On Saturday, December 2nd, the Hope For The Day fam gathered at WeWork Kinzie in Chicago to celebrate how awesome the year 2017 has been. More importantly, we announced our plans for Sip of Hope: the first community coffee bar where 100% of the proceeds will go towards proactive suicide prevention and mental health education.
The VIP hour kicked off at 6pm, and guests got a first look at all the raffle prizes and new merch items. Featured raffle bundles included prizes from Great Lakes Tattoo, The Joffrey Ballet, You Are Beautiful, and more. We also had our new beanies for sale (which are coming online soon) as well as HFTD x Dark Matter mug and coffee sets. Photo by Kris Cortes Photo by Kris Cortes
More guests began filling the space once general admission opened at 7pm. If you attended the event, you can find your backdrop photos that you took at the front entrance here.
We had the incredible Lauren Asta come and do live art. If you're from the Chicago area, you might have seen her murals around town. It was so cool to see her painting come to life as the night went on. One lucky raffle winner got to take home her art at the end of the event. Photo by Kris Cortes
For our main presentation, we had our intern, Gracie Fisher, share her own experiences with suicide and mental illness. Hearing her story was inspiring, and she is so strong for overcoming her challenges. Tregg Duerson also gave a speech about how mental illness has touched his life. He spoke about his father, Dave Duerson, who completed suicide while struggling with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). Starting the conversation about mental health is the first step in erasing stigma. Thank you, Gracie and Tregg, for not being afraid to shatter the silence.Photo by Sarah Beidatsch Photo by Sarah Beidatsch
We concluded the night by awarding Jesse Diaz, founder of Dark Matter Coffee, with our first Partners In Prevention Award. At Hope For The Day, we refer to companies and businesses that have agreed to silence the stigma and spread hope as our Partners In Prevention. We can't thank Jesse enough for letting us bring our message into his coffeeshops. Photo by Kaitlyn Johnston
Thank you to all of our friends, family, and guests that attended our Sip of Hope Signature Fundraiser! It was a wonderful success thanks to you. If you couldn't be there, we are still grateful for your support. Together, we raised over $38k, which will go back into proactive prevention and mental health programs.
A gallery of all the event photos can be found on our Facebook page here.
Keep on the lookout for some amazing events in 2018, such as Art Gives Me Hope and The Humboldt Mile. We hope to see you there!