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’ouevres, 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.”