South Shore Ladies Morning Golf League

By Chris Donaldson / February 28, 2024 / Comments Off on South Shore Ladies Morning Golf League

Pink Ribbon Society President Ann Peters and South Shore Ladies Thursday Morning Golf League President Mary Lou Thompson are shown at Thursday’s annual golf outing fundraiser. Last year, the ladies donated over $6,000. Since their first donation in 2012, the PRS has received over $12,000. The final contribution for this year has yet to be … Read more

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Recent Fundraising & Awards

By Chris Donaldson / February 1, 2024 / Comments Off on Recent Fundraising & Awards

Recent Grant from Legacy Foundation LEGACY FOUNDATION: 2022 – Pink Ribbon Society received a $12,500.00 grant from the Legacy Foundation. $6,000.00 was also 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 also allowed Pink Ribbon to increase its underwriting … Read more

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Free Screening Mammograms for Gary Residents

By Chris Donaldson / June 26, 2023 / Comments Off on Free Screening 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. Methodist Hospitals and the Pink Ribbon Society are coordinating the program, which expires September 30th this year. The funds received will be used exclusively to support the women of Gary … Read more

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22nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

By Chris Donaldson / June 14, 2023 / Comments Off on 22nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

Pink Ribbon held its 22nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon on September 24th at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville. Once again the Baskets Galore Raffle was an outstanding array of beautifully built baskets containing items donated by local businesses, other not-for-profit organizations, and many individuals from our community. The Baskets Galore Raffle generates approximately $14,000 … Read more

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Paint The Town Pink

By Chris Donaldson / February 23, 2022 / Comments Off on Paint The Town Pink

Pink Ribbon Society would like to express our sincere appreciation to the City of Whiting for its ongoing support of our organization and the many men and women we serve in Lake, Porter, Jasper, and Newton Counties in Northwest Indiana. Beginning in 2017, they’ve dedicated their Paint-The-Town-Pink fundraising efforts to support breast cancer.  To date, … Read more

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2022 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar

By Chris Donaldson / February 16, 2022 / Comments Off on 2022 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar

We proudly 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 … Read more

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Now accepting 2023 Nominations for Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar

By Chris Donaldson / February 16, 2022 / Comments Off on Now accepting 2023 Nominations for Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar
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2021 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar

By Chris Donaldson / February 2, 2021 / Comments Off on 2021 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar

We proudly 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 … Read more

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2020 Community Fundraisers Wrap-Up

By Chris Donaldson / January 14, 2021 / Comments Off on 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 Facebook, GoFundMe, and The Times, asking for contributions to the campaign. Pink Ribbon was in jeopardy of closing its doors due to a lack of revenue during 2019. The PRS Breast Cancer … Read more

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Southlake Nissan/Kia Dealership donates to Pink Ribbon Society

By Chris Donaldson / January 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Southlake Nissan/Kia Dealership donates to Pink Ribbon Society

During October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), the Southlake Nissan/Kia dealership in Merrillville, owned by Greg and Christina Chip, held a fundraiser for the Pink Ribbon Society. This is the second consecutive year that the dealership has supported Pink Ribbon. This year’s check totaled $7,600, representing a percentage of each car sold during October. This year’s … Read more

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McColly Charities Matching Funds

By Chris Donaldson / November 20, 2020 / Comments Off on McColly Charities Matching Funds

McColly Charities, a local organization that supports our not-for-profit community, has agreed to provide “Matching Funds” for any donations made to the Pink Ribbon Society between now and the end of this year. Simply put, McColly Charities will match dollar for dollar every donation we receive between now and December 31, 2020. This is an … Read more

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The Times – Pink Ribbon Society struggling

By Chris Donaldson / November 8, 2020 / Comments Off on The Times – Pink Ribbon Society struggling

The Times – November 8, 2020 The Pink Ribbon Society hopes for a miracle as the new year approaches. This summer, the nonprofit sent out an SOS (Save Our Society) call to the community for help. Founder Ann Peters said the organization still has a long way to go. “It’s getting difficult, and without some … Read more

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The Times – Pink Ribbon Society asking for community’s help to stay afloat

By Chris Donaldson / August 19, 2020 / Comments Off on The Times – Pink Ribbon Society asking for community’s help to stay afloat

The Times – August 19, 2020 For the last 19 years, the Pink Ribbon Society has helped men and women affected by breast cancer. Now, the nonprofit is seeking the community’s help. Founder Ann Peters said the Pink Ribbon Society recently sent out an SOS (Save Our Society) call after it had to cancel its … Read more

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2020 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar

By Chris Donaldson / January 1, 2020 / Comments Off on 2020 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar

We select 12 individuals for our Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar each year. The selections are made from nominations sent in by our community. You can nominate an individual (mom, dad, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, friend, co-worker) you think would be a great role model for those more recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Honorees are recognized … Read more

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Meet Ms. January 2018: Joy Shurman

By Chris Donaldson / January 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. January 2018: Joy Shurman

“Always have a smile on your face! – Be a joy to the world!” Joy Shurman and her husband Bill have been married for 27 years and reside in Lowell, IN. They are the proud parents of Amanda and Alec and grandparents to Gracelyn. Throughout her cancer journey, Joy was dedicated to helping a friend … Read more

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18th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

By Chris Donaldson / October 1, 2019 / Comments Off on 18th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

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 … Read more

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2018 Award Presentations

By Chris Donaldson / January 11, 2019 / Comments Off on 2018 Award Presentations

For nearly 18 years, the Pink Ribbon Society has been generously supported by many businesses and other organizations in our community. To show our appreciation, we presented several of our major contributors with a plaque recognizing their support of us and the many men and women in our community whose lives have been touched by … Read more

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2018 Community Fundraisers Wrap-Up

By Chris Donaldson / January 9, 2019 / Comments Off on 2018 Community Fundraisers Wrap-Up

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 … Read more

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Meet Ms. December 2018: Shirley Wade

By Chris Donaldson / December 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. December 2018: Shirley Wade

“Share your story with others – doing this may help someone else.” Shirley Wade and her husband of 42 years, Robert, reside in Munster, Indiana. They have two daughters, Robyn and Amy, and four grandchildren, AJ, Jillian, Nick, and Leah. At the time of her diagnosis, Shirley worked at McShane’s as a Sales Administrator. Her … Read more

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Meet Ms. November 2018: Mary Jo Keithley

By Chris Donaldson / November 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. November 2018: Mary Jo Keithley

“Do not give up – hold on.” Mary Jo Keithley and her husband, John, live in a beautiful farmhouse in Lowell, Indiana. She has one daughter, Cheryl, and two grandchildren, Lauren and Amanda. During her working years, Mary Jo was a bookkeeper for Huntington Labs. Mary Jo is a member of First Methodist Church and … Read more

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Meet Ms. October 2018: Freda Riddle

By Chris Donaldson / October 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. October 2018: Freda Riddle

“The compassion, concern, and interest shown by family and friends should be paid forward.” Freda Riddle was born and raised in Hobart, Indiana. She attended Taylor University and earned a degree in education. After teaching locally for several years, Freda joined a mission organization and decided to teach in Africa. With the exception of an … Read more

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Meet Ms. September 2018: Janet Petrites

By Chris Donaldson / September 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. September 2018: Janet Petrites

  “Be aware of the little things that touch you throughout the day, and thank God for them.” Janet Petrites is the sixth of eleven children in Merrillville, Indiana. She has fourteen nieces and nephews and nine great-nieces and nephews – all of whom have been a particular part of her life. Janet spent over twenty … Read more

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Meet Ms. August 2018: Robbin Lomas

By Chris Donaldson / August 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. August 2018: Robbin Lomas

“Without the storms, there would be no rainbows. Never give up!” Robbin Lomas lives in Portage, Indiana, and is very proud of her stepdaughter Angie, grandchildren Deanna and Riley, and twins Clyde and Camden. Throughout her cancer journey, Robbin continued to run her own Accounting firm, Robbin Lomas, CPA, P.C., with perseverance and strength. According … Read more

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Meet Ms. July 2018: Betty Clayton

By Chris Donaldson / July 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. July 2018: Betty Clayton

“Take on each day with joy and be resolute…be kind to yourself and look forward, not back.” Betty Clayton lives in Merrillville, Indiana, and is described by many as a “hardworking, dedicated, and caring person in her cause and mission.” Two of her greatest passions are music and animal welfare. After graduating from DePaul University … Read more

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Meet Ms. June 2018: Lisa Damico

By Chris Donaldson / June 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. June 2018: Lisa Damico

“You are stronger than you think and can overcome this.” Lisa Damico was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and now lives in Highland, Indiana, with her German Shepherd “Toots” and two cats, “Emily” and “Mooch.” Everyone has a unique cancer journey, and Lisa’s began when she received a phone call while … Read more

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Meet Ms. May 2018: Rosanne Loughmiller

By Chris Donaldson / May 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. May 2018: Rosanne Loughmiller

“Life is short…..early detection equals survival! Be aware of your body and be proactive in your healthcare.” Rosanne Loughmiller, “Just Ro,” and her husband, Michael, reside in Highland, Indiana. Married for 42 years, they are the parents of one son, Tony, and grandparents of four grandchildren, Marie, Aaron, Mariel, and Roselyn-Ann. Time seemed to stand … Read more

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Meet Ms. April 2018: Linda Rodenbarger

By Chris Donaldson / April 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. April 2018: Linda Rodenbarger

“Find something to be thankful for every day.” Linda and her husband of 35 years, Dr. Jerry, live in Valparaiso, Indiana. They have three children, Sarah, Dr. Andrew, and Dr. Zach, and are expecting their first grandchild in December 2017. As a dedicated teacher of 44 years in the Portage Township School system, Linda allows … Read more

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Meet Ms. March 2018: Karen Beezhold

By Chris Donaldson / March 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Ms. March 2018: Karen Beezhold

“It’s hard to imagine going through this without faith, family and friends.” Karen Beezhold and her husband Rudy reside in Hobart, Indiana. They have been married for 38 years and have two children, Nicole and Christian, and two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Henry. Through her work as the Administrative Manager for the First Christian Reformed Church, … Read more

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2019 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar

By Chris Donaldson / February 5, 2018 / Comments Off on 2019 Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar

Each year, twelve outstanding individuals are chosen to participate in our Annual Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar, representing the many breast cancer survivors living in Northwest Indiana. Each survivor has a story to tell.

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Meet Misses February 2018: Melinda Rosaschi & Mary Crane

By Chris Donaldson / February 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Meet Misses February 2018: Melinda Rosaschi & Mary Crane

“If you discover anything suspicious, get a medical evaluation as soon as possible…” and “If I can make it through chemotherapy, so can you…” Melinda Rosaschi and Mary Crane share a special relationship. They are mother and daughter. Mary has been married for 67 years to her husband Russell, and they have three children, Terri, … Read more

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Third Annual Checkout Challenge is Record-Breaking

By Chris Donaldson / November 15, 2017 / Comments Off on Third Annual Checkout Challenge is Record-Breaking

  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 … Read more

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We Want To Hear Your Feedback

By Chris Donaldson / October 16, 2017 / Comments Off on We Want To Hear Your Feedback
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16th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tea is Sold Out

By Chris Donaldson / August 23, 2017 / Comments Off on 16th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tea is Sold Out

SOLD OUT – We are no longer taking any reservations for the 16th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tea. If you wish to be put on a waiting list, please send an email to prs4990@yahoo.com and we will let you know in case of a cancellation……THANK YOU….

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Angeline Bravos – Ms. February 2006

By Chris Donaldson / May 30, 2015 / Comments Off on Angeline Bravos – Ms. February 2006

We 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; two grandsons, Caden … Read more

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2017 Breast Cancer Survivors’

By Chris Donaldson / May 12, 2015 / Comments Off on 2017 Breast Cancer Survivors’

Each year, twelve outstanding individuals are chosen to participate in our Annual Breast Cancer Survivors’ Calendar. These individuals represent the many breast cancer survivors living in Northwest Indiana. Each survivor has a story to tell.

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IUN Nurses On The Run to help Cancer Patient

By Chris Donaldson / March 26, 2014 / Comments Off on IUN Nurses On The Run to help Cancer Patient

IUN Nurses On The Run – I have been asked by Veronica Valentin, a nurse at Indiana University Northwest, to pass this information along to anyone who might be interested in helping Lidia Sibakoska.  Lidia is a widowed mother of four who is medically unable to work and has been refused Medicaid….I can’t imagine why, … Read more

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SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WITH THE BOONE GROVE WOLVES!!!!

By Chris Donaldson / October 20, 2013 / Comments Off on SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WITH THE BOONE GROVE WOLVES!!!!

A game dedicated to breast cancer survivors! They had a great time at the Boone Grove Wolves football game last night. They won against South Newton 35-0…way to go, Wolves. The game was dedicated to breast cancer survivors….as you can see, the team got into the game with their pink socks. At halftime, survivor medallions … Read more

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Charity Work Out Sponsored by the Inspiration Fitness Club

By Chris Donaldson / October 17, 2013 / Comments Off on Charity Work Out Sponsored by the Inspiration Fitness Club

Join us next Saturday, October 26th, at 8 a.m. for a Charity Workout to benefit the Pink Ribbon Society. All donations will go to our excellent organization. The Inspiration Fitness Camp sponsors the event. It is located in Crown Point at 1940 E. North Street, Suite C, and its phone number is 779-0500. Hope to … Read more

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FREE MAMMOGRAMS – Please read on

By Chris Donaldson / October 7, 2013 / Comments Off on FREE MAMMOGRAMS – Please read on

Dear Pink Ribbon Friends: I have received a notice from the Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospital about a new program they are starting. The Methodist Hospitals and the Chicago Bears Foundation, Bears Care, have teamed to provide FREE SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS to low-income and minority women in Northwest Indiana. You can call 219-981-5440 … Read more

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Breast Cancer Tea

By Chris Donaldson / August 6, 2013 / Comments Off on Breast Cancer Tea

We are unfortunately SOLD OUT for the 12th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tea and are no longer accepting any further reservations…..

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Mothers’ Day Brunch supporting the Pink Ribbon Society

By Chris Donaldson / May 3, 2013 / Comments Off on Mothers’ Day Brunch supporting the Pink Ribbon Society

The Avalon Manor in Merrillville hosts a very nice Mother’s Day Brunch each year. Owner Peter Kaiafas donates a portion of their proceeds to the Pink Ribbon Society. So, if you plan to take Mom or Grandma out for a great day, call the Avalon Manor at 945-0888 and make your reservations. You can log … Read more

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Welcome back to our new website

By Chris Donaldson / February 24, 2013 / Comments Off on Welcome back to our new website

Hello, and welcome to the Pink Ribbon Society’s new website.  Over the coming months, we’ll ensure it stays current and always has important information and announcements.

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Our Promise

By Chris Donaldson / February 24, 2013 / Comments Off on Our Promise

When the Pink Ribbon Society was first organized, we determined that we would keep all of the funds we raise in our local community to support the men and women of Lake, Porter, Jasper, and Newton counties whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Of course, we’re grateful for the organizations and businesses that … Read more

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