2016 Dapper Dads


Lansing's Leading Men Supporting Women's Health


The 7th Annual Fashion Show Finale wasThursday, June 9, 2016
and raised over $455,000. Simply amazing!!


Jim Croom was crowned Lansing's most Dapper Dad 2016!

Thank you to all of our amazing Dapper Dads - you have been a part
of a record breaking year and we are so appreciative of everything
you have done, and continue to do, for the health of our community. 

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


Here is the list of the top 13 Dapper Dads - all of these generous
men will appear in the 2017 Calendar.

Place             Dapper Dad                 

Number of Votes


WINNER! Jim Croom 14,547                   $72,735          
2nd Goran Jurkovic 13,980 $69,900
3rd George Poletes 6,680 $33,400
4th Kris Burak 3,585 $17,925
5th Jack Davis 3,566 $17,830
6th Charles Blockett 3,469 $17,345
7th Glenn Granger 3,417 $17,085
8th Mark Burzych 3,382 $16,910
9th Jason Cochran 3,304 $16,520
10th Rocco Rucinski 3,258 $16,290
11th Jeff Demey 3,087 $15,435
12th Dan Warmels 3,029 $15,145
13th Mike Seling 2,905



The remainder of the field will appear on the website very soon.  



Click here to view ranking at close of online voting (June 9)




Runway Sponsor





University Club        Kositcheks



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. Last year's suite of Dapper Dads raised more than $290,000 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 $1,115,000 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 

Congratulations to the winner of the Sixth Annual Dapper Dads Challenge and Fashion Show: Mr. Fred Schaard. Mr. Schaard, of Rehmann, garnered 13,223 votes, totaling more than $66,115.00 raised for women's health in Lansing! Women Working Wonders is so grateful to the entire suite of 2015 Dads, who gave their time and talents, collectively raising more than $290,000 worth of votes during the campaign.


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.  


If you have questions about Dapper Dads, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cindy Artibee, Senior Development Officer, at cynthia.artibee@sparrow.org or by telephone at 517.364.3619.


Special Links




Thank You to Our Generous 2016 Sponsors



Runway Sponsor 


Feldman's Chevrolet of Lansing



Special Thanks to Our Partners




The University Club of Michigan State University



Media Partner



Lansing State Journal