Sunday, May 22, 2011

See Photos of Cancer Services' Lapper 2011 - Foster Park, Fort Wayne

Updated Post with photos May 21, 2011:
After looking at all the fun everyone is having in these photos, if you missed it this year, you will want to form a team for the 10th anniversary Lapper event! Click here to see more photos. 

Original post from May 16, 2011:
Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana is hosting its annual fundraising walk, Lapper, on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Foster Park, located in southwest Fort Wayne.

Lapper 2011 is a fundraiser for Cancer Services designed to honor or memorialize those touched by cancer. When Lapper founder Jill Burnett first organized this event 9 years ago, she encouraged people to test their own endurance and push past their comfort zone just as people with cancer do every day. That tradition continues today, and each Lapper participant is encouraged to walk as many laps around the paved 2-mile trail at Foster Park as they can.

Bring a friend, form a team and help us raise money to provide support and services to people with cancer in our community. The goal is to raise $60,000 at this year’s event. All proceeds benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and help support programs for people with cancer in our community.

There are two ways to register: online at, or by downloading the registration forms at Forms are also available at Cancer Services. Water and fresh fruit will be provided and the walk will take place, rain or shine.

WHAT: Fundraising Walk for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana
WHERE: Foster Park, Fort Wayne, IN
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2011,
         8:30 a.m. Registration, 9:00 a.m. program, 9:30 Walk begins 
CONTACT:    Amber Recker, (260) 484-9560 or

Survivors Day:
Cancer Services will host Survivors Day immediately following the Lapper at Foster Park on Saturday, May 21, at 11:00 a.m. This free celebration of life and survivorship will include food, fun, and games for the entire family.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Marilyn Moran-Townsend of Fort Wayne Honored with United Way Bill Latz Award for Leadership

Fort Wayne businesswoman and community volunteer, Marilyn Moran-Townsend, was honored with United Way of Allen County's Bill Latz Award for Leadership on May 17, 2011.  The award was presented during United Way's annual leadership reception at the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne.

The Bill Latz Award is given only when a volunteer has provided extraordinary leadership and service to United Way of Allen County. Recipients will have provided 20 or more years of service to United Way, will be major donors for many years, and will have made other exemplary contributions to the organization. Previous winners include Harriet and Richard Inskeep, Dick Doermer, and Ian and Mimi Rolland.

For more photos of the event click here.  For more information on Marilyn Moran-Townsend and the United Way of Allen County's Bill Latz Award for Leadership click here.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

See New Photos - Mad Hatter Tea a Success for Fort Wayne's Early Childhood Alliance

Post updated on May 15, 2011:
A Party Apart transformed its third floor in downtown Fort Wayne into a wonderland for all ages. Everyone had a fun afternoon of visiting with new and old friends, wearing unique tea fashions, eating delicious food, drinking wonderful blends of tea, bidding on great silent auction items, and interacting with the characters right out of Alice in Wonderland. To see more photos from this fun and interesting event click here.

Original post from March 22, 2011:
Have you ever attended a Mad Hatter Tea?  Well here is your big chance to attend one to support Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) in Downtown Fort Wayne.  Attendees are welcomed to come with friends and/or bring school-aged children and enjoy the afternoon sipping a variety of teas, eating tempting tastings, and many other surprises.  This will be a delightful way to spend an afternoon with a granddaughter, daughter, niece, or neighbor!  If you have never attended an ECA Tea, you won't believe what you have been missing.  You will want to make this an annual event.

When: May 14, 2011 - 1:05pm Tea Time
Where: A Party Apart, Downtown Fort Wayne, IN
RSVP: Jane McGraw,, 260-458-0125 

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Cancer-Free Lungs 5K Run/Walk - Downtown Fort Wayne, Headwaters Park - May 14, 2011 - See New Photos

Post updated May 15, 2011:
The rain held off and it was a great morning for the 5th annual Cancer-Free Lungs walk/run.  View more photos of all the fun and fund-raising by clicking here.
Original post from April 4, 2011:
If you believe knowledge is power and wished young smokers understood the health risk they are taking, then you need to participate in this annual event!  It is the 5th year for the Cancer-Free Lungs walk/run.


When: May 14, 2011, Gates open at 9:00 a.m.
Where:  Headwaters Park, Downtown Fort Wayne
Cost:  13 years old and over $18 each, 12 and under $8 each, children in strollers FREE
Registration:  Online at or at the event

Opening ceremonies (which include lung cancer updates, prayer, song, and event details) begin at 9:40 a.m.  The actual 5K Walk/Run (non-competitive) begins at 10:00 a.m.  Event shirt guaranteed if fee is received by 5/1/11, the early registration deadline.

There is a wonderful silent auction and raffle during the event.  Some of the very cool items are:  Colts Helmet, Vera Bradley Set, Spa Package from Elite Woman, Tin caps Package, Peg Perego Ride on Toy.  Also, upon completion of the route, all runners/walkers are served Edy's Ice Cream.

This Fort Wayne fundraiser started in 2007 and has raised over $50,000 with an average attendance of 300 each year.  The education program was developed in 2008 and is presented to Indiana Middle and High School students.  To date, over 16,000 students have been presented information about the dangers of tobacco and second-hand smoke.

Cancerfree Lungs is a non-profit organization started in 2004 in Indianapolis by Amy and Dr. Hanna.  Its mission is to reduce the burden of lung cancer through education, prevention and research.  Understanding the great need for awareness, education, and prevention, Cancer-free Lungs focuses on Tobacco Education Program to provide education to kids about the health effects of smoking.

Jennifer Robbins
The Fort Wayne Event is chaired by Anita DeSelm.  Anita started this event after her daughter, Jennifer Robbins, passed away from lung cancer at the age of 20.  Anita said, "Jen was not a smoker; first hand I saw the devastation of her cancer and the lack of treatment options.  My passion for raising awareness of lung cancer and remembering it's victims is part of a promise I made to Jen during her last few months.  When the diagnosis came and it was evident she would die from this cancer, she asked that I promise to make sure that after all she went through, the biopsies, the scans, the blood work, the test drugs, it would not go in vain.  That I fight to make sure that other kids never go through what she went through.  She believed God was using her for a much bigger mission in her short life.  Her motto during her year long fight with lung cancer was,  "It's All Good!"  I credit my strength to Jen, the ultimate fighter!  Our event is one of hope and encouragement for those currently battling this cancer and one of remembrance for those lost to Lung Cancer."

Friday, May 13, 2011

PBS39 WFWA Fort Wayne - 22nd Annual World Wine Tasting, May 13, 2011 - See New Photos

Post updated May 13, 2011:
It was a casual evening for people of all ages (of course all over the age of 21) to catch up with friends, taste great wines (and some beer), and raise money for PBS39. To take a look at more photos from the evening click here.

Original post from April 2, 2011:
Purchase your tickets today for the 22nd Annual World Wine Tasting benefiting PBS39-WFWA in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You will have the opportunity to sample from a selection of over 200 fine wines from around the world, thanks to the generosity of Belmont Beverage!

PBS39's World Wine Tasting event all takes place at the new downtown Fort Wayne Courtyard by Marriott.  If you have not had the chance to attend a function at this brand new hotel, this is your chance... and for a great cause... Fort Wayne Public Television.

Please see the poster below for all the details, and if you stop by a Northeast Indiana Belmont Beverage to buy your tickets be sure to thank them for their support and maybe even buy your favorite wine or other beverage to take home and savior. And please thank and support all the fine Fort Wayne sponsors of this event.  Please click on the poster for a larger view.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival - Downtown, Fort Wayne - May 14 & 15, 2011

When:  May 14 (6pm-9pm) and May 15 (noon-6pm) 
Where:  Downtown Allen County Public Library
What:  A Japanese Cultural Event  
Cost:  Most events are free
Saturday Evening, May 14, 2011:
Special: A Magical Evening of Japanese Music  - ACPL Theatre 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Featuring  World-renowned Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto -   local Philharmonic artists:  Hiromi Ito, violin, Hikaru Tamaki, cello; Akira Murotani, trumpet: and Bob Nance, piano. Also: Daniel Quinn guitar; Dorothy Kittaka. Soprano;  Janice Furtner, soprano  and members of the Fort Wayne Taiko
Seating is limited. Cost:  $15 /adult (with $5 going for Japanese Disaster Relief)/ Children 12 and under, $5.  For ticket information, contact Michele Yamanaka at 424-5070.
a ASAHI Beer will be available for purchase from The Green Frog in the theatre lobby, starting at 6 p.m.
a Anime Films Showing:  Meeting Rooms A,B,C.   6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost; no charge. [Persons 12 years old and under MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult]

Opening Ceremony Sunday, May 15, 2011
Fort Wayne Taiko
12:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony
           Fort Wayne Children’s Choir
singing the Star Spangled Banner and the Japanese National Anthem, and
            Sakura, Cherry Blossom (in Japanese)
Mayor Tom Henry with the Official Welcome with the Proclamation from
the City of Fort Wayne
Sayaka Ganz, leading the public in a traditional Bon-Odori dance

Thursday, May 5, 2011

COOKIN' MEN to Benefit Francine's Friends - April 30th, 2011 - Fort Wayne, IN - 2011 Photos

Take a look at these photos and all the fun at the 2011 Cookin' Men.  See more photos at the Francine's Friends Facebook Page and read the article on the Francine's Friends web site.

Original post below from March 25, 2011:
Click on any photo to enlarge.
Cookin' Men, an annual feast of a fundraiser, is always a hit with all who attend.  Your ticket allows you to enjoy extraordinary food and spirits prepared by 80 local men who will don chef hats that evening. Expect good times and support an excellent cause - the mobile mammography program, a partnership between Francine's Friends, the Breast Diagnostic Center and Parkview's Comprehensive Cancer Center.

When: April 30, 2011- Doors open at 7:00pm
Where:  Allen County War Memorial Coliseum - Fort Wayne, IN

Miami Indian Heritage Days Begins Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Fort Wayne

Chief Richardville House
Sponsored by the History Center, Miami Indian Heritage Days programs are held from 1-4 pm on the first Saturday of the month, May through November, and feature local artists, performers, and representatives from the Miami Indians and other Native American groups demonstrating aspects of their lasting heritage for the public to enjoy.

Admission for each Saturday event is  $7 adults and $5 students and seniors. History Center members and children ages 5 and under are free. Admission also includes the opportunity to visit the Chief Richardville House.
Miami Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville
“Medicine Woman Drum” will be featured May 7 beginning at 1 p.m.  The group performs traditional drumming, singing, and dancing that have played a major role in traditional Miami society.

On June  4,  Erik Vosteen will present traditional Great Lakes weaponry including hand and throwing weapons as well as the atlatl.

Vosteen will return on July 2,  Erik Vosteen, for a demonstration on traditional Great Lakes pottery.

The August 6 program by Katrina Mitten will feature Native American bead work.

September 3, Dani Tippman presents “Miami Harvest” on edible and usable plants and materials.

M.I.A.M.I. (Miami Indiana Alliance of Miami Indians) will present programs on October 1 about  traditional wikiami building and cattail matting.

November 5 and 6 is Traders Days. Vendors, craftsmen and artists sell quality Native American items including fine art, gourd work, beading, carved wood pieces, corn husk dolls, Christmas ornaments, Native American shields, jewelry, clothing, feather work, homemade baked goods and more. Traders Days events are free to the public and are open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Miami Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville built a trading empire in this area that made him the richest man in Indiana by the time of his death in 1841. His home, built in 1827, is one of the premier attractions in the Historical Society’s collection since the restoration of the building’s exterior. Today his house is recognized as the oldest Native American dwelling in the Midwest and the first Greek Revival style house in northeast Indiana.

For more information, contact the History Center at (260) 426-2882 or visit the website at

United Way of Allen County Accepts Gift From Dana Corporation Foundation

United Way of Allen County recently accepted a $14,340 gift from Dana Corporation Foundation for the 2010-2011 fundraising campaign. The campaign raises money from hundreds of businesses, organizations, foundations and individuals to support programs provided by 37 partner agencies. Funded programs help individuals meet their basic needs, support success in school and help individuals and families become independent and self-sufficient.

Representatives from Dana Corporation Foundation present a $14,340 donation to United Way of Allen County’s community campaign. From left to right: Dana Human Resources Manager Ron Bortner, United Way Board Chair Ron Turpin, United Way Labor Liaison Vickie Meyers, United Way President and CEO Todd Stephenson and Dana Foundation representative and Plant Manager Robert Flynn.

Fort Wayne Ballet Academy Showcase - Downtown Fort Wayne - May 26, 2011

The Fort Wayne Ballet Academy Showcase is a delightful evening of dance by some of Fort Wayne’s up and coming young dancers.  This is a family event for the young and young at heart!

When:  Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 6PM
Where:  Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.
              Downtown Fort Wayne, IN
Cost:  $5-adults and $2-children (2-17)

Primary & Beginner level dancers begin at 6 p.m.
Secondary & Upper level dancers begin at 8 p.m.

Project Blueprint Classes Set to Begin in June 2011 in Fort Wayne

United Way of Allen County, in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana is seeking participants for its seventh series of Project Blueprint classes, which are designed to recruit and train a diverse group of local residents to serve as members of boards, committees and other decision-making bodies in the community.

Class Dates:  June 1, 2011 - June 29, 2011
Applications Due:  May 11, 2011 -  Limited space available
Information:  Antoinette Hunter, 260-422-4776. 
Cost:  $150 

The classes are a way to help local not-for-profit and human service agencies recruit a culturally diverse group of qualified individuals to serve on committees and boards. The graduates can then bring ideas to the table that might not currently be represented and will help reflect the experiences and perspectives of the entire community.

“These classes help United Way and other local non-profit agencies to become more inclusive, and reflective of our culturally diverse community,” said Todd Stephenson, president and CEO of United Way of Allen County. “Project Blueprint helps the participants by providing opportunities to connect with a variety of community and business professionals.”

Project Blueprint consists of five, 90-minute classes that cover various topics such as finance, governance and marketing for not-for-profit agencies. Once participants complete the classes, they serve as interns on local agency boards or committees.

The program is designed to enhance the skills of a diverse group of volunteers with a desire to make a difference in their community. The program strongly encourages the participation of persons from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as persons with disabilities, who have strong leadership qualities and a keen interest in expanding their role in non-profit volunteer work.