On May 9, 1989, D’Estee, Inc. was established by the Chicago Alumnae Chapter as a not-for-profit organization, 501 (c) 3. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Chicago Alumnae chapter has continued to provide public service to the community since 1959. The business affairs of D’Estee, Inc. are managed by a Board of Directors who are members of Chicago Alumnae. Presently, there are 24 members. Elected officers are president, vice president, financial secretary, recording secretary, and treasurer.
The Board of Directors of D’Estee, Inc. endeavors to maintain and sustain a public service focus, manage the fiscal affairs of D’Estee, Inc., and interact with multiple facets of the community at micro and macro levels. There current focus is to save our young females (age 11-14) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures.
The Marian Huffman Room
In October 18, 1995, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. – Chicago Alumnae chapter unanimously decided to name the 4525 South King Drive portion of the D’Estee Building, The Marian Huffman Room. This honor was in appreciation of Soror Huffman’s extraordinary contributions to acquiring the property now known as the D’Estee building.
Burn The Mortgage Campaign
On November 15, 1996, Burn the Mortgage Campaign kicked off. On January 20, 1999, 26 months later, the final dollars were collected at Founders Day 1999 to Burn The Mortgage.