2018 Community Fundraisers Wrap-Up

January 9, 2019

Each year, businesses in our community hold fundraisers to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with the Pink Ribbon Society receiving the funds raised.

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 the 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. Over the past three years, this has brought the Check Out Challenge to over $ 135,000.
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 Jocelyn Theiling, SVT Cashier Valparaiso South. To the right is James Pellegrini, Marketing Manager at The Times.

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. The photo shows Rose Colbert, Judy Alliss, Ann Peters, SSLGL President Mary Lou Thompson, Kathy Ebert, and Peach Early from left to right.


Paint the Town Pink

The City of Whiting held its annual Paint The Town Pink event in May. The group is shown presenting a check for $14,000 to Pink Ribbon Society Secretary-Treasurer Maura Rowley. Shown front from left to right are Ann Canning, Lora Cairo, Leslie Flores, Diane Kaminsky, Alexa Cano, and Evelia Garcia. Back: Mayor Joe Stahura and Clerk-Treasurer John Haynes.

Kauffman Chiropractic

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

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 they have knitted and crocheted themselves. To date, Sheep’s Clothing has donated over $ 18,000.

Culver’s Valparaiso

Culvers of Valparaiso has been an ongoing supporter of Pink Ribbon for the last three years. They sponsor the annual Popcorn Festival and a month of fundraising during 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. Ashley Crouch, Ann Peters, and Dustin Pickley are shown below.

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.

Gary Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Society

GAC Physical & Mental Health Chairperson Shalonda Hall presents Ann Peters of The Pink Ribbon Society with an $809 check. The money was raised through a recent GAC Bowl-a-Thon.

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 over $500 in contributions from a recent Jeep/BCB collaboration.

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