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UT’s fifth annual Tie One On is Jan. 24

The University of Toledo is hosting the fifth annual Tie One On event on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Savage Arena.

Since 2011, Tie One On has raised more than $70,000 towards the fight against prostate cancer. All proceeds benefit UT’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center.Tie One On 2015 Logo CMYK

For $100, Rocket fans receive a ticket to the men’s basketball game vs. Bowling Green State University and a UT bow tie or scarf. Students can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $20. Tickets can be purchased online at

Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk and his staff will wear bow ties during the game in support of the cause. An online auction featuring custom, Tie One On game-worn jerseys will be available.

The event is part of a partnership between UT and BowTie Cause, a national initiative that designs bow ties for charitable efforts across the country.

“Our relationship with BowTie Cause helps us in taking our efforts to fight prostate cancer to the national stage,” said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs.

Some of the money raised during the event supports the Prostate Cancer Awareness Lecture Series. The community lectures are led by Dr. Samay Jain, assistant professor, division chief of urologic oncology and medical director of the Urology Clinic, and Dr. Ajay Singla, professor and director of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Jain has been named honorary chair for Tie One On 2015.

“This event is very important to the community. It forces conversation about a topic that many men avoid,” Jain said. “There are a lot of myths surrounding prostate cancer and the care for it, so events like this are critical in making sure that men have the right tools to take care of themselves.”

A da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system, developed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., will be on display during the event. The system allows surgeons to perform a variety of procedures in a minimally invasive manner.

“The system we have acquired is the latest iteration of the technology and is the most advanced medical robotic system on the market,” Jain said.

This year’s celebrity guest is Ernie Johnson, host of “Inside the NBA” on TNT. Johnson was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003. He also is the lead television voice for Major League Baseball on TBS, and contributes to coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Dhani Jones, founder of BowTie Cause, will also be appearing as a Tie One On celebrity guest. Jones was a linebacker in the NFL for 11 seasons, and played college football for the University of Michigan.

Morgan Stanley is the presenting sponsor of Tie One On. Other event sponsors include Kroger, Yark Automotive, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Lexus of Toledo and Treu House of Munch (Bud Light). Bow tie cutouts will be available for a minimum donation of $1 at Rocky’s Locker on UT’s campus, Yark Automotive and 24 Kroger locations across northwest Ohio. All proceeds will benefit the event.

The annual Joe Metzger Award will be presented to 2015 winners Winterfest and Hobson’s during the event. Established by UT’s Division of External Affairs, the awards honors a team or individual that shows a commitment to the characteristics that Metzger demonstrated every day.

A student organization competition also is taking place at the event. The campus organization with the highest percentage of participants will win recognition during halftime of the Tie One On game; recognition at a home football game in 2015; a banner, featuring a group photo, on display in the Student Union, and suite tickets for one home basketball game, for up to eight members of the student organization.

Last year, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity had the most student participants at the event.

“We are grateful for the support that Tie One On has received from organizations across northwest Ohio,” Burns said. “Tie One On is not only a UT event, but one that impacts and benefits the greater community.”

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