Saturday, March 28, 2009

Good news!

Everytime I get on here I know Fort is up in heaven thinking..."Geez, Ang, get off my blog already." Pam decided it was best for her to be mad at me than her so here goes...

There were recently 2 awards given out in Fort's name...

*The Cincinnati Kelts Rugby Club gave out the Melissa "Fort" McLaughlin Spirit Award to Patty Williams.

*Our alma matter Kettering Fairmont High School gave the the Melissa Fortener McLaughlin "B" Positive Spirit Award to Cassie Sant. Cassie is a tremendous basketball player at Fairmont and is being heavily recruited by a number of schools...Notre Dame to name just one! I am sure that was music to the ears of both Donnie and Nick who are huge Fighting Irish fans!

I believe both are to be annually given awards. At Fairmont there will be a plaque put in the Trent Arena and new award winners will be added to it each year.

I know Fort would have been (and is) honored to have these 2 amazing awards given to such deserving people in her honor...her family and, of course, I could not be more proud!

Thanks for tuning news and updates become available you will be the first to know so keep tuning in!

Lots of love,

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Upcoming events....

Just a few things...

Thank you to everyone who has sent donations for the Susan Komen 3-day Walk for the Cure. T-shirts will be shipped this week! The fundraiser at Solar Tan will last until the end of March for anyone who would still like to get a t-shirt.

For those of you that would like to donate directly to the walk here's what you need to do:

Go to, click on Donate, go to search for a participant and type in Pam Fortener (team name is Fort's Yayas for Tatas), from there you can click on Donate to Pam.

On a side note...when Pam and Melissa were on their way to Atlanta for the walk in 2007 Pam tried to let Melissa know that it was okay if she needed to rest or take breaks...Fort said, "We're gonna finish this race on bloody knuckles if we have to!" Pam says she will finish this next race the same way if she has to. Words to live by...

Also, here is some info on another fundraiser for the walk. Everyone is welcome. Please attend if you can...should be lots of fun!

Fort’s Yaya’s for Tatas*
Sharon Olander Tangeman, Pam Rotert Fortener,
Karyn Tangeman Honigford, Mandi Hoskins Smith
PARTY WITH A PURPOSE…WE ARE WALKING TO honor the courageous battle with breast cancer that we loved Melissa Fortener McLaughlin through…we are also raising $ for research for a cure and for providing mammograms for uninsured women as well as raising awareness of the impact that breast cancer is having on women of all ages throughout our country. Each of us must raise a minimum of $2300 to participate. Please help us! *our team name will get you to us! *
The party details are:


There will be special drinks available, we will get a portion of each shrimp dinner sold, we’ll be selling pink beads, jello shots and 50/50 raffle tickets. Buttons and car magnets will also be available for purchase. There will be door prizes and karaoke and lots of fun! Please join us on Saturday May 16th and be a part of our effort to make a difference!
Contact us: 937-470-3147

Thanks to everyone for continued support, love, thoughfulness and generosity!

Angie and Pam

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Fundraiser at Solar Tan

Not sure how many folks are still checking Fort's blog but wanted to post this information for anyone who might still be logging in. One of Pam's old roomies has a daughter (Heather) who runs a tanning salon called Solar Tan on Alex Rd in Miamisburg. She is having a fundraiser in Fort's name during the month of March. All proceeds will go toward Pam's (Fort's Mom) 3-day Susan Komen Walk for the Cure in Atlanta this fall. Its a very nice and clean salon with 18 beds, Mystic Tan and a water massaging bed. If you donate $5 you will receive a pair of pink Eyepodz that hook on to your keys. They even have a cute pink ribbon attached. For $25 you will receive a tshirt (pink for ladies/black for men) that says, "Be's not just my blood type" and it will show Fort's name and blog address. Spring break and summer are right around the corner so Solar Tan would be a great way to get your bronzing started while also aiding in the fight against breast cancer.

A few folks who aren't living in town have asked if they can still donate. You can make a check out to Susan Komen Walk for the Cure and it can be sent to me along with your t-shirt size and address. My address is:
Angie Warner
PO Box 482
Wilberforce OH 45384

If you have any questions, please email me at Thanks in advance for your love, time and support.