Annual Fash Bash to be Held on August 16 at the Detroit Institute of Arts


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Fash Bash, hosted by the Founders Junior Council, will return to the DIA on Aug. 16.

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts

The Founders Junior Council, the young professionals’ auxiliary of the Detroit Institute of Arts, will host its signature fundraiser, Fash Bash, in the eighth year of partnership with Neiman Marcus, on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the DIA. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the FJC’s pledge of $1 million to the DIA’s endowment campaign.

Fash Bash showcases fashion and food against the grand backdrop of the DIA. The event begins with an outdoor cocktail party, followed by the Neiman Marcus’ “Art of Fashion” runway show in the museum’s Great Hall and Rivera Court, and concludes with drinks and dancing at The Lincoln Motor Company Afterglow, sponsored for the fourth year by Lincoln. 

“Each year we aim to present an unmatched celebration of fashion, art and, culture to the city of Detroit and this year is no different,” said Ron Victor, president of FJC. “Detroit continues to be one of the international art and design community’s most buzzworthy destinations. We are proud to further our city’s reputation with an evening of sophistication and style featuring global fashion influencer and designer Ken Downing.”

Fash Bash 2018 chairpersons are Cristine and David Colman, Andrea and Christopher Provenzano, Mohammad and Farhat Qazi, Nedda Shayota, and Nathaniel Wallace.

“We are so grateful and appreciative of our board of directors, co-chairs, honorary chairs, and sponsors,” says Victor. “We truly could not throw an event of this caliber without the support from these partners and look forward to continued collaboration as we elevate this event year after year.” 

Honorary chairs are Dr. Jonathan and Judy Anderson, Mary and Bill Burdett, Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg, Carolynn and Aaron Frankel, Jennifer and Chris Granger, Rebecca and Jake Grove, Christine and David Provost, Tiffany and Tony Saunders, and Richard Sonenklar and Gregory Haynes. 

In addition to FJC, Neiman Marcus, and The Lincoln Motor Company, Fash Bash sponsors include Ciena Healthcare, Ann and Jim Nicolson, Carhartt, Cambridge Consulting Group, Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg, Holly Construction, LIFEWTR, Dr. Jonathan and Judy Anderson, Bank of Ann Arbor, Brass Jar Music, BSD Capital/Jackier Gould, Burns and Wilcox Gallagher, Jennifer and Chris Granger, Howard and Howard Attorneys, Hunt Mortgage / Lutz Financial Services, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, Judy Frankel Antiques, Lumberg Freeman Gleeson Hicks & Khalil, Andrea and Christopher F. Provenzano, Christine and David Provost, ROCO Real Estate, Tiffany and Tony Saunders, Anthony Soave, Richard Sonenklar and Gregory Haynes, Peter Ghafari, Renovation Specialists, Ruttenberg Gordon Investments, and Ashley and William Slatkin.

In-kind supporters include Blue Racer Productions, Event Theory, Figo, Fleur Detroit, Forte Belanger, GTB, Lyft, SEEN Media, and Visionary Sound.

Beginning in 1970, the FJC and the DIA presented Fash Bash as an annual fundraiser for the museum. For more than over 50 years, FJC has brought together young professionals with a shared interest in promoting the arts and has been credited with encouraging lifelong participation with the museum. 

The Detroit Institute of Arts 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 individually and with each other.

For more information about Fash Bash and to purchase tickets, visit www.dia.org/fashbash2018 or call 313-833-4005.

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