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Ribbon of Hope Luncheon

Pinktober - 2020 Ribbon of Hope Telethon - October 7th

In the face of COVID-19 and all the challenges that has presented our world... cancer has not stopped.

Kettering Health Network continues to reach out to women in need of screenings, treatment, and care during their cancer journey. In this time of COVID-19 we're seeing an increased need and demands on the Women's Wellness Fund.

Pinktober was created to help to continue to raise funds and awareness for the Women's Wellness Fund. We thank Dayton 24/7 Now, FOX45/ABC 22 for their support. The Pinktober Telethon was a success.

You can still give by clicking here to continue to help women battling cancer right here in the Dayton region.

Sponsored by:

ABC Ch 22 and FOX Ch 45      Dayton Now

Thank you to the Ribbon of Hope Society members for their dedication to continuing to help meet the needs of the fund. Members give a yearly gift to the Women's Wellness Fund. One $1,000 gift can fund several wigs, an alternative therapy or more. Currently, Kettering Medical Center Foundation has 22 Lifetime members to the Ribbon of Hope Society. These women have given a significant amount over their lifetime to the Women's Wellness Fund. We are so appreciative of all the support from these remarkable individuals.

2020 Members for The Ribbon of Hope Society are:
  • Dr. Carrie Baker
  • Dr. Robert Baker
  • Darlene Braunschweiger
  • Dorothy Burns
  • Allyson Danis
  • Elanor Deskin
  • Yvonne Dowdy
  • Colleen Hardy
  • Nimfa Jimenez
  • Linda W. Lombard
  • Mary Kaye Manchur
  • Adrienne Pristas
  • Jenell Ross
  • Julie Sackett
  • Pattie Smith
Lifetime Members:
  • Mary Jo Fender
  • Deborah Feldman
  • Kathleen Glass
  • Renee Rubin Handel
  • Susan Katz
  • Susan Kettering
  • Anne Larkins
  • Arbutus Likens Carlisle
  • Martha Mapp
  • Patrcia McDonald
  • Pamela Morris Lemmon
  • Shelia Petrequin
  • Frances S. Repperger
  • Christine M. Rudwall
  • Antoinette M. Sprinkel
  • Lois Sutherland
  • Sara E. Woodhull
  • Susann K. Zickefoose

2020 Sponsors

 Presenting Sponsors


Bob Ross GMC Terry & Dorothy Burns        Walter & Julie Sackett         Taft Law      Superior Dental Care      Hospice of Dayton     Dayton Daily News     

 Corporate/Community Partners

mcgohan and brabender         CareSource      Economy Linen       Sinclair College       Principal Financial Group      KNRI Kettering Network Radiologists, Inc    Tim & Tonia Dutton     

 Corporate/Community Leader

  • Mr. George Lewis

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Location: Sinclair Conference Center - Get Directions
(parking is located in the underground parking garage of building 12, which is approached off of Fourth Street. Guests should use the SOUTH entrance to the first floor)

Boutique & Wellness Vendors open at 10:00 am
Registration: 11:00 am

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

2021 Ribbon of Hope
Keynote Speaker: Joan Lunden

Due to complications around COVID-19, and in the best interest of our guests, sponsors, and community, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Ribbon of Hope to 2021. Joan Lunden has graciously decided to join us on October 5, 2021 for a celebration unlike any you've ever attended! Save the date now and plan to join us.

An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and women's health & wellness advocate, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more than 30 years. For nearly two decades, Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America bringing insight to the day's top stories. As the longest running female host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 5 presidents, 5 Olympics, and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families, and their health.

In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. An eternal optimist, Lunden wanted to turn her diagnosis into an opportunity to help others. She blogged throughout her cancer treatment and wrote a memoir Had I Known, which documents her battle, and reflects on her life and career. Lunden serves as as the face of Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer and advocates for patients on Capitol Hill, and actively communicates with the cancer community through her social media and on her website. One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 60 magazines and book covers.

Lunden has served as national spokesperson for various organizations such as The American Heart Association, The American Lung Association, The American Red Cross, The American Academy of Pediatrics, Amgen's Breakaway from Cancer, The Colon Cancer Alliance, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Join us to hear about Joan's journey and all that it has taught her!

Joan Lunden

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 Sinclair Conference Center to hear a nationally-known speaker on the topic of breast cancer and women's health issues.

Past speakers at the luncheon include:

  • Diahann Carroll, Gold Globe winning actress
  • Susan Ford, former first daughter
  • Astronaut Mae Jemison
  • Stephanie Speilman, wife of OSU football star Chris Speilman
  • Dr. Jerri Nielson, physician who treated herself while on duty at the South Pole
  • Dr. Lillie Shockney
  • Dr. Vladimir Lange
  • Hoda Kotb, Today Show host
  • Dr. Susan Love
  • Peggy Fleming, Olympic Gold Medalist figure skater
  • 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
  • Lori Allen from TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta"
  • Shannon Miller, Most decorated Olympic Gymnast in American History

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.