In 1999, volunteers on behalf of the Breast Health Awareness League (organizers of the Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure®), raffled a Harley Davidson motorcycle, with net proceeds of just under $25,000. This money fell outside of the Komen-sanctioned events so it was set aside for a future yet-to-be-determined project.
Nancy Jaynes, a well-loved teacher and breast cancer survivor from Plymouth, Indiana, showed up at the Statehouse with pink balloons and busload full of schoolchildren. With great media attention and strong political support, the legislature passed the bill that allowed for the establishment of a breast cancer license plate in Indiana.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation implemented a new requirement that all Race for the Cure organizing bodies needed to be “affiliates” of the Komen Foundation. As the Indianapolis non-profit moved to become an affiliate of Komen, the Breast Health Awareness League 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization was “repurposed” to become IBCAT, thereby saving founding members time and effort to establish a new non-profit for the purposes of selling the license plates. This was made possible by having missions that were similar.
August – Articles of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation are filed with the Secretary of State’s office officially changing the name of the nonprofit from the Breast Health Awareness League to the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Inc. (IBCAT). New by-laws of IBCAT are approved.
Founding board members: Michele Wood (president), Shirley Triller (treasurer), Connie Molland (secretary), Dubbie Buckler, Beverly Gard and Nancy Jaynes. Pat Moon is hired as the processing coordinator.
September – The board of directors of the Breast Health Awareness League (BHAL) voted to transfer all assets except for the Harley Raffle proceeds (approximately $25,000) to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Harley Raffle proceeds provided the seed money for the breast cancer license plate. The BHAL 501(c)(3) and nonprofit organization are reconstituted to become the IBCAT.
January – Plate sales begin. The purchaser completes an application and sends it in to the IBCAT. The application is stamped for validation and returned to the purchaser who then takes the application to their BMV branch.
December – Plate sales reach 1,972. No grants are made in the first year.
December – Plate sales reach 4,208.
February – Senator Tom Wyss paves the way for plates to be sold directly at BMV branches (HB 1301).
September – Pat Moon, IBCAT’s processing coordinator since its inception, resigns.
November – Beth Knapp steps in as Director of Operations (contract role).
December – Plate sales reach 4,668. $92,250.00 in grants made to nine agencies.
December – Plate sales reach 4,948. $92,253.00 in grants made to eleven (11) agencies.
June – IBCAT submits formal request to the BMV to “opt in” to the direct sale program.
December – Plate sales reach 8,745. $115,992.00 in grants made to 14 agencies. Board adopts a new Strategic Plan, which formally establishes four committees of the board (finance, governance, grants and marketing).
January – Breast cancer plates are available at license branches. Beth Knapp becomes an employee of IBCAT as Executive Director.
May – Michele Wood, founding board president, steps down.
December – Plate sales reach 9,115. $145,956.00 in grants made to 19 agencies. Sheila Hauck becomes the Trust’s third president.
March – Founder Nancy Jaynes, loses her 11 year battle with breast cancer.
May – First round of Mini-Grants approved. Mini-Grants are six-month programs with a maximum funding of $2,500.00 each. $29,700.00 in Mini-Grants funded to 15 agencies.
June – Board approves the establishment of the Nancy Jaynes Memorial Scholarship.
December – Plate sales reach 13,340. $185,072.75 in grants made to 22 agencies.
March – First Nancy Jaynes Memorial Scholarships awarded. Tisha Kyler of Larwill and Mackenzie Klaes of Seymour were announced as the scholarship recipients.
May – $39,885.00 in Mini-Grants funded to 16 agencies.
December – Plate sales reach 14,343. $185,523.76 in grants made to 22 agencies.