Denver Art Museum Honors DAM Trustee Cathey McClain Finlon at Collectors’ Choice 34

The museum’s black-tie fundraiser includes cocktail hour, seated dinner and entertainment

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will celebrate Cathey McClain Finlon’s four decades of outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the Denver Art Museum at its 34th annual Collectors’ Choice fundraising gala on December 11, 2014. The elegant event is one of the museum’s largest fundraisers. This year’s funds will support the museum’s fall exhibition, Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century.

Cathey McClain Finlon. Photo by Marc Piscotty.

As one of Denver’s most visionary thinkers, Cathey McClain Finlon has brought great insight to the Denver Art Museum Board of Trustees for the past 20 years, most recently leading the charge to unite the museum’s campus with a transformative new administrative building. Cathey’s relationship with the museum started when she served as its first development director. She proceeded to build one of the top 50 advertising agencies in the country and returned as the museum’s president from 2009 to 2013 to guide a successful leadership transition.

Cathey and her husband Dick care deeply for the museum and have generously contributed to its endowment campaign. The Finlons also support the museum’s exhibitions and programs through the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and through fundraising events, which often carry Cathey’s discerning and tasteful concepts.

Cathey’s philanthropy extends beyond the museum to many community organizations where she has served on leadership boards, including Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Junior Achievement, University of Denver Daniels College of Business, Colorado Outward Bound School and American Association of Advertising Agencies. In recognition of her tremendous contributions to the Denver community and business sectors, Cathey was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and received the prestigious Leader Award from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.

With a brilliant mind for business and an energetic passion for art, Cathey’s commitment has elevated the Denver Art Museum to new heights.

Event co-chairs are Jane and Fred Hamilton and Ann and Kevin Reidy. Gala tables start at $10,000 and pairs of seats start at $2,500. Interested parties should contact Gravely Wilson at or 720-913-0034.

The Denver Art Museum is an educational, non-profit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. Denver metro citizens support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations. For museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit

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