Maize and Blue Go Pink to support breast cancer

Published On: Oct 16 2013 02:47:25 PM EDT

The University of Michigan Health System is partnering with The Forbes Company, owners of the Somerset Collection, to host a benefit that will support breast cancer research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Maize and Blue Go Pink – hosted by Catherine and Nathan Forbes and Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, University of Michigan Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and U-M Health System CEO – will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit.

Local 4's own Evrod Cassimy and Ashlee Baracy will take to the runway to strut their stuff for the cause.

The evening, emceed by former NFL and Wolverine standout Steven Hutchinson and his wife, Landyn, will feature a strolling dinner provided by favorite restaurants from Detroit and Ann Arbor. A fashion show will feature U-M and Detroit personalities walking the runway to model fall fashions, sponsored by the Somerset Collection. And after the University of Michigan Alumni Marching Band kicks things off, Motown’s own Contours will take over with a live concert featuring Joe Billingslea and the original Vandellas.

"There has never been a more exciting, promising moment in breast cancer research than right now, and we at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are right in the middle of it,” 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. “We are one of the leading centers in the world in discovering and developing personalized cancer therapies."

In addition, starting Oct. 1, the Somerset Collection’s North Grand Court will be draped with pink fabric to frame a runway with 25 exquisite pink, maize and blue fashion items for a month-long silent auction that will also benefit U-M’s breast cancer research. A docent will be available to accept bids throughout October.

"Maize and Blue Go Pink illustrates everything we do at Somerset Collection because it supports both our community and our retail partners," said Nate Forbes, managing partner of the Forbes Company, which owns the Somerset Collection. "The runway in the North Grand Court will highlight some remarkable items from our stores and we’re glad we have an opportunity to support breast cancer efforts to help find a cure."

For more information about Maize and Blue Go Pink, or to purchase tickets for the event, visit


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