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Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council announces $250,000 Gift to Museum’s 125th Anniversary Capital Campaign - Friends and FJC donors to be recognized at March 29 reception

Thursday, March 22, 2012

(Detroit)—Founders Junior Council (FJC), a young professionals auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), has announced a $250,000 donation to the museum’s 125th Anniversary Capital Campaign. Friends and FJC donors who helped make this gift possible will be recognized at a cocktail reception at the DIA on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m.

FJC has granted more than $2 million to the DIA since its inception more than 30 years ago, and this is one of its largest single gifts to the museum. The money will support general operating costs, programming and the Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection, which is the most important theatrical puppet collection in the United States. A plaque recognizing the donation has been installed at the museum’s puppet display case.

“FJC has been exceptional in providing much needed operating support for the museum,” said Annmarie Erickson, DIA executive vice president and COO. “We deeply appreciate this significant gift from the next generation of DIA supporters and we look forward to honoring them on March 29.”

The March 29 reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a short recognition program. Media are invited to cover the event, which is not open to the public.

“The FJC has always worked to support the DIA in any way possible, from bringing new visitors through the door to supporting the programming and operations of the museum,” said Chris Trebilcock, FJC president. “Over the past several years, we have made it a goal to be able to make a sizeable gift to the museum and it is wonderful to see this goal become reality.”

About 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, all 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 at the DIA. For more information on FJC, please visit

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is 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. The DIA’S mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art. Programs are made possible in part with support from the City of Detroit.

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