2020 DIA Gala

Unprecedented Times call for Extraordinary Friends!

The DIA Gala, the museum's largest fundraising event of the year, is being reimagined. The DIA is still here for its patrons, donors, and community. With your help, we can continue being a world-class arts institution even through these difficult times. A gift to our Extraordinary Friends Initiative will support the museum’s Sustainability Fund (unrestricted funding that supports operations, exhibitions, programming, community outreach and staff) and ensure vital funds for operations are secured.

Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage” and today that remains truer than ever. In these unprecedented times, we are constantly exploring ways to engage with our community to ensure that we remain an institution committed to growth and education. We are also encouraged by your unwavering support and look forward to celebrating with you in 2021. ­­

Join us this year as we shift away from our traditional in-person Gala to support the DIA’s Sustainability Fund. Your vital support will allow us to deliver critical educational programs and remain one of the top arts institutions in the world.

Extraordinary Friends Advisory Council

  • Catherine Forbes
  • Christine Giampetroni
  • Jennifer Granger
  • Jennifer Hermelin
  • Lisa Pernick
  • Vivian Pickard
  • Fair Radom
  • Connie Ross
  • Julie Rothstein
  • Janis Wetsman

Friends of the Advisory Council

  • Jenny Chope
  • Maureen D'Avanzo
  • Charles Dunlap
  • Nicole Eisenberg
  • Cynthia Ford
  • Diana Golden
  • Patsy Gotfredson
  • Elise Hayes
  • Bonnie Larson
  • Alicia Masse
  • Sarah S. Ollison
  • Linda Orlans
  • Jenny Parke
  • Barbara Quilty
  • Anita Rajpal
  • Lorna Thomas
  • Molly Valade

Extraordinary Friends Sponsors

  • Judith Frankel
  • TCF Bank
  • DTE Energy Foundation
  • The Eisenberg Family
  • Cynthia & Edsel B. Ford II
  • Jennifer & Dan Gilbert
  • Honigman LLP
  • Richard & Jane Manoogian Foundation
  • Martie & Bob Sachs

Extraordinary Friends

  • Adele & Michael Acheson
  • Ed & Gretchen Adler
  • Mona & Richard Alonzo
  • Applebaum Family Philanthropy: Marcia Applebaum, Lisa Applebaum and Pamela Applebaum
  • Mindy & James Aronovitz
  • Joanne & Danny Aronovitz
  • Darrene & William Baer
  • David Balle
  • Lisa & Sandy Baruah
  • Tina & Leland Bassett
  • Ann E. Berman
  • Marcia & Jim Bonahoom
  • Sheri & Jonathan Boos
  • Julie & Eric Borman
  • Joanne & Richard Brodie
  • Catharine & Kevin Broderick
  • Jana Kirlin Brownell & Stephen Brownell
  • Lindsey & Tom Buhl
  • Jane & Bruce Burton
  • Gayle & Andrew Camden
  • Emily Camiener & Marc A. Schwartz
  • Maura & Duncan Campbell
  • Dorothy A. Cartwright
  • Jennifer & William Chope
  • Karen Chopra
  • Melanca Clark & Moddie Turay
  • The Honorable and Mrs. Avern L. Cohn
  • Nancy & John Colina
  • Maureen E. Conner
  • James & Joslin Crowe 
  • Carol L. Curtis
  • Joanne Danto & Arnold Weingarden
  • Jerry & Maureen D'Avanzo
  • Barbara & Thomas Denomme
  • Andrea & Bart Dickson
  • Marla L. Donovan
  • Linda Dresner Levy & Edward C. Levy, Jr.
  • Maggie Durant & Jeff Sturges
  • Alice & Murray Ehrinpreis
  • Lauri Ellias & Jim Murphy
  • Dexter Fields, M.D.
  • Ambassador and Mrs. David T. Fischer
  • Barbara & Alfred J. Fisher III
  • Beth & Michael Fisher
  • Brooke & Al Fisher
  • Lauren & Greg Fisher
  • Mrs. Walter W. Fisher
  • Barbara Fleischman
  • Martha J. Fleischman
  • Elyse & David Foltyn
  • Catherine & Nathan Forbes
  • Emily & Henry Ford
  • Barbara Frankel & Ronald Michalak
  • Lynn & Bharat Gandhi
  • Stephanie Germack-Kerzic
  • Mary Anne & Gene Gargaro
  • Christine & John Giampetroni
  • Annie Gordon Thomas
  • Diana & Theodore Golden
  • Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin
  • Patsy & Ed Gotfredson
  • Jennifer & Chris Granger
  • Stephen Greenwald
  • Elizabeth & Thomas Griffith
  • Elizabeth H. Griffith
  • Susan Luch & Thomas Guastello
  • Amy & Mark Haimann
  • Elise & Stewart Hayes
  • Doreen Hermelin
  • Jennifer & Brian Hermelin
  • Lucia & Raymond Henney
  • Nina K. Holden
  • Gordon L. Hollander
  • Gilbert Hudson
  • Mary Hughes
  • Gabriella & James Jacobs
  • Story & Bill John
  • Linda & Mark Johnson
  • Corrine Kert
  • Christine Klein
  • Stacy and Ron Klein
  • Susan & Kenneth Kirchner
  • Alene Landau
  • Bonnie Ann Larson
  • Arlene & John Lewis
  • The Myron P. Leven Foundation
  • Kathleen & Arthur Luz
  • Jo Ann & Thomas Maentz
  • Mark Manardo
  • Don Manvel
  • Richard & Jane Manoogian Foundation
  • Annie & Bruce Margulis
  • Lisa & Mark Mason
  • Mary Massaron
  • Alicia Masse & Michael Wolf
  • Dianne & Christopher May
  • Branka & Daniel Megler
  • MGM Grand Detroit
  • Michelle & Fred Minturn
  • Ali Moiin & Bill Kupsky
  • Christopher McArthur
  • Beth & Joe Moran
  • Julie & Jeffrey Morganroth
  • Nora Moroun
  • Hannah & Gordon Moss
  • Cynthia & Peter Motzenbecker 
  • Joy & Allan Nachman
  • MaryClare & Paul Olson
  • Linda Orlans & Gerald Padilla
  • Sally & Graham Orley
  • Elizabeth & John Ottaway
  • Joe & Jenny Parke
  • Lisa Pernick & Bruce Israel
  • C. Kenneth & Claire Perry
  • Vivian R. Pickard
  • Jennifer Poteat & Michael Staebler
  • Glenda Price
  • Kirk A. Profit
  • Fair Radom & Bruce Milnes
  • Anita & Swarn Rajpal
  • Betty & Larry Roberts
  • Matthew Roling
  • Sharon Rose
  • Bruce H. Rosen & Rosalie N. Rosen Family Foundation
  • Deborah & Steve Rosenthal
  • Constance & Martin Ross
  • Julie & Adam Rothstein
  • Karen & Todd Sachse
  • Janet & Donald Schenk
  • Richard Sonenklar & Gregory Haynes
  • Ann & Thomas Stallkamp
  • Bluma Schechter
  • Walter G. Schwartz Family Foundation
  • Theresa & Anthony Selvaggio
  • Michelle & Scott Segal
  • Suzanne Shank & Sean Werdlow
  • Wendy Silverman & Mitch Master
  • Mona & Matthew Simoncini
  • Jennifer Poteat & Michael Staebler
  • Christine & Glenn Sitek
  • Kathleen Straus & Walter Shapero
  • Henry Sprague
  • Melissa & Don Stebbins
  • Grace & Daniel Steele
  • Karol & Peter Swenson
  • Ronald F. Switzer & Jim F. McClure
  • Gary Sworek
  • Lorna Thomas, M.D.
  • Deborah W. Thompson
  • Jill & Ronald Teachworth
  • Carole C. Tibbitts
  • The Honorable Buzz Thomas & Daniel Vander Ley
  • UBS Financial Services, Inc. 
  • Joanne & Scott Ulnick
  • Molly & Mark Valade
  • Amanda Van Dusen & Curtis Blessing
  • Janet & Gary Van Elslander
  • Carol & Peter Walters
  • Roslyn D. Walton
  • Janet A. Weber
  • Janis & Bill Wetsman
  • Mary Wilson
  • Cathy C. Wood
  • Christine & Reese Zantop
  • Carol Ziecik

Please click here for additional Extraordinary Friends supporters.

Questions? Email Laura Orme at lorme@dia.org or call 313-578-6948.