Tapestry: A Day for You began in 2002 as a way to enrich the lives of women in northeast Indiana and to raise funds for students studying in the College of Health and Human Services at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Parkview Health shared this vision by joining forces with IPFW as the founding sponsor. Together with the support of additional sponsors and the women of Indiana, IPFW and Parkview have grown the event to encompass a full day of inspiration, renewal, and education for women in all stages of life.

  • Inspiration – Listen to the stories of the Scholarship recipients and the Dedication Award honoree. Threads of their lives will undoubtedly connect with yours.
  • Renewal – Spend time with friends and colleagues while enjoying a schedule designed for you, the woman. Concentrate on you for the day and return to your life with renewed energy and passion.
  • Education – Learn something new or do something fun at the various breakout sessions. Visit over 100 artist and exhibitor booths to see new products and services.

Over the last 16 years, Tapestry has raised more than $900,000 in scholarship funds and awarded scholarships to 78 students. Contact us to find out how you can be inspired, renewed, and educated at the 16th Tapestry: A Day for You Friday, April 28, 2017.

Tapestry 2017

Keynote Speaker: Ann Curry

Tapestry: A Day for You celebrated its 16th annual event Friday, April 28, 2017. It was an inspirational day filled with shopping, spending time with friends, educational opportunities, and amazing speakers. The day started by recognizing Cheryl Brockmann, Tapestry’s 2017 Linda L. Ruffolo Award Honoree. Cheryl's devotion to volunteerism goes above and beyond, and she was truly inspirational. Browsing through the artisan boutique and sponsor booths was next on the agenda for the capacity crowd. Then, guests dispersed to the 14 educational breakout sessions. The luncheon program was highlighted by the inspirational stories of 12 IPFW students studying health sciences who were awarded a total of $61,500 in scholarship funds. And finally, Ann Curry, award-winning journalist, former NBC News anchor, and international correspondent, inspired the crowd with stories from her life.

As a result of overwhelming generosity, Tapestry continued its tradition of success. Half of the funds raised will go into the Tapestry Parkview Endowment and the other half will be available to award IPFW scholarships at the next Tapestry: A Day for You, Friday April 27, 2018. Since the scholarships were introduced in 2002, nearly $900,000 has been raised and 78 students have been awarded scholarships.

Tapestry 2016

Keynote Speaker: Vicki Lawrence

Tapestry: A Day for You celebrated its 15th annual event Friday, April 29, 2016. It was a truly inspirational day filled with shopping, spending time with friends, educational opportunities, and amazing speakers. The day started by recognizing Linda Ruffolo, Tapestry’s 2016 Dedication Award Honoree. It was announced that the name of the award will henceforth be called the Linda L. Ruffolo Award. Following the announcement, Hana Lee Stith was presented with the first Linda L. Ruffolo Award. Browsing through the artisan boutique and sponsor booths was next on the agenda for the capacity crowd. Guests then dispersed to the 14 educational breakout sessions. The luncheon program was highlighted by the inspirational stories of eight IPFW students studying health sciences, who were awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarship funds. And finally, Vicki Lawrence, the multitalented Emmy Award-winning comedic television star, recording artist, theatre performer, and author best known for The Carol Burnett Show and Mama’s Family entertained the crowd.

As a result of overwhelming generosity, Tapestry continued its tradition of success. Half of the funds raised will go into the Tapestry Parkview Endowment and the other half will be available to award IPFW scholarships at the next Tapestry: A Day for You, Friday April 28, 2017. Since the scholarships were introduced in 2002, nearly $825,000 has been raised and 66 students have been awarded scholarships.

Tapestry 2015

Keynote Speaker: Jane Pauley

Tapestry: A Day for You celebrated its 14th annual event Friday, April 24, 2015. It was a truly inspirational day filled with shopping, spending time with friends, educational opportunities, and amazing speakers. The day started by recognizing Dorothy Kittaka, Tapestry’s 2015 Dedication Award Honoree. Dorothy’s contributions to the northeast Indiana arts community are nothing short of legendary. As a teacher, musician, and community activist, she has inspired countless girls (and boys) who have gone on to become teachers, musicians, and engaged citizens. Browsing through the artisan boutique and sponsor booths was next on the agenda for the capacity crowd. Then, guests dispersed to the 14 educational breakout sessions. The luncheon program was highlighted by the inspirational stories of eight IPFW students studying health sciences who were awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarship funds. And finally, Jane Pauley, one of broadcasting’s most award-winning journalists, a familiar face on morning, daytime, and primetime television and author of two New York Times bestsellers entertained and inspired the crowd.

As a result of overwhelming generosity, Tapestry continued its tradition of success. Half of the funds raised will go into the Tapestry Parkview Endowment and the other half will be available to award IPFW scholarships at the next Tapestry: A Day for You, Friday April 29, 2016. Since the scholarships were introduced in 2002, nearly $750,000 has been raised and 58 students have been awarded scholarships.

Tapestry 2014

Keynote Speaker: Marilu Henner

Tapestry: A Day for You celebrated its 13th annual event on Friday, April 25, 2014. It was a truly inspirational day filled with shopping, spending time with friends, educational opportunities, and amazing speakers—all while raising life—changing scholarship funds for IPFW students. The day started by recognizing Patsy Dumas, Tapestry’s 2014 Dedication Award Honoree. Patsy’s contributions to the Fort Wayne Community are beyond measure. She is a mother, grandmother, leader, friend, and role model for women of all ages.

Singer-songwriter Courtney Leigh Heins entertained the audience with her award-winning songs and a song she wrote especially for us, “Our Tapestry.”

Strolling through the artisan boutique and sponsor booths was next on the agenda for the capacity crowd, and guests then dispersed to the 14 educational breakout sessions.

The luncheon program was highlighted by the inspirational stories of six IPFW College of Health and Science students, who were awarded a total of $39,000 in scholarship funds. Finally, actress and best-selling author Marilu Henner delighted the audience with her “ABC’s of Health and Living.”

As a result of overwhelming generosity, Tapestry continued its tradition of success. Half of the funds raised will go into the Tapestry Parkview Endowment and the other half will be available to award scholarships at the next Tapestry: A Day for You, Friday, April 24, 2015. Since the scholarships were introduced in 2002, nearly $675,000 has been raised and 50 IPFW students have been awarded scholarships in the health and human services field.

Tapestry 2013

Keynote Speaker: Sissy Spacek

Tapestry: A Day for You celebrated its twelfth annual event on Friday, April 26, 2013. It was truly an inspirational day filled with shopping, spending time with friends, educational opportunities and amazing speakers. The day started by recognizing Pat Parker, Tapestry’s 2013 Dedication Award Honoree. Pat’s giving personality shined through as she accepted this prestigious award. Next, Biggest Loser contestants Marci and Courtney Crozier shared their inspirational story. Strolling through the artisan boutique and sponsor booths was next on the agenda for the capacity crowd. Then, guests dispersed to the thirteen educational breakout sessions. The luncheon program was highlighted by the inspirational stories of seven IPFW College of Health and Science students who were awarded a record-breaking total of $39,000 in scholarship funds. And, finally, Sissy Spacek entertained the audience with heartfelt stories from her life.

Tapestry 2012

Keynote Speaker: Patricia Heaton

Tapestry: A Day for You celebrated its eleventh annual event on Friday, April 27, 2012, with recording breaking attendance of 1,436. It was truly an inspirational day filled with amazing speakers, shopping, and an unprecedented amount of scholarship funds being raised.

The day started by recognizing Donna Emley, Tapestry’s 2012 Dedication Award Honoree. Donna Emley’s giving personality shined through as she accepted this prestigious award. Next, Mayor Suzanne Handshoe shared her personal story of “Breaking the Mold” life journey which brought tears and laughter to all those in the crowd. Strolling through the 161 artisan boutique and sponsor booths was next on the agenda for the capacity crowd. Then, guests dispersed to the thirteen educational breakout sessions. The luncheon program was highlighted by the inspirational stories of seven IPFW College of Health and Science students who were awarded a record-breaking total of $38,500 in scholarship funds. And, finally, Patricia Heaton entertained the audience with her thoughts on marriage, motherhood and raising four sons—all while balancing a career.

The result was $86,000 raised for women’s scholarships, the highest in Tapestry’s eleven year history. Half of those funds will go into the Tapestry Parkview Endowment and the other half will be available to award scholarships at the next Tapestry: A Day for You, Friday, April 26, 2013. Since the scholarships were introduced in 2002, over $536,000 has been raised and 37 IPFW students have been awarded scholarships.

Tapestry 2011

Keynote Speaker: Molly Ringwald

Tapestry: A Day for You celebrated its tenth annual event on Friday, April 29, 2011, with inspirational women, an iconic star, and an unprecedented amount of scholarship funds being raised. The day started with Dorian Maples and the late Bette Harris, two extraordinary women, being recognized as female role models in our community. Strolling through the 138 artisan boutique and sponsor booths was next on the agenda for the nearly 1,200 Tapestry guests. Then, guests dispersed to the thirteen educational breakout sessions. The luncheon program was highlighted by the inspirational stories of six IPFW College of Health and Science students who were awarded a record-breaking total of $38,500 in scholarship funds. And, finally, Molly Ringwald entertained the audience with her thoughts on Pretty is a State of Mind: Empowering Women to be Their Best True Selves.

The result was $78,000 raised for women’s scholarships. Half of those funds will go into the Tapestry Parkview Endowment and the other half will be available to award scholarships at the next Tapestry: A Day for You, Friday, April 27, 2012. Since the scholarships introduced in 2002, nearly $450,000 has been raised and 30 IPFW students have been awarded scholarships.

Tapestry 2010

Keynote Speaker: Sandra Lee

Friday, April 23, 2010 was the ninth time that women from all over Indiana and surrounding states filled the Coliseum with a vibrant energy that is the tapestry of women. Laughter, applause and smiles were the norm. Betty Stein was recognized for being an outstanding female role model in terms of family, community and profession. A record breaking five (5) scholarships, totally $28,000, were awarded to students studying health sciences at IPFW. Speakers offered educational seminars. Sponsors and boutiques created a shopping extravaganza. And, keynote speaker Sandra Lee provided much food for thought as she shared her inspiring life story. In the end, 1,288 women left feeling ready to jump back into their regular lives with renewed enthusiasm. Tapestry 2010 raised an incredible $74,000! Half of those funds will be transferred into the Tapestry Parkview Endowment and the other half (up to $37,000) will be used to award scholarships at the next Tapestry: A Day for Women on April 29, 2011. Since the scholarships began in 2002, $371, 681 has been raised, with scholarships going to 24 IPFW students. Please mark your calendar for April 29, 2011 to be there for our 10th anniversary celebration!

Tapestry 2009

Keynote Speaker: Clinton Kelly

What a day April 24, 2009 was! More than 1,260 people filled Memorial Coliseum for the eighth annual Tapestry: A Day for Women with our first male keynote speaker. More than 120 exhibitors greeted happy shoppers at their booths. Fourteen breakout sessions provided educational and inspirational information. 2 women received full-year scholarships to study health sciences at IPFW. One deserving woman, Patty Martone, was recognized for being an outstanding role model to women. And, one man became the first male to speak at Tapestry: A Day for Women. Clinton Kelly surpassed all expectations with his phenomenal presentation of the &lquo;7 Steps to a Healthy Style Esteem”. Everyone, female and male, left Memorial Coliseum with a smile on their face.

One more important thing happened on April 24th. Funds were raised to support the Tapestry Parkview Endowment Fund and to provide scholarships to women studying health sciences at IPFW. Specifically, $70,000 was raised. This means that $35,000 will go toward the Tapestry Parkview Endowment to bring its balance to approximately $245,000 and $35,000 will be awarded as scholarships at Tapestry 2010 next April.

Tapestry 2008

Keynote Speaker: Marie Osmond

Fresh off the Dancing with the Stars TV show, Marie Osmond dazzled the record crowd of 1,400 women with her engaging tale of growing up with all those brothers, her time in show business, her battle with post-partum depression, and the loss of her mother to a stroke. The record crowd and tremendous sponsorships added $63,000+ to the Tapestry Parkview Endowment Fund which is now at $210,000!

Two women received full year scholarships to IPFW’s College of Health and Sciences. In total, 17 women have received scholarships as a result of Tapestry: A Day for Women.

Attendees were entertained and educated at the breakout sessions which included everything from heart disease to green gardening to empowered living to latin dance. And, of course, there was shopping. Over 100 tradeshow and boutique booths tempted the attendees with free giveaways and significant discounts. Tapestry 2008 had it all!

Tapestry 2007

Keynote Speaker: Patty Duke

We laughed. We cried. We shared. We dreamed. Tapestry 2007 was a magical day starting with Jana Stanfield, motivational singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN. A record number of shopping/sponsor booths greeted our record attendance of 750 women!

Our breakout sessions included lighter topics such as fashion, cooking, dance. We had a hands-on spa. And other options included dealing with loved ones’ depression, overcoming life’s obstacles, and aging and memory loss.

Patty Duke was our keynote speaker and she shared stories of her life, her career, and her struggles with bipolar disorder. This very successful year ended with a giant leap of our Parkview Tapestry endowed scholarship fund...now over $150,000!

Tapestry 2006

Keynote Speaker: Linda Ellerbee

WExcitement and laughter led the way for our 5th annual Tapestry: A Day for Women. Linda Ellerbee spoke on “Surviving to Laugh Another Day” and recounted her career trials and her health problems…and how she laughed her way through it all!

This year, the Tapestry scholarship funded a full-semester’s tuition for a very deserving young woman to help in the pursuit of her health sciences degree. The scholarship fund continues to grow due to the generosity of our sponsors and attendees.

Fun and educational sessions, shopping, and prizes rounded out the event as nearly 600 women networked.

Tapestry 2005

Keynote Speaker: Dana Reeve

How sad we are with Dana’s passing on March 6, 2006. We are so proud we came to know her through Tapestry 2005.

What a successful fourth year we had for Tapestry! The scholarship fund is now over $100,000 thanks to the support of our sponsors and attendees! Nearly 600 women attended the event, which was moved to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for more room.

Dana Reeve, the chair of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, was the keynote speaker and talked on “Looking Forward.” Dr. Elliott Engel returned to discuss “Our Slippery Mother Tongue: A Light History of the English Language.”

With built in shopping times, the boutique and trade show saw increased foot traffic. Over 50 door prizes were won by the day's attendees!

Tapestry 2004

Keynote Speaker: Dyan Cannon

The third annual Tapestry: A Day for Women, April 30, 2004, welcomed Dyan Cannon talking about “Lakers, Lip Gloss, and Life in Hollywood.” Fifteen breakout sessions educated women on everything from chocolate to plastic surgery to mother/daughter relationships. Three students received scholarships from Tapestry 2004 funds. An additional $25,000 was added to the endowed scholarship fund begun in 2002.

Over 500 women attended the day of renewal and growth. The ever-popular Dr. Elliott Engel thrilled the crowd with his humorous talk about “Myth Emily Dickinson.”

The boutique filled the ballroom of Walb Union while trade show booths covered areas in the Union and the Gates Center. Most booths offered door prizes and many women purchased the lovely centerpieces for their homes.

Tapestry 2003

Keynote Speaker: Marlo Thomas

The second annual Tapestry: A Day for Women, May of 2003, was expanded to include the two main speakers, 20 breakout sessions, and filled two major campus buildings. An additional $15,000 was added to the endowed scholarship fund begun in 2002. Two more students received scholarships from Tapestry 2003 funds.

Marlo Thomas spoke to the over 500 women gathered for the event about “The Right Words.” The returning Dr. Elliott Engel wowed the group with his explanation about the “Brilliant and Bizarre Brontes.”

Both the boutique and trade show were part of the day.

Tapestry 2002

Keynote Speaker: Erin Brokovich

The first Tapestry event, held in April 2002, raised over $25,000 for scholarships for women in health-related fields and allowed for the endowment of the Tapestry/Parkview Health Sciences Scholarship. Additionally, two students benefited from scholarships from Tapestry funds in 2002.

Erin Brokovich was the keynote speaker on “The Power of One”. The breakfast speaker was the energetic Dr. Elliott Engel speaking about “Common Threads: The Story of Margaret Mitchell and Scarlett O’Hara.”

Nearly 400 women attended the day’s event, partaking in sessions about health, spirituality, emotional well-being, and dressing for success. Between sessions, women visited trade show booths and shopped at the boutique.

Sponsors

Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)

Parview Health