UT to attempt world record at Tie One On fundraiserWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
By Serena Ortiz, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
The University of Toledo is aiming to break the record of the most bow ties worn simultaneously at its fourth annual Tie One On event, set for 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Savage Arena during the basketball game against Bowling Green.
Tie One On was founded by Larry Burns, UT’s vice president of external affairs, as a fundraiser against cancer.
“I’ve always been a bow tie wearer,” Burns said. “Basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk and I wanted a new innovative way to raise awareness for the basketball program. We came up with the idea to sell bow ties to raise awareness about cancer.”
According to Guinness World Records, the record for the most bow ties worn simultaneously is 417 and Burns said he is expecting to exceed that number.
“It would mean a great deal to break the record,” Burns said. “It would put UT and the community on the map and in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records.’”
Participants will receive a bow tie, ticket to the UT men’s basketball game and a pre-game bow tying reception. Women can choose between a bow-tie necklace or a bow tie. Cost is $100 for adults or $20 for UT students.
More than $40,000 has been raised in the first three years of the fundraiser, according to UT’s website.
For more information on how to participate in the Tie One On event, visit www.utoledo.edu/tieoneon.