It's easy to get self-absorbed when it comes to fashion — after all, for many, the industry is all about the clothes we put on our own bodies, however, the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC has been committed to playing an active and vital role in the revitalization, continuous growth and development of the Dayton and Miami Valley areas with a focus on serving the under-served communities since its launch in 2013. Whether it be addressing hunger, poverty, addiction, self worth, education and more Community Outreach and giving back is always in style with (DE-FI).
Our staff and models are required to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours a year in their respective communities in order to participate in any (DE-FI). Our anniversary celebration always focuses on Community Outreach.
Organizations that we've supported over the years include:
Be The Match :During our Launch Party in 2013 we held our first Bone Marrow Drive for the Be The Match Program, 9 attendees registered to save the lives of others including (DE-FI) Owner/Director Caressa L. Brown in support of her uncle Dennis Robinson who was battling MDS at the time. We held our second Bone Marrow Drive as a part of our Anniversary Celebration in 2015 in honor of her uncle who had lost his battle on Christmas Eve of 2014.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society :If 2013 (DE-FI) Owner/Director Caressa L. Brown was nominated for the Dayton area's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Woman of the Year and using (DE-FI)'s platform, she raised $10,000 via (DE-FI) Cancer: Fashion For A Cure and (DE-FI) Cancer: Martini's For A Cure in support of her Uncle Dennis Robinson who was battling MDS at the time.
Habitat For Humanity : As a part of our 1 year Anniversary Celebration, we participated in a Habitat for Humanity Build in partnership with the Circle of Vision Keeper's Re-entry and Recovery Program.
The Walk to End Lupus : In 2015 and 2016 We sponsored Team Iris a (DE-FI) Model who had recently been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease as well as participated in the Lupus Walk that was held in Columbus.
The Dayton Region S.T.E.M. School Fashion Fusion: We helped prepare the students for a Fashion Show that was a part of their Fashion and Technology curriculum.
Catholic Social Services Refugee Resettlement: In 2017, as a part of our 5th year anniversary we collect donation for in support of their Refugee Resettlement initiative.
And when member of our family fall on hard times we band together to find ways to support one another.
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We have partnered with Dayton Public Schools,specifically Ponitz Culinary/Food Service Operations for the past 2 years who prepare and serve the food for A Taste of (DE-FI)ance.
Since 2014, we have partnered with the Dayton Early College Academy to provide internship opportunities for their students.
We have been honored to have been invited to produce the University of Dayton's International Student Festival's Annual Fashion Show every year since 2012.
Over the years we've worked with several groups of student from DECA as a part of their required curriculum and internship. From learning how to sew, how to record and produce shows with DATV, and the business end of fashion; these bright stars were immersed in the full fashion experience!
One of our very first community outreach intitatives was participating in a Habitat for Humanity Build!
On Saturday July 11, 2015, we celebrated our 2 Year Anniversary by giving back to the community with the 2nd Annual (DE-FI) Gives Back. We partnered with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Police Athletic League (PAL), The Circle of Vision Keepers Re-Entry and Recovery Program, and the Corner Stone Project to #FillTheSquadCar with school supplies, non-perishable food items, toiletries, and gently used school uniforms and other clothing items that were donated to our official non-profit the Circle of Vision Keepers Re-Entry and Recovery Program! Sheriff Phil Plummer also donated a plot of land for us to plant a Community Peace Garden We also staged people at Marathon Gas Stations, Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar and Weekend Ribs giving for #RandomActsOfKindness and gift card distributions giving visitors to those businesses received $25 Gas Cards, free coffee, and free meals. Last but certainly not least our #GlamSquad at Creative Images gave a full salon experience to participants from the Circle of Vision keepers Re-Entry and Recovery programs Sober Housing to help them get ready to re-enter the workforce!
On Nov.22, 2013, the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC partnered with the Circle of Vision Keepers, Two Trees, Beaute Box, Designers Misti Leigh, Sonya Mills, Brenda Marone, the Corner Stone Project, the MunDay Program, the Payne Recreation Center, the City of Kettering, the City of Moraine, Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, and Judge Walter Rice to present a Time to Be Thankful. Together we fed over 180 people regardless of their ability to pay and everyone walked away with hats, gloves, and toys for the Holiday Season. Over 100 families also received food baskets!!
(DE-FI)'s Owner/Director Caressa Brown has been nominated for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2013 Woman of The Year for the Dayton area! Check out some of the pictures from our Martini Tasting Fundraiser held at Winans Dayton on May 1, 2013!! Sponsored by Ben Czajka of Winan's Chololate for Hosting this event! 100% of the proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society benefitting Caressa's Campaign!!
(DE-FI) has been a proud supporter and sponsor of the My Beauty is Priceless and Sons of Solomon Youth Empowerment Seminars which is Owner and Directed by Author and Mentor Miracle Oladele. The Mission of these youth centered seminars and workshops is to equip teen boys and girls with the knowledge that real beauty is within. During these seminars they were taught etiquette, health and wellness, spirituality, education, and work ethics and were introduced to careers in fashion, photography, investing, and topics of conversation included Bridging the gap in community policing
he Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC was a proud supporter for #TeamIris. 13 year old Iris Booher is bravely fighting this mysterious disease which has forced her to be home schooled. #TeamIris was one of the leading fundraising teams this year and Iris even was the recipient of prizes for her fundraising efforts!! During our Stylish Mom's Runway Show Iris' Mom Brandi shared with the audience the difficulties that she faces being the care giver of a chronically ill child, Lupus has attacked Iris Kidneys and heart. Iris was also was one of our models during the (DE-FI) Cancer: Fashion For A Cure in 2013. For more information on how you can get more information on Lupus or contribute towards research please visit www.lupus.org/ohio.