Free Screenng Mammograms for Gary Residents

If you are a resident of Gary, Indiana, you can receive a FREE life saving screening mammogram courtesy of the Legacy Foundation and U S Steel/Knight Grant.  The program is being done in partnership with Methodist Hospitals and Pink Ribbon Society.  The offer expires September 30th this year.

The funds that have been received are to be used exclusively to support the women of Gary who are in need of a screening mammograms.  All you have to do is call Methodist Hospitals Central Scheduling at 219-981-5440.

Currently, with funds from this grant, 28 women from Gary will be able to receive a 3D Screening Mammogram at the Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals – Northlake and/or Southlake.  Since the offer is limited, we encourage the ladies to schedule the mammogram as soon as you can.

They will be financially screened along with confirming their residency in the city of Gary, which is one of the criteria to apply.

Expenses for women who may need further work-ups following the screening mammogram will be covered by the Methodist No Women Left Behind program.

Fliers are being distributed throughout the community as well as on the Pink Ribbon Society and Methodist Hospitals social media pages and with a Methofax, which will go out to over 1,000 physician offices describing the program.

For more information, contact Pink Ribbon Society at 219-472-0704 or Methodist Hospitals at 219-981-5440.

The best protection is early detection…..

22nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

Pink Ribbon will hold its 22nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon September 24th at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville.

We are now taking reservations for the event.  Seating will be limited this year to 500 guests.

We will once again have our Baskets Galore Raffle – An outstanding array of beautifully built baskets containing items donated by local business, other not for profit organizations and many individuals from our community.

Vendors from the community have been invited to participate in the event.  Vendor spaces are $ 100 each. The vendor space is 8 x 10 with an 8 foot table.  Electric is an additional $ 5.00 and a table cover and skirting are also an additional $ 5.00 for both.

For additional information, contact our offices at 219 472 0704 or drop us an e mail at

Looking forward to seeing everyone again this year…..


Paint The Town Pink

Pink Ribbon Society would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the City of Whiting for their ongoing support of our organization and the many men and women we serve in Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties in NW Indiana.

Beginning in 2017, they’ve dedicated their Paint-The-Town-Pink fundraising efforts to support breast cancer.  To date, we have received $59,465. This year alone, we received $13,106. Funds are used by Pink Ribbon to provide programming and services to promote early detection of breast cancer as well as supporting those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

As usual, Paint The Town Pink will be held during of May again this year, supporting Pink Ribbon with proceeds from the many events held during the month of May.

Keep an eye on the Paint The Town Pink Facebook page for more details on dates and events.
See you in Whiting!
Karen Holmes, Officer Edwin Trinidad, Mayor Steve Spebar, Ann Peters, Alexa Cano and Norb Dudzik

Recent Fundraising & Awards

Recent Grant from Legacy Foundation

LEGACY FOUNDATION: Pink Ribbon Society is the recipient of a grant from the Legacy Foundation in the amount of $ 12,500.00. $6,000.00 was received from the Legacy Women’s Philanthropy Fund and an Anonymous Fund ($6,500.00) to support the Pink Ribbon’s Patient Financial Assistance Expansion Program.


This grant will allow Pink Ribbon to increase underwriting mammograms and/or ultrasounds and other breast screenings that are needed in our community. Our breast care program is designed to serve those who are uninsured, underinsured or who simply don’t have the means for which to pay for these lifesaving tests. 


Due in part to COVID, our community is experiencing a backlog in the performance of breast screenings. Also due to COVID, others have lost their jobs, coverage and/or job benefits, no longer qualifying under insurance plans for annual assessments. 


This funding will provide additional revenue needed to help cover the costs for those no longer covered under other plans.


We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Legacy Women’s Philanthropy Fund and the Anonymous Fund for their generosity. These funds will make a difference in our community as we receive more than the usual amount of requests for support.


Thank you.

Legacy Foundation Logo







Awarded Two Golden Community Awards



The Golden Community Award is being presented to Rhonda McColly-Fleener, recognizing McColly Charities ongoing support of Pink Ribbon Society and the many men and women we service in Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties in Northwest Indiana.


McColly Charities generously provided $ 5,000 in matching funds earlier this year during one of our spring fundraisers, bringing our campaign total to over $ 10,000. In addition, they were a major sponsor for our Annual Breast Cancer Luncheon donating over $ 10,000 in-kind contributions for our annual event.


We sincerely appreciate McColly Charities and McColly Real Estate for recognizing the importance of providing services and programs to those in our community whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.


Pictured are left to right, Ann Peters, Founder/President Pink Ribbon Society, Rhonda Mc

Colly-Fleener, McColly Charities and Kathie Dinga, Pink Ribbon fundraising committee member.

Golden Community Award Winner












The Golden Community Award was presented to Southlake Nissan/Kia co-owner Greg Chip for the dealership’s ongoing support of the men and women in our community whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.


In 2019, Southlake began raising funds each year during the month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and to date have donated over $ 26,000 to Pink Ribbon Society. 


We sincerely appreciate Southlake’s support of our organization and those we serve in Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties in Northwest Indiana.


Shown below (l to r) are Pink Ribbon Founder/President Ann Peters, Southlake Nissan/Kia co-owner Greg Chip and Pink Ribbon Secretary/Treasurer Maura Rowley.

Golden Community Award Winner















Strack’s Check Out Challenge Was Amazing

We’d like to extend a genuine and sincere Thank You and appreciation to Jeff Strack, Dave Wilkinson, and the awesome Stracks team that manned the registers and of course, the many customers who “rounded up” at the register to benefit our organization and those we serve.


To date, Pink Ribbon has received $ 265,183 from this amazing program. The monies received from the Check Out Challenge have been instrumental to our organizations, our community and the programs we provide.


Shown below are Fatima Shabaz, Ann Peters, Rhonda McColly-Fleener, Dave Wilkinson (President Strack & Van Til), Maura Rowley and Kathie Dinga.



Strack's Fundraiser


JOHN W ANDERSON FOUNDATION: Pink Ribbon Society has received a $5,000 grant from the John W. Anderson Foundation. The funds have been earmarked to expand the PRS Patient Financial Assistance Program, which provides pre-paid gift cards that can be used for groceries, medication, childcare, transportation and many other services for those in treatment following a breast cancer diagnosis.

It is not uncommon for a patient in treatment to be unable to work, jeopardizing their household income. The prepaid gift cards help to offset some of the lost revenue.

With the presence of COVID and the loss of jobs and benefits, there has been an increase in requests for those needing financial assistance.

The importance of grants is significant as we move into 2022. They are valuable resources for organizations such as Pink Ribbon that allow us to achieve our goals and missions to help those in our community who reach out to us for support.

We’d like to extend our gratitude to the John W. Anderson for acknowledging our programs and services.