2018 Award Presentations

Pink Ribbon has been generously supported by many businesses and other organizations in our community for nearly 18 years. In an effort to show our appreciation, we presented several of our major contributors with a plaque of appreciation for supporting us and the many men and women in our community whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.

Platinum Supporter Award: Strack & Van Til

Platinum Supporter Award
Platinum Supporter Award was presented to our major supporter, Strack & Van Til for their ongoing Check Out Challenge event. Barb Werblo, Ann Peters, Dave Wilkinson and Maura Rowley.

Platinum Media Award: The Times Media Company

Platinum Media Award
Platinum Media Award presented to The Times Media Company for their support of Pink Ribbon for the last 18 years. Barb Werblo, James Pellegrini, Ann Peters, Joe Battistino and Maura Rowley.

Gold Community Award: Premier Oncology Hematology Associates

Gold Community Award: Dr. Bharat Barai

Gold Community Award presented to Dr. Bharat Barai – Premier Oncology Hematology Associates

Gold Community Award: Methodist Hospitals

Gold Community Award: Mr. Wright Alcorn

Gold Community Award presented to Mr. Wright Alcorn – Chief Operating Officer Methodist Hospitals.

Gold Community Award: Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura

Gold Community Award: Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura

Gold Community Award presented to Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura – Paint The Town Pink

Gold Community Award: Community Healthcare System

Gold Community Award: Community Healthcare System

Gold Community Award presented to Community Healthcare System – Mary Cioe Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Gold Community Award: Kauffman Chiropractic

Gold Community Award: Kauffman Chiropractic

Gold Community Award presented to Kauffman Chiropractic – Amanda Mattox, Maura Rowley, Ann Peters, Dr Danielle Kauffman, Jean Chappel and Bradley Ott.

Gold Community Award: Sheep’s Clothing

Gold Community Award: Paula Strietelmeier

Gold Community Award presented to Paula Strietelmeier, Sheep’s Clothing, Valparaiso

Gold Community Award: Culver’s Valparaiso

Gold Community Award: Culver's Valparaiso

Gold Community Award presented to Marilyn Christmas – Culver’s Valparaiso

Silver Community Award: Avalon Manor Banquet Center

Silver Community Award: Avalon Manor Banquet Center

Silver Community Award presented to Jovanko Blesich, Sales Coordinator, Avalon Manor Banquet Center

Silver Community Award: GFWC Women’s Club of St. John

Silver Community Award: GFWC Women's Club of St. John

Silver Community Award presented to Members of the GFWC Women’s Club of St. John

Silver Community Award: Dr. Jay Platt, DDS

Silver Community Award: Dr. Jay Platt, DDS

Silver Community Award presented to Dr. Jay Platt, DDS

Community Award: Vanis Salon and Day Spa

Community Award: Vanis Salon and Day Spa

Community Award presented to Debi Schweda and Jen Bunk Vanis Salon and Day Spa – Valparaiso

2018 Community Fundraisers Wrap-Up

Each year, businesses in our community hold fundraisers in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and making Pink Ribbon Society the recipient of the funds they raise.

This year, local businesses held various types of events to support the men and women of our community whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Shown below are those we wish to thank for their ongoing appreciation of the programs and products Pink Ribbon provides to the community:

Check Out Challenge – Round Up – Strack & Van Til

For the third consecutive year, the Strack and Van Til and Town and County stores in our community held a Check Out Challenge supporting the programs and services of Pink Ribbon Society. From October 1 – October 14, 2018 Strack and Van Til and Town & County employees asked their customers to “Round Up” to support breast cancer and they did…..in just two short weeks, they raised $ 46,177.00. This brings the Check Out Challenge to a total of over $ 135,000 over the past three years.
Pictured: Left to right: Joe Battistoni, General Manager/Vice President of Sales & Marketing The Times; Barbara Werblo, committee member of Pink Ribbon Society; Ann Peters, Founder & President Pink Ribbon Society; Maura Rowley, Secretary/Treasurer Pink Ribbon Society; and Dave Wilkinson, President Strack & Van Til.Also shown are three of the top four fundraising cashiers, Debbie Scott, SVT Crown Point Franciscan Drive; Hunter Johnson, SVT Chesterton; Jessica Sherrod, SVT Munster; not shown is Jocellyn Theiling, SVT Cashier Valparaiso South. Far right is James Pellegrini, Marketing Manager The Times.

Check Out Challenge - Round Up - Strack & Van Til

Southshore Ladies Thursday Morning Golf League

This is the 7th year the Ladies have supported Pink Ribbon through their annual outing for breast cancer. To date, they have donated over $ 36,000. Shown in the photo are from left to right, Rose Colbert, Judy Alliss, Ann Peters, SSLGL President Mary Lou Thompson, Kathy Ebert and Peach Early.

Southshore Ladies Thursday Morning Golf League

 

Paint the Town Pink

The City of Whiting held their annual Paint The Town Pink event in May. They are shown presenting a check in the amount of $ 14, to Pink Ribbon Society Secretary Treasurer, Maura Rowley. Shown are front from left to right are: Ann Canning, Lora Cairo, Leslie Flores, Diane Kaminsky, Alexa Cano, Evelia Garcia – Back: Mayor Joe Stahura, Clerk Treasurer John Haynes.

Paint the Town Pink

 

Kauffman Chiropractic

Kauffman Chiropractic in Crown Point and Merrillville have been ongoing supporters for many years. With their contribution this year in the amount of $ 2,500, they have donated a total of over $ 20,000 to support the programs provided by Pink Ribbon Society. Shown from left to right are: Amanda Mattox, Maura Rowley, Ann Peters, Dr Danielle Kauffman, Jean Chappel and Bradley Ott.

Kauffman Chiropractic

 

Sheep’s Clothing

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.

Sheep's Clothing

 

Culver’s Valparaiso

Culvers of Valparaiso has been an ongoing supporter of Pink Ribbon for the last three years. They have been our sponsor at the annual Popcorn Festival as well as a full month of fundraising during the month of October. To date, Culvers has donated over $ 8,000 to support the men and women of our community whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Show below are Ashley Crouch, Ann Peters and Dustin Pickley.

Culver's Valparaiso

 

Vanis Salon and Day Spa

Vanis Salon and Day Spa in Valparaiso, held a Cut-A-Thon 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.

Vanis Salon and Day Spa

 

Gary Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Society

GAC Physical & Mental Health Chairperson, Shalonda Hall presents a check in the amount of $ 809 to Ann Peters of The Pink Ribbon Society. The money was raised through a recent GAC Bowl-a-thon held by the group.

Gary Alumnae Chapter of  Delta Sigma Theta Society

 

Bosak Motors, Tom & Eds Autobody and Towing, Inc., Crown Brewery

Andy Tylka of Tom and Eds Autobody & Towing Inc, Zack Bryan of Crown Brewing, John Schultheis and Skip Bosak from Bosak Motors, presented Ann Peters with contributions of over $ 500 from a recent Jeep/BCB collaboration.

Bosak Motors, Tom & Eds Autobody and Towing, Inc., Crown Brewery

 

Other fundraisers held but not shown include, Anytime Fitness, Fegley Elementary School and GFWC St. John’s Women’s Club.

Third Annual Checkout Challenge is Record-Breaking

Strack and Van Til present check to Pink Ribbon Society

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,” which raised a record-breaking $47,759.37. The program ran from October 4 to October 22 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

During the challenge, shoppers were asked to support the program by visiting local Strack stores often and rounding up their purchase to the next dollar amount – or more. 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.

Click here to view ValpoLife’s full story on this program.

Angeline Bravos – Ms. February 2006

angie bravosWe are so sorry to inform everyone of the passing of one of our favorite people, Angie Bravos. Angie was Miss February in our 2006 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Louis and their three children, Margaret (Matt) Hartmann, George Bravos and Nicholas (Jennifer) Bravos; 2 grandsons: Caden Bravos and Loden Bravos as well as two grandsons, Caden and Loden.
Better known to her family as “Kiki”, she was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in 1999, followed by surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
She was a past board member of Cancer Resource Centre at Munster Community Hospital and was instrumental in helping to raise funds for the Community Hospital cancer Research Foundation, Inc.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Angie’s family and friends.

May she rest in peace.angie bravos

angie bravos