When Sommers Schwartz shareholder Mary Pat Rosen isn’t working tirelessly for her clients, she’s working equally as tirelessly in her community to support worthy causes – including the fight against COVID-19.
FLAG Metro Detroit
The COVID-19 pandemic is shining a light on the brave doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who risk their safety every day to care for and treat patients. The need to support these heroes was the impetus for Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG).
Started in New Jersey, FLAG’s purpose consists of two outreach efforts intended to lift spirits throughout the community. First, all money raised is used to purchase meals from local restaurants, helping those businesses stay open. Second, the meals are then delivered to frontline healthcare providers as a gesture of gratitude for the vital work they do.
Inspired by her niece (a frontline nurse in New York City), Mary Pat became an early volunteer with FLAG Metro Detroit after some close friends launched it on March 24, 2020. In the first two weeks alone, the group raised more than $100,000 and attracted some 22,000 Facebook followers. Since then, they formed a 501(3)(c) nonprofit and continues to receive tax-deductible donations – $265,000 to date – that have enabled them to partner with 50 restaurants to deliver 27,000 meals to 40 area hospitals in Oakland County, Wayne County, and Ann Arbor. No money from donations is used for salaries or operating costs.
Impact100 Oakland County
Wendy Steele founded Impact100 in 2001 with a goal of collective philanthropy among women through individual chapters. Each chapter must have at least 100 women members who each donate $1,000 annually, creating a pool of $100,000 awarded to a local nonprofit. The more women who join a particular chapter, the more grants it can give.
Mary Pat is a founding board member and immediate past president of Impact 100 Oakland County. Since establishing the chapter in 2016, she and her fellow members have awarded nine grants totaling $877,000. On May 14th, they will reveal the funds available to local nonprofits in 2020 and begin the process of reviewing grant proposals.
Recently, Mary Pat helped organize the Impact100 Oakland County’s International Women’s Day gala, sponsored by SEEN Magazine and featuring Wendy Steele as the keynote speaker.