It was a big night for the University of Toledo Wednesday as the men's basketball pulled out another victory before a well-dressed, record-setting crowd.
The university's Tie One On event drew over 6,000 people to Savage Arena for the Mid-American Conference rivalry match-up between the Rockets and Falcons. More than 500 people donned bow ties for the fundraiser which brought in an estimated $30,000 for cancer care, awareness and outreach through the Dana Cancer Center.
According to UT, an unofficial count of 517 people wore bow ties or bow tie necklaces, enough to top an existing Guinness World Record of 417 bow ties tied simultaneously.
â??Dedicated Rocket fans and Tie One On supporters didnâ??t let a winter storm stop them from supporting a great cause,â?? said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs and Tie One On founder. â??We couldn't be happier with the turnout, especially the large number of students who came out this year for a fun night of fashion and basketball that raises awareness about cancer care and research.â??
Fans received bow ties or bow tie necklaces with a $100 donation ($20 for students). The donation also included tickets to the game and access to a pre-game reception. In addition to the $30,000 raised Wednesday, UT says they have also brought in another $40,000 through previous Tie One On fundraisers.
The university is in the process of submitting the required evidence for Guinness World Records to verify the title. The detailed process includes submitting witness statements, video footage, photographs and several world record attempt official forms.
The current Guinness World Record is held by Dimension Data Network Services and was obtained in the United Kingdom on Nov. 23, 2012.