Chicago, IL — June 10, 2022 — Henricksen, in honor of PRIDE month, celebrates its 17th consecutive year as a supporter and sponsor of DIFFA Chicago, as well as a Gold Sponsor of this year’s MASQ Gala. Henricksen’s own Mark Dalton has been a member of DIFFA since its inception in 1984, has served on the board for six years, and recently received the Hero Award for his dedication to the organization. In recent days, Mark said, “This organization served as a rallying cry for the industry for several decades. It was the only group dedicated to transforming the health of our most vulnerable industry friends and colleagues.”
A not-for-profit foundation, DIFFA Chicago (The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) raises HIV/AIDS awareness through annual design events, digital outreach, fundraising, and local partnerships. While other foundations raise funds for HIV/AIDS research, DIFFA Chicago is one of the few HIV/AIDS organizations that grants unrestricted funds to HIV/AIDS service agencies in our community, providing for flexible spending in direct care and education programs. This enables DIFFA Chicago to provide housing, utilities, transportation, employment, and care links.
DIFFA’s supporters now come from every field associated with fine design, including the fashion industry, interior design, furnishings, and architecture. In addition, DIFFA has been an innovative agent in involving local and national corporations in the fight against the epidemic and has the support of the business community.
Henricksen has made over a quarter million dollars in contributions to the Chicago chapter since the organization’s founding.
DIFFA Chicago annually hosts three major fundraisers – including Art For Life Chicago, Lip Sync For Life, and this year’s MASQ Gala, hosted the Saturday before NEOCON.
Learn more about how DIFFA Chicago champions the fight to end HIV/AIDS through awareness, prevention, and the pursuit of a cure. diffachicago.org