What better way to celebrate Giving Tuesday than by hosting an event to thank all of those who have supported us in some way? On December 1st we hosted our annual Key Supporters event in the form of a breakfast and networking opportunity. Each year we host a Key Supporters Breakfast to mark the anniversary of the date we first received keys to the South Baltimore Rec Center to begin converting the space into the DHF Tech Center. The purpose of this event is to express gratitude and appreciation to all the people and organizations who have helped to support our mission over the last year and it is always a heartwarming opportunity to take pause and reflect on the work we have done and what we have all accomplished together over the last year.
This year, one of the things we asked attendees to participate in as part of this event was a discussion about ways that we can continue to serve our community from their point of view. We also asked them to contribute advice, suggestions, and thoughts on how to move this work into part of a national conversation. We received a lot of great ideas and actionable requests as part of this discussion and it was a meaningful opportunity to hear what our key supporters are looking for as we move forward into our 4th year of operations.
Each year, we issue a thank you note to each of our supporters in addition to a keepsake keychain that someone on staff has made. In past years, this was a simple 3D printed anchor logo keychain and a more complicated 3D printed key. This year, our staff worked to create these awesome lasercut and laser engraved keychains representing ‘3D Danny’ – a character created by our Community Manager, Melissa Huch, that has been used on much of our program branding this year. We were all really pleased with how these small tokens of appreciation turned out and were excited to give them to our community members!
We’d like to extend another giant THANK YOU to our 2015 Key Supporters for their guidance, collaboration, time, resources, and overall support!