The Brenda Hanchar Foundation (BHF) announces their annual fundraising event called the “Flavor of Fall” set for Thursday, November 6, 2008. The “Flavor of Fall” will be held at the Baker Street Train Station in downtown Fort Wayne from 4pm to 7pm. It will feature a variety of soups, chili, chowders, and gumbo from Fort Wayne celebrities and notables and, several fine restaurants in the area. The fundraiser will also feature a silent auction and music provided by the University of Saint Francis Jazz Ensemble.

Admission to the “Flavor of Fall” is free. A free will donation is accepted. Attendees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite “Flavor of Fall” with their dollars. Special containers for collecting money is set in front of each soup presented. Each dollar will count as one vote; $20 counts as 20 votes, etc. The jar with the greatest amount of money will be named the “Favorite Flavor of Fall.” A silent auction will feature fine restaurant gift certificates, rounds of golf, artwork, a holiday carriage ride, and more.

It is the mission of the Brenda Hanchar Foundation to help those who are unable to afford physician directed medical equipment, medical supplies or prescription medication to enhance and maintain a reasonable quality of life. BHF does this by providing medical equipment, medical supplies and prescription assistance to individuals who cannot afford medical insurance and meet income guidelines based on the Federal Poverty Level. Equipment provided is on a loan basis.

It is estimated that up to 30% of the population is without medical insurance either public or private in Allen County alone. Recent surveys of various Allen County hospital discharge planners finds that approximately 150 to 200 people are sent home from the hospital monthly without the means to purchase prescribed medications or medical equipment.

Brenda Hanchar lived in Waynedale and worked as a nurse in the community for many years and succumbed to the ravages of cancer in 2003.

The Brenda Hanchar Foundation, incorporated in 2006, created by Brenda’s husband Thomas J. Hanchar, is a not-for-profit organization. One hundred percent of the money raised will go towards the Foundation.


You can learn more about the Brenda Hanchar Foundation by visiting their website at and the Flavor of Fall at

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