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9th Annual Dapper Dads

Challenge & Fashion Show

Lansing's Leading Men Supporting Women's Health

 Thursday, June 7, 2018
Washington Square, in front of Kositchek's

VIP Reception | 5:30 p.m. | $60 per ticket

General Admission & Fashion Show | 6:30 p.m | $30 per ticket



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What happens when some of Lansing's
most Dapper men come together for a friendly
to benefit a great cause, and strut their
stuff down the LaFontaine Automotove Group runway?

Lots of fun and nearly $600,000 raised 
to help patients right here in Mid-Michigan!

The 2018 Dapper Dads event will take place on Thursday, June 7.
Take this opportunity to vote for your favorite Dapper Dad,

and help us top the resounding success of last
year's event when we raised nearly $600,000 
to support the health of our community!



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


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. The suite of Dapper Dads in 2017 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 LaFontaine Automotive Group, 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 the Deb Atkinson Endowment through the Sparrow Foundation.


Thank You to Our Generous 2018 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
M3 Group
Townsquare Media