on the community for help by sending out an SOS (save our society) call. Founder Ann Peters said the organization still has a long way to go.

“It’s really getting difficult, and without some kind of boost in our revenue, our concern is that we’ll have to close our doors, and we’re trying real, real hard not to do that,” Peters said.

Peters said everyone is struggling right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, noting organizations, including the Pink Ribbon Society, had to cancel annual fundraisers.

“COVID doesn’t cancel breast cancer. It continues to happen, and there are people who were diagnosed before the COVID hit. There have been people who have been diagnosed since the COVID,” said Peters, a 43-year breast cancer survivor.

“The COVID doesn’t stop cancer, and we don’t want the COVID to stop us, either.”

So far, the Society has raised some money through its SOS campaign, a checkout challenge at Strack & Van Til in October, a fundraiser with Southlake Nissan and online auctions, Peters said.

The Society also has received a grant from the Crown Point Community Foundation.

Despite the grant and fundraisers, the society still needs about two-thirds of its annual $150,000 operating budget.

“We’re just trying to find an angel who is willing to do a matching funds program with us,” Peters said.

For 19 years, the Pink Ribbon Society has helped men and women throughout Northwest Indiana who are affected by breast cancer.

Every year, the Pink Ribbon Society underwrites patient compression sleeves, as well as 250-300 mammograms and ultrasounds, totaling more than $50,000; donates $10,000 to help patients who lost their hair during treatment afford wigs; provides Bundles of Hope bags for patients arriving to their first treatment; and gives gift cards to patients in treatment and in need of financial help.

“We may have to distribute less per program, but we won’t stop distributing. We are here for a particular purpose, and we are going to continue to provide that,” Peters said.

Thus far, the Society has donated $650,000 to help breast cancer survivors and patients in the Northwest Indiana community, Peters said.

“I am so proud of what we’ve done,” Peters said. “It’s difficult to walk away from something like this, when it comes from the heart, when it’s a passion. We’ll just keep going.”

Currently, the Society is raising funds by selling copies of its 2021 breast cancer survivors’ calendar. Calendars are $10 each and feature survivors who have been featured in the past 20 years.

The nonprofit also has a GoFundMe.

“We’re not going to stop fundraising. We’re just going to keep it going,” Peters said.

Peters said people can call the Society at 219-472-0704, or visit the Society at 303 E. 89th Ave., Suite 100, Merrillville, to learn more about the programs it supports.