Chicago office buildings and pink go hand in hand


MB Real Estate is helping to spread breast cancer awareness in Chicago one hand at a time. Throughout October, MBRE will have pink hand towels in every restroom at several of its downtown office properties in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. MB Real Estate has teamed up with Think Pink Paper to make a donation for each case of pink hand towels ordered with proceeds going to organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and The American Cancer Society.

Between the participating eight buildings, this campaign is expected to reach more than 12,500 people each day. The MB Real Estate-managed properties that are participating include Citigroup Center/Ogilvie Transportation Center (500 West Madison); Michigan Plaza (205/225 North Michigan); 200/230 West Monroe; The LaSalle Wacker (221 North LaSalle); 55 West Wacker and 205 West Wacker.

“It’s our unique way of showing our support for the millions of breast cancer survivors in the country, as well as sharing the memories of those who lost their battle with this insidious disease,” said Kevin Purcell, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Asset Management for MB Real Estate.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2011, more than 230,000 women have been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and nearly 40,000 have died from this disease. Currently, there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

The pink hand towels are just one of many initiatives that MB Real Estate has implemented to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The company’s employees have been donating $5 for Lee National Denim Day on Friday, October 7, 2011 to be able to wear jeans to work to show solidarity in support of breast cancer awareness. Since 2004, MB Real Estate has been one of many companies across the country that has helped raise millions of dollars for the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

MB Real Estate manages more than 12.5 million square feet of property in the Chicago area, including Millennium Park, The Richard J. Daley Center and 181 West Madison. The company was recently selected as the property manager for the new 440,000 square foot North American headquarters in Glenview, Illinois for Japanese pharmaceutical giant Astellas.

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