June 6, 2016

Pangborn collaboration for Mental Health Month a huge success

Scarves and ties draw attention to Prechter bipolar disorder research team’s advances

On May 5, the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund and the Pangborn Collection store in downtown Ann Arbor hosted a reception to celebrate and unveil Dominic Pangborn’s unique design of silk neckties and scarves for the Prechter Fund. The evening drew out many of our past supporters and lovers of art and design. We had a wonderful turnout and have posted photos of the reception to our Flickr page.

Pangborn’s tie and scarf creations were released just in time for May -- National Mental Health Month.  They bear images of neural stem cells generated in the Prechter Fund’s studies, together with the hopeful shapes of butterflies. “To me, butterflies signify metamorphosis,” says Pangborn. “Our society is finally at a point where mental illness is openly talked about and research is taking a turn for the better.”

The Pangborn Collection store at 335 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor, and the Pangborn Collection web store are still selling the special edition of scarves and ties, priced at $95.00. All proceeds will directly support bipolar research projects at the University of Michigan Depression Center.

During the month of May, the partnership with Dominic Pangborn has raised $5,207.20.

“One of my greatest joys is to ‘pay it forward’ and give back to the community,” said Dominic Pangborn. “Those who add the ties and scarves to their wardrobe will not only be fashionably accessorized, but will also be helping science move forward.”