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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. Seeing increased needs and demand for care, cancellation of our annual Ribbon of Hope Luncheon has been especially disappointing.

We are working diligently to find ways to meet the needs of our community, and you can help. Plan to tune in on October 7, Kettering Medical Center Foundation will partner with FOX45/ABC22 to host a Pinktober telethon. The station will be turning the studio pink, sharing stories of hope, and emphasizing the importance of an annual mammogram. All proceeds from this telethon and Ribbon of Hope Society will benefit the Women's Wellness Fund.

A partnership change of pace will allow us to continue to raise much needed dollars and awareness through a series of televised events including a day-long commitment of televised highlights and storytelling to benefit the Women's Wellness Fund. This integrated giving telethon with ABC22/FOX45 and Kettering Medical Center Foundation will benefit the Women's Wellness Fund and span television, newspaper, and social media reach.

Click here to donate Pinktober 2020!

Sponsored by:

ABC Ch 22 and FOX Ch 45      Dayton Now

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.

2020 Sponsors

 Presenting Sponsors


Terry & Dorothy Burns        Walter & Julie Sackett        PNC Bank        Taft Law

 Corporate/Community Partners

mcgohan and brabender     

 Speaker Sponsor

Economy Linen     

 Corporate/Community Leader

  • Mr. George Lewis

 Corporate/Community Sponsors

 Media Sponsors