In 2016, Patty Sharkey founded National Big Wig Day™! after a bout 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 the 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.