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Maize and Blue Go Pink at the Somerset Collection for breast cancer research

Date Visible: 
08/06/2014 - 3:30pm

Media contact: Nicole Fawcett, 734-764-2220   |   Patients may contact Cancer AnswerLine™, 800-865-1125

Chic shopping and delectable dining Aug. 21 to support breast cancer research at the University of Michigan 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Supporting breast cancer research never felt so chic.

The University of Michigan Health System is partnering with The Forbes Company, owners of the Somerset Collection, to host a benefit supporting breast cancer research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Catherine and Nathan Forbes will roll out the pink carpet for Maize and Blue Go Pink on Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Somerset Collection in Troy.

The evening will include a fashion-focused live auction at the VIP reception followed by a progressive culinary and wine experience from favorite restaurants in Detroit and Ann Arbor. 

“We are one of the leading centers in the world in discovering and developing personalized cancer therapies,” said Daniel F. Hayes, M.D., FASCO, clinical director of the breast oncology program and Stuart B. Padnos Professor of Breast Cancer Research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. “There has never been a more exciting moment in breast cancer research, because we are on the brink of phenomenal advances. This is our time to revolutionize the way breast cancer is treated and transform groundbreaking discoveries into patient care.” 

In addition, for 21 days starting Aug. 1, the Somerset Collection’s iconic skywalk will glow pink, and banners, signage and materials will be placed throughout the mall to highlight the research taking place within the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Last year’s event raised $115,000.

“This is a fashion night out for breast cancer research and the Somerset Collection is thrilled to welcome guests for the second annual Maize and Blue Go Pink fundraising event to support the amazing work at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center,” says Nate Forbes, managing partner of the Forbes Company, which owns the Somerset Collection. “Guests will enjoy a fantastic event on Somerset South, where our international brands will be paired with international cuisine and wine, providing the perfect setting to shop for a great cause.”  

For more information about Maize and Blue Go Pink or to purchase tickets, visit Media may attend the event. RSVP to Aamira Bellamy at or 734-763-6050. 


About the Forbes Company and Somerset Collection: 

The Somerset Collection is located on the corner of Big Beaver Road and Coolidge in Troy.  A 700-foot long glass enclosed moving skywalk spans Big Beaver connecting Somerset North with Somerset South. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s, the Somerset Collection is home to more than 180 stores and restaurants. Information about center or store-specific events, as well as store hours can be found at

Based in Southfield, Mich., The Forbes Company ( is a nationally recognized owner, developer and manager of iconic regional shopping centers, recognized throughout their respective markets for their retail innovation, fashion leadership, distinctive architecture and luxury appointments. In addition to Somerset Collection, these properties include: The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; The Mall at Millenia in Orlando; and Waterside Shops in Naples, Fla.

About the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center:

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center provides its patients comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and support services in an environment that reflects our mission: the conquest of cancer through innovation and collaboration. The Breast Oncology Program consists of both laboratory and clinical investigators who work together to translate exciting ideas and observations from the laboratory to the clinic to further advance evaluation and treatment of patients at risk for or diagnosed with breast cancer. Visit or call the U-M Cancer AnswerLine™ at 800-865-1125.

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