PRESS RELEASE 5-16-18

Local Women’s Group Grants $122,000 to Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids for “Building the Future” Renovation Project

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Birmingham, MI The women’s philanthropy group Impact100 Metro Detroit yesterday awarded a $122,000 grant to Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids. The funds will support renovations to a building recently donated by a retiring physician. The new space will better meet their expanding programming needs and the renovations will ensure it is safe for the health of their often immune-compromised young clients and their families.

Each year Impact 100 Metro Detroit, a nonprofit organization, awards a high-impact grant to a local charity that serves Wayne, Oakland and/or Macomb County. Members donate $1,000 each toward a collective grant of at least $100,000, which then goes to one of the nonprofit finalists chosen by the group at the annual event. Other finalists this year included Alternatives For Girls (Expanding college pathways for girls in Detroit high schools), and Soulidarity (We LIT: Brighter Days in the Hood – installing solar-powered streetlights in Avalon Village). This year’s third annual event, held at San Marino Club in Troy, was the largest yet. The group is on track to grow to 500 members in the next five years enabling them to give five $100,000 high-impact grants to deserving organizations.

Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids, says this gift “will help us have a forever home so we’ll always have a place to provide support and love for families as they heal.” In addition to wigs, they offer classes and counseling for families, and a place children can be with other kids like themselves. “There’s nothing more heartwarming than giving to a cause when you know the person (Maggie) is giving so much of themselves,” says Amy Anger, President of Impact 100 Metro Detroit.

Across the country, Impact 100 groups empower women through philanthropy. Impact100 Metro Detroit, the first such group in Michigan, unites women from all backgrounds who want to support nonprofits headquartered in and serving the tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb). Their mission is to cultivate transformation together in their community by uniting women in collective giving. www.impact100metrodetroit.org

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 Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids (l) is overwhelmed by the grant presented by Amy Anger, President, Impact100 Metro Detroit.

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