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Ribbon of Hope Luncheon & Speaker

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Location: Sinclair Community College/Great Hall - Get Directions
Boutique & Wellness Vendors open at 10am
Registration: 11am  |  Luncheon: 11:45am

Parking is free and is available in the underground parking garage of building 12, which is approached off of 4th street. Guests should use the SOUTH stairway or elevator to the 1st floor for the event.


Lori Allen
2018 Ribbon of Hope
Keynote Speaker: Lori Allen from TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta."

What an amazing day we shared on Tuesday, October 2! The Ribbon of Hope Luncheon serves as an opportunity to honor and remember our loved ones who fought breast cancer, and to recognize the importance of compassionate and innovative care provided at Kettering Health Network.

We heard a touching story about a former patient and breast cancer survivor who received her diagnosis shortly after getting married. The news was shocking, but her Kettering caregivers, her hope, her family, and her faith gave her the strength she needed to fight.

We also heard the beautiful story of our keynote speaker, Lori Allen. Lori is one of the world's foremost experts on bridal couture and is the star of TLC network's reality show, Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta and Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids, which are filmed on site at her Atlanta-based bridal salon, bridals by lori.

She made the courageous decision to share her personal battle with breast cancer in the TLC special Say Yes to the Cure: Lori's Fight. Lori's true-to-life depiction of her struggle to beat the disease is now used as a cancer education tool and continues to inspire women around the world.

Community leaders, survivors, caregivers, and volunteers in attendance were inspired and left with a renewed hope that together we can help patients in the region.

Proceeds from this event supported Kettering Medical Center Foundation's Women's Wellness Fund, which provides cancer services to medically underserved women. In 2017, 335 patients were supported with mammograms, wigs, compression garments, and other cancer care services. Together, we Said YES to fighting cancer and being a part of the change in our community!

If you missed the event, don't worry! This is an annual event occurring every October. To receive a save the date for 2019, please sign up for Gratitude Matters, Kettering Medical Center Foundation's newsletter here: http://bit.ly/kmcfnews1.


Ribbon of Hope Luncheon History

The Ribbon of Hope Luncheon originated in 2001 as a fundraiser for the Women's Wellness Fund. It attracts a capacity crowd of the Dayton area's business and community leaders to the Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College to hear a nationally-known speaker on the topic of breast cancer and women's health issues.

Past speakers at the luncheon include:

  • Dr. Jerri Nielson, physician who treated herself while on duty at the South Pole
  • Susan Ford, former first daughter
  • Astronaut Mae Jemison
  • Dr. Lillie Shockney
  • Stephanie Speilman, wife of OSU football star Chris Speilman
  • Dr. Vladimir Lange
  • Hoda Kotb, Today Show host
  • Cokie Roberts, ABC news commentator
  • Cate Edwards, President of the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation
  • Christine Clifford, breast cancer survivor and author
  • Geralyn Lucas, author, journalist, and breast cancer survivor
  • Samantha Harris, television hostess, actress, and breast cancer survivor
  • Bill Rancic, husband of breast cancer survivor, Giuliana Rancic
  • Kelly Corrigan, New York Times best-selling author and breast cancer survivor

Over the years the luncheon has grown from 75 attendees to over 650 at this sell out event. Many corporations and organizations attend in addition to individuals who are dedicated to supporting the Women's Wellness Fund. The fund provides breast imaging services and other women's cancer care to uninsured or underserved women in the Dayton-area at no cost to them. It has helped more than 15,000 women and raised in excess of $2.2 million since 1995 through the Walk for Women's Wellness and The Ribbon of Hope Luncheon.

For more information, contact us at (937) 395-8607.



Thanks for supporting the 2018 Ribbon of Hope Luncheon



2018 Sponsors


 Presenting Sponsors




 Co-Sponsors

Terry and Dorothy Burns   Superior Dental Care     Taft Law     Hospice of Dayton    


 Corporate/Community Partners

Applied Mechanical Systems        Buckeye Ambulance        Capital Health Care Network      EPIC

United Health Care     mcgohan and brabender     CareSource   Sinclair College


 Speaker Sponsor

LWC     Bieser Greer Key Bank    


 Corporate/Community Leaders

  • Bob Ross Auto Group
  • Clark, Schaefer, & Hackett
  • Columbia Union Conference
  • Economy Linen & Towel Service
  • Enrollment Benefit Concepts, LLC
  • Kettering Network Radiologists, Inc.
  • Larkins & Larkins, LLC
  • Mikesells
  • Principal Financial
  • Roxane Weighall, DO
  • Spring Valley Academy
  • The Intuitive Body
  • The Ohlmann Group, Inc.
  • ThinkPatented
  • WesBanco


 Corporate/Community Sponsors

  • Better Business Bureau
  • CBD Advisors
  • Danis Building Construction
  • Kettering Anesthesia Associates
  • Lighthouse Lighting
  • Manfreda Construction
  • Susan Sickler
  • University of Dayton


 Media Sponsors

B94.5     Key Ads     MIX107.7     iHeart Radio