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.