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Lansing's Leading Men Supporting Women's Health

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Washington Square, in front of Kositchek's

What happens when 33 amazing men get together
for a friendly competition 
to benefit a great cause?
Lots of fun and nearly $600,000 raised 
to help patients right here in Mid-Michigan!

The 2017 Dapper Dads event wrapped up on Thursday, June 8,
with resounding success, 
thanks to the efforts of our truly
Dapper Dads and their supporters who together

raised nearly $600,000 to support the health of our community!


See Drew and the other Dads who will be featured in the
2018 Dapper Dads Calendar.

Congratulations to Drew Bowden
of Jackson National Life,
our 2017 Dapper Dad! 


 Thank you to all contestants of the 2017 Dapper Dads competition for their leadership,
sportsmanship, generosity and great performance on the Feldman Chevrolet runway. 


To view the photo gallery from the 2017 event, please click here!


Whether a Dapper Dad or a Dapper Dad supporter, your participation
donations make our community even better! Thank you!





Event Partners




The Dapper Dads Challenge and Fashion show consists of a campaign for online votes from the community, and the Dapper Dad's Fashion Show, which is the culmination of the challenge. Each vote costs $5 and is 100% tax-deductible; all proceeds support the mission of women's health. This year's suite of Dapper Dads raised nearly $600,000 during the campaign, which lead to amazing competition and very creative performances on the runway during the Fashion Show!


Since its inception, this popular event hosted by Women Working Wonders (W3) and the Sparrow Foundation, has raised more than $1,600,000 in support of the physical and psychological health of women in mid-Michigan. Every year, local community leaders and professionals, who are passionate about supporting women's health in our region, are recruited to be a new suite of Dapper Dads and Dudes.


Founded in 2002 by Lansing entrepreneur Virginia Hilbert, the Sparrow Foundation’s Women Working Wonders (W3) Committee works tirelessly to support the physical and psychological health of women in mid-Michigan.  The committee comprises more than 35 professional women from the Greater Lansing area. With the generous support of our community, W3 has raised more than $2.2 million for initiatives that advance women’s health. Its signature fundraisers are The Dapper Dads Challenge and Fashion Show, and Kaleidoscope.
Thanks to community philanthropy, W3 supported/funded projects include:
  • A $250,000 MicroSelection HDR V2 that reduces radiation treatment for Patients
  • A state-of-the-art stereotactic breast biopsy machine for Sparrow’s Radiology Department.
  • A dedicated room for the compassionate treatment of sexual assault victims.  
  • A Transition-to-Hospice Program that helps terminally ill Patients and their families ease into end-of-life care.
  • An Infant Bereavement Program for the heartbreaking times when parents lose a newborn. 
  • Pocket-sized cards outlining symptoms of heart disease and stroke specific to women, created and distributed throughout the region.
  • A comfortable (and comforting) family lounge in Sparrow’s Neurosciences Center.     
  • Softer, more comfortable examination gowns for women undergoing mammograms at Sparrow.      
  • A lactation clinic at Sparrow to assist mothers who may have challenges breastfeeding their new babies.        
  • The creation of the Deb Atkinson W3 Endowment 
  • A $1 million pledge to Sparrow's new Herbert-Herman Cancer Center 

Women Working Wonders and the Sparrow Foundation would like to extend a very special thank you to all of the Dapper Dads and Dudes who give their time and their talents to compete in this challenge; also to our generous partners, Kositchek's, The University Club of Michigan State University and Feldman's Chevrolet, whose support of this event is so greatly appreciated; and finally, to our volunteers, without whose hands and hearts, this annual event would not be possible.  


A portion of the proceeds from Dapper Dads may be used to support an endowed fund through the Sparrow Foundation.


Thank You to Our Generous 2017 Sponsors!


If you have questions about Dapper Dads, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities,
please contact Cindy Watters, 
Senior Development Officer, 
at or by telephone at 517.364.3619.


           Runway Sponsor           




Media Sponsors


 Adams Outdoor Advertising
Foresight Group
Lansing State Journal
Townsquare Media