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2019 Dapper Dads raise over $540,000 for women’s health

Posted at 1:09 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 13:09:16-04

LANSING, Mich. — About $542,000 was raised for women’s health in the recent 2019 Sparrow Foundation’s Women Working Wonders (W3) 10th Annual Dapper Dads Challenge & Fashion Show.

Over the past 10 years, the event has raised nearly $4 million to support women’s health initiatives in Mid-Michigan.

Delta Dental of Michigan’s Daniel Lovejoy earned the title of “Top Dapper Dad” by raising the most money through online donations and dollars collected during the Dapper Dads Fashion Show in early June.

He was followed by a dozen other top vote-getters (in order): Sean Bertolino, Jackson National Life; Dean Holland, Accident Fund Insurance Co. of America; Mark Clouse, Eyde Company; Greg Walthorn, Plante Moran; Simon Haddad, Neogen; Mark and Joe Burzych, Fahey, Schultz, Burzych & Rhodes, PLC (father Joe is a 98-year-old military veteran); Don Simon, Farm Bureau Insurance; Patrick Dean, Dean Transportation; Bill Burke, Rehmann; Kris Kassel, Fox Sports College Properties; and Richard Bennett, M.D., Sparrow Medical Group Urology (the randomly drawn 13th Dapper Dad).

Each will appear in a special Dapper Dads Calendar that will be available for order this October through the Sparrow Foundation and online at

The Dapper Dads Challenge consists of two parts: A 12-week campaign for online votes from the region, and the fashion show (the culmination of the Challenge). Each vote costs $5, is tax-deductible and supports W3’s mission of improving women’s health in mid-Michigan.

This Fashion Show’s Presenting Sponsors were the University Club of MSU and Kositchek’s. The Runway Sponsor was Dart Bank.

The Dapper Dads Challenge is organized by W3. Now in its 17th year, W3 has raised more than $4.4 million for equipment and resources that have improved the health and psychological well-being of thousands of Mid-Michigan women.

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