A Date with Dignity

Date nights are fun.

You look great and are glowing with confidence as the evening quickly becomes filled with laughter and smiles. It’s an evening of being doted, a reminder of why you are truly spectacular. A Date with Dignity was no exception. I had been looking forward to this event since I first heard about it. What better way to truly experience the D4D community than to be surrounded by a hundred people who passionately believe in D4D’s mission? Members of the Associate Board, Executive Board, and Corporate Sponsors filled Chicago Roof Deck + Garden as they munched on tacos, played cornhole and giant Jenga, and enjoyed the summer night.

A Date with Dignity is one of D4D’s annual fundraisers, planned & hosted by the Associate Board. A silent auction and raffle served as a means for party-goers to give back, raising over $13,000 by the end of the night! Prizes ranged from a bicycle to a vacation, and everyone was eager to take their chance at winning. Every time I walked past the table of prizes, I’d eye which one I would want to place my bets on winning.

As I meandered through the space, I couldn’t help but smile. I was far enough into my summer internship that I recognized many familiar faces, but around every corner was someone new to meet. I had already met so many incredible people, and I just kept meeting more as the evening progressed. The D4D community is constantly expanding, drawing in designers and volunteers from every corner of Chicago through collaborative impactful work. To be a part of that community is indescribable. The dating world can be hard to navigate, but A Date with Dignity made it evident that D4D has it’s own very successful matching system in place.

Erin Socha