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Impact100 Oakland County Announces $306,000 in Grants

May 3, 2019

The all-women’s philanthropic group celebrates grant announcement with a fashion show hosted at Saks Fifth Avenue.

By Alexa Caccamo

Photography by Morgan Heinzmann

Impact100 of Oakland County celebrated its announcement of $306,000 in grants to benefit three nonprofits in style with a fashion show at Saks Fifth Avenue at The Somerset Collection on April 30.

women networking

Denise Dunn (left), Allison Decapite (middle), Angel Lau (right) and the rest of the women who were in attendance sipped away on champagne, dined on hors d’oeuvres and networked with each other before the show began.

The all-women’s philanthropic group aims to aid Oakland County and its residents by awarding grants to local nonprofits in arts and culture, education, environment and recreation, family and health and wellness. Impact100 Oakland County is one of 25-plus chapters of the organization in the U.S. The nonprofit comprises 100 women, each giving $1,000 and having one vote to weigh in on the organization who will receive the grant.


Before the show began, guests were treated to a dance performed by the Next Step Broadway dancers.

Marci Kelkar, a Birmingham native and Impact100 events chairperson, says the group did a fashion show because it’s a fun opportunity for women to get a peek at upcoming trends.

The show presented three looks from three categories: flirty and fun, summer comfort and dressed up. After the show to announce the grant, seven women from the organization made their way up to catwalk. When all of the women were lined up, they lifted their jackets to reveal the grant total in silver sparkly numbers on their T-shirts. The group revealed that they have a total of $306,000 in grant money, which will be contributed to three nonprofits in Oakland County, each receiving $102,000. The groups receiving the funds will be determined after Impact100 Oakland County votes in September.

Mary Pat Rosen, a Bloomfield Hills native and president of Impact100 Oakland County, was happy to see how much money the group is going to give back to the area and how much they have accomplished as a group.

Spring Fashion

The staff of Saks Fifth Avenue contributed to the event by hosting a fashion show with model showcasing looks in handpicked, designer pieces from the department store.

“Women together, changing lives, that’s what happened tonight,” Rosen says. “I couldn’t be more proud of our members.”

The event brought in new members like Chelsea Hartner, who says she joined the group because she wanted to learn from women leaders in the community.

“For my own leadership involvement, I was hoping for some type of development in terms of being able to be surrounded by strong women and learn from them and from their impact within the community,” she says. “I hope tonight’s event continues to inspire members continue to put forth their time and inspire women to get involved.”

Grant reveal

Ginny Fischbach with the seven women that revealed the grant money.

Looking ahead, Impact100 will continue to grow and spread its mission, Rosen says.

“After tonight, we will continue to grow our membership, and continue to expand all corners in Oakland County in not just membership, but nonprofits,” she says.

To learn about Impact100 of Oakland County and how you can get involved, visit impact100oaklandcounty.com.

SEEN is a media partner of Impact100

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