(Last Updated On: January 25, 2018)


Putting the “fun” in fundraising while bringing awareness to a cause close to many hearts, National Big Wig Day™! on the last Friday in January gives everyone an opportunity to play an important role, the role of the Big Wig.

National Big Wig Day™! is both an expression of the potential inside of all of us and an entertaining opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others. To do this, we must dust off our hidden talents and bring them forth without hesitation.  Be bold and even a little bit courageous.  Roll up your sleeves and grab a few friends because that always makes it more enjoyable and the journey more exciting.  But whatever you do, bring your Big Wig with you.  Because we all have one inside us and even Big Wigs need to have fun!

Call it what we will, CEO, director or pilot, we are the Big Wigs in our lives. National Big Wig Day™! reminds us that, regardless of title, we can make a difference and improve the lives of others through celebration.


Celebrate National Big Wig Day™! by donning your biggest, wildest wig and having a party to raise funds to donate to the American Cancer Society Look Good/Feel Better division. The key is not to give big, but to get lots of people to give a dollar.  You read that right.  On National Big Wig Day™, the fun raising part is to see if 1 million people will give $1 each. By demonstrating that even a dollar can have a big impact, National Big Wig Day™ is out to show we ALL have a BIG WIG inside of us.  Visit National Big Wig Day™ for contact and donation information.  Use #NationalBigWigDay to share on social media.

How to Give:

Through the Buy Now link on Big Ways to Support page for National Big Wig Day™. There you can also donate through Crowdrise or get 2017 National Big Wig Day™ swag from Tee-Spring. Lastly, you can also get tickets to the award party at The V Hotel Palm Springs!

Visit the National Big Wig Day™ Facebook page and follow Patricia on Twitter, too and share in all the fun raising details including the National Big Wig Day™ award party at The V Hotel Palm Springs.


In 2016, Patty Sharkey founded National Big Wig Day™! after about of post-holiday blues. After going through her fabulous collection of wigs and selecting a chocolate, raspberry curly wig and taking a selfie, she posted “Happy National Big Wig Day.”

Soon after the overwhelmingly positive post, Patty was struck with an inspiring cure for the blues and National Big Wig Day™! was born. Friends in California, New Jersey, Texas and Massachusetts hosted inaugural National Big Wig Day™! parties where 75% of the proceeds raised were donated to the Look Good/Feel Better division of the American Cancer Society in 2016.

Each year, Sharkey nominates a Big Wig who inspires the inner Big Wig in us all. Anthony Davis, the Notre Dame Killer, was named the official Big Wig of 2016.  His perseverance after a severe brain injury sidetracked his football career earned him the title of Big Wig.

The 2017 Big Wig is Jo Ann Thomas, co-founder of FANtastick Horror Film Festival for providing a venue for independent filmmakers to feature their work.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Big Wig Day™! in October of 2016.

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