18th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

October 1, 2019

Baskets Galore Raffle

Thanks to the generosity of our community businesses and individuals, our 2019 Baskets Galore Raffle was, once again, a phenomenal success, netting over $ 12,000.

The amount of time and effort spent collecting items and products for our baskets is remarkable. Although the entire Pink Ribbon team is responsible for helping to collect items to fill the baskets, our basket committee, Evelyn Thomas, Val Kleinedler, Marge Gresser, Ruth Bilbro, and Grace Morin, do the sorting, assembly, and wrapping of the baskets. You can donate a product(s) or a full basket if you like. You don’t even have to fuss with it. Our expert assembly crew will make the basket look gorgeous.

We depend on local businesses and individuals to provide the items to make the baskets outstanding. So, if a Pink Ribbon Society volunteer calls on you this year and asks for help in supporting the Baskets Galore Raffle, we hope you’ll be generous.

2019 Celebrity Servers

Each year, we assemble the most amazing group of individuals who step up to the challenge of spending an afternoon serving our guests lunch and beverages at the Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon. These “Celebrity Servers” are a literal list of “Who’s Who” of our community. They represent the community as CEOs, doctors, bank presidents, organizational leaders, business owners, political leaders, educators, and community advocates. Our event would not be the same without them. Those attending enjoy the special attention they receive from our Celebrity Servers, and they appreciate seeing community leaders supporting local organizations. Each Celebrity Server is provided with an awesome Pink Ribbon apron, which is raffled off at the end of the event to a lucky ticket holder and is a highly sought-after souvenir. Several years ago, Tina Popp from John Ciccos donated specially made bow ties just for this occasion. Pink sequin bow ties are worn by servers who have performed these duties for at least ten years.

2019 Celebrity Servers included: Mr. Wright Alcorn – Methodist Hospitals, Mr. Larry Alt – Larry Alt & Associates, Dr. Bharat Barai – Premier Oncology Hematology Associates, Ms. Ashley Crouch – Culver’s, Valparaiso, Mr. Mark Dennie – Community Advocate, Mr. George Georgeff – Community Advocate, Ms. Cindy Hall – Ivy Tech, Mr. Matt Hardesty – Red Lobster, Merrillville, Ms. Vera Hoover – Red Lobster, Munster, Mr. Nicholas Madvek – NIPSCO, Mr. Tom Magurany – Walgreen Drug Store, Winfield, Mr. Joe Mays – Winfield Community Foundation, Mr. Chris Pavlou – Radius Restaurant, Valparaiso, Mr. Tom Pruzin – Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service, Mr. Brent Rosenbower – Community Advocate, Mr. Michael Rowley – Community Advocate, Dr. Charisa Spoo – Advocate Christ Medical Breast Center, Dr. Derek Stephens – Community Advocate, Ms. Morgan Szczygielski – Culver’s, Valparaiso, Dr. Michael Tallarico – Northwest Oncology, PC, Mr. Terrell Taylor – Community Advocate, Mr. Dave Thomas – Community Advocate, Ms. Renee Turpa – Valparaiso University, Mr. Andre B. Tyler – Community Advocate, and Mr. Ken Varnes – McColly Real Estate . If you know someone who would make a good server or want to step up to the challenge yourself, please contact Kathie Dinga at our offices at 219-472-0704.