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Thursday, May 26, 2011

(Detroit)—Founders Junior Council (FJC), a young professionals auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), announced today its partnership with Neiman Marcus to present Fash Bash®, on Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the DIA.

Fash Bash® will take place at the museum for the first time in its 35-year history bringing a sense of downtown chic to the event.  Guests will be treated to a one-of-a-kind evening of fashion, food, and frivolity on the steps on the DIA celebrating summer nights and city lights. Additional details will be forthcoming.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present Fash Bash® once again and to be able to host it for the first time ever at the museum,” stated Nicole Wagner, FJC president. “The FJC is grateful to our partners at Neiman Marcus for making this evening possible and for helping us continue to support one of Detroit’s world-class cultural institutions, the Detroit Institute of Arts.”

“Given the long standing relationship shared by Neiman Marcus and the DIA, it was our honor to be able to partner with the FJC again this year to host Fash Bash®.  The DIA is one of the most treasured cultural institutions in our city and what better way to celebrate the DIA than to host Fash Bash® at the museum, commemorating art and fashion on the steps of the DIA.” stated Renee Janovsky, Vice President and General Manager, Neiman Marcus.

Tickets will be available soon online at  Proceeds will help the DIA continue to provide the community with imaginative, high-quality programs and exhibitions designed to engage visitors of all ages.

Fash Bash® chairpersons are Lindsay Huddleston and Lauren Rakolta.

About Fash Bash
Beginning in 1970, the FJC and the DIA presented Fash Bash® as an annual fundraiser for the museum.  It quickly became one of Detroit’s most popular and successful fundraisers, drawing a much sought after “who’s who” crowd from metro Detroit to enjoy an evening of fashion.

About the FJC
For more than three decades, FJC has been committed to inspiring new generations of art lovers to show their support for the DIA, one of North America's leading art museums. By bringing together young professionals with a shared interest in promoting the arts, FJC has been credited with hosting some of Detroit’s premier social events while encouraging lifelong participation with the museum. For more information on FJC, please visit


The Detroit Institute of Arts, located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is one of the premier art museums in the United States and home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932-33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

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