Tri Kappa Presents Pink Out Dekalb County

Pink Out in DeKalb County, May 21

A series of events will culminate with the downtown Cruise-In, a Women’s Health Fair at the DeKalb Community Foundation, and the Francine’s Friend mobile mammography bus will be at the ACD Automobile Museum. To schedule a mammogram in the mobile mammogram coach call (260) 266-9180. To schedule a mammogram at DeKalb Health Women’s Imaging Center call (260) 920-2513.

May 21 Schedule
1 p.m. – 7 p.m. : Francine’s Friends @ Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. : Health & Wellness Fair at the Community Foundation
8 p.m. : Tribute Ceremony @ Community Foundation (the solemn raising of the tribute flag/banner)
For more information, please check the website, the Facebook page or email

Natalie Taylor, Tri Kappa; Sharon Simmons, Francine's Friends Board President; Chris Rhodes, DHS Athletic Director; Megan Smaltz, DHS Student, Event Organizer; Melissa Eschbach, Tri Kappa; Shelley Smaltz, Tri Kappa

Volunteers from the DeKalb High School vs. Garrett High School Shoot for the Cure Pink Out basketball game held on February 20 presented a donation to Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammogram Service. Pictured below from left to right: Natalie Taylor, Tri Kappa; Sharon Simmons, Francine’s Friends Board President; Chris Rhodes, DHS Athletic Director; Megan Smaltz, DHS Student, Event Organizer; Melissa Eschbach, Tri Kappa; Shelley Smaltz, Tri Kappa

Calling all women who make fitness, health education and early detection a priority!

Circle May 21, 2015 on your cell phone calendar and get moving to the rhythm of the first Pink Out in DeKalb County where you can watch (or join) like-minded women display support for one another in the fight against breast cancer, get a screening mammography, enjoy the Chamber Cruise-In and be inspired by the Final Tribute Ceremony.

Sponsored by the Auburn Tri Kappa chapter (Alpha Pi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc), the colorful affair includes an array of activities that educate and inspire today’s woman.

According to Natalie Taylor-DeWitt, the beginning of Tri Kappa’s involvement with Pink Out started with a 2014 phone call. “I got a phone call last October from a dear friend whose friend, 29, who was shocked by a sudden diagnosis of breast cancer,” said Taylor-DeWitt, adding that the diagnosed woman was a young mother of a 2-year-old and had another precious baby on the way.

“It scared me because I also am 29 and never thought of checking myself for breast cancer. I quickly called another friend, Melissa Eschbach (who is a breast cancer survivor) and asked, ‘Shouldn’t Tri Kappa be doing something?’ Then I called Shelley Smaltz and Kendra Klink, two other friends whose mothers are breast cancer survivors, and had the same conversation with them. The questions just kept coming… how many Tri Kappa women haven’t had their yearly mammograms? How do you properly check yourself and how often? How many women in our community don’t know where to get a mammogram or don’t take the time to get a mammogram?

“At the end of October, we met with Sharon Simmons, Donna Emley and Debi Kennedy from Francine’s Friends and put together a plan of action for a date in May. Every community leader we spoke with has been so supportive of what we’re doing—we know we’re doing something right,” Taylor-DeWitt said.

The organization began branching out prior to the May event with a Pink Out basketball game in February (pictured above), which raised funding for Francine’s Friends, and was led by the Garrett and DeKalb cheerleaders, and sponsored by DeKalb Health and Summit City Radiology. In April, a Pink Out DeKalb County proclamation by the mayors of the communities was presented. Plans for the month of May 2015 include several businesses in downtown Auburn that will have PINK specials, Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Coach will be located at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, the Community Foundation will have a Health and Wellness Fair, and concluding the event will be a tribute ceremony at the Community Foundation.

The women of Auburn would be delighted for you to join them in their crusade against cancer. Let’s all get moving for better health and make May 21, 2015 a date to remember!


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