There are so many amazing people, businesses, and organizations that are doing some wonderful things in the community, unfortunately they may not all get the attention, support, and funding that they need to reach their goals! So what are these goodnatured individuals to do? Well, in the words of Jay-Z, "Allow us to re-introduce ourselves..." After a year long hiatus due to The Rona, (DE-FI) Gives Back has returned and we're bringing our signature experience, Fashion, Mission, Mingle along with us.
We can't believe it's been 8 whole years since we officially launched! In this time (DE-FI) has transformed in so many wonderful ways, we've grown, we've downsized, we've expanded, we've had ups, we've had downs, we've checked off goal after goal...yes, some goals were easier to accomplish, while others were like pulling teeth to obtain, and some we are still working towards. Yet through all of these amazing transitions, there has always been one constant in our work...our commitment to the Dayton area and our community outreach!
During our July 13th, 2013 Fashion in the Mystic Garden Launch Party at Sunwatch Indian Village, we supported the Circle of Vision Keepers Re-Entry and Recovery Program as well as holding a bone marrow drive for the Be The Match Program; that set the tone for 8 years of community outreach and engagement. From Habitat for Humanity builds, to creating community gardens, and so much more, the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC has fed, clothed, sheltered, and helped raise over $15,000 for local organizations, and we are just getting started! We are celebrating our 8th anniversary all year long as only (DE-FI) can do it! We are supporting 12, yes 12 different local grass roots organizations and our anniversary is just the kickoff for our monthly engagements with each of the selected outreach initiatives.
So, what exactly is Fashion, Mission, Mingle and how does it work? Well, we're glad you asked, we first introduced Fashion, Mission, Mingle in July 2019 as a part of our 6th anniversary celebration. We merged entrepreneurship, fashion, networking, small business support, shared experiences, encouragement, and giving back into one amazing community celebration held at the Dayton Peace Museum in support of So Loved's Tornado Relief Efforts.
This year's Fashion, Mission, Mingle will bring this exact same energy on Saturday, July 31st, 2021 for the following organizations:
More initiatives are being confirmed daily so be sure to check back frequently as additional details will be added daily. Tickets for Fashion, Mission, Mingle's July 31st Launch Party range from $12 to $99 for an all-inclusive experience. Attendees can expect to participate in an immersive and engaging fashion based outreach experience that includes a Collabetive Collabetation, Brain Dayton, mini-charcuterie board party, a fashion show, silent disco, networking, inspirational speakers Zontaye Richardson, Author and Owner of TheZe DealZ A Thrifty Boutique and, giving, and Miracle Oladele, Author, Mentor, Motivational Speaker, and Founder of My Beauty is Priceless and the Sons of Solomon Youth Empowerment Program so much more!
Tickets are on sale now and a list of needed donations for each organization will be listed and updated frequently. Donations can be dropped of at the House of (DE-FI)ance: A Fashion & Design Coworking Experience, located inside of the Dayton Mall during the following days and times:
Check back soon for a full list of needed donations and support. This is just the start, get ready for our Fashion Night Out during A Weekend of (DE-FI)ance September 17th-19th, 2021.
Tickets for Fashion, Mission, Mingle's July 31st Launch Party range from $12 to $99 for an all-inclusive experience. Depending on which ticket you purchase either 12% or $12 of each ticket will go to the participating outreach initiative of your choice.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 31st, 2021! The Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC will be celebrating our 8th Anniversary!! Are you ready to answer the call of 12 local grassroots organizations who are doing amazing work in our community?