Twenty-Seventh (27th) Annual Tie-One-On Luncheon was Held april 27th, 2018
The Breakfast Group held its Twenty-Seventh (27th) Annual “Tie-One-On” Luncheon on Friday, April 27th, 2018 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s Spanish Ball Room. The event was co-sponsored by Turner Construction Company and the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. This luncheon continues to serve as a “rite of passage” for approximately 85 young men who successfully complete the Project M.I.S.T.E.R.™ Program or are selected by school staff for participation.
Project M.I.S.T.E.R.™ is a dynamic program that addresses the needs of teenage fathers and high-risk young men of high school age. The program works with the Seattle Public Schools to increase the number of teen males returning to and/or remaining in school. It also has a marked effect on reducing the incidents of abuse among high-risk teen parents, enhancing self-esteem, life skills, and assisting in the prevention of teen pregnancy. The core programs are based at Garfield, Cleveland, Rainier Beach, and Franklin High Schools. In recent years, young men from similar programs at Seattle Urban Academy and several other Seattle area schools have been included in the program.
" For our 2018 Tie-One-On event we have an exciting special program agenda.
We will complete our 40th Year Anniversary celebration and will announce new initiatives for the coming year ."
Amani Harris, Breakfast Group President
The 27th annual Event
Our 2018 Keynote Speakers were our Project M.I.S.T.E.R. Students. Among our special guests expected to be in attendance were: Governor Jay Inslee (Washington State), Mayor Jenny Durkan (City of Seattle), Dow Constantine (King County Executive), Larry Gossett (King County Council Member), Bruce Harrell (Seattle City Council), additional Elected Officials (State, County and City), and Seattle Seahawks representatives, and other local politicians, business leaders, celebrities and dignitaries.
The purpose of the luncheon is to honor the students by pairing each one with a member of the business or professional community, who act as the student’s host for lunch. During the luncheon students and mentors exchange business cards and encourage future contact and assistance with employment opportunities or future education plans. Each student receives a necktie and a dress shirt, a symbol of passage into adulthood. The “rite of passage” comes when the mentors teach the students how to tie the necktie. This is an important event that provides an opportunity for respected members of the community to mentor and bond with these young men.
This luncheon has been hosted by The Fairmont Olympic Hotel since its inception twenty-seven years ago. It is designed to support a segment of our community that desperately needs our attention and support. Its key features and benefits for our students include:
- Rites of Passage event matching students with mentors
- Cultural experience for Seattle area youth
- Prominent guest speakers with a strong educational message
- Recognition for academic success
- Necktie and dress shirts are provided to encourage job seeking
- Contacts made for potential employment
OUR SPONSOR LIST:
Turner Construction Company (PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR)
Fairmont Olympic Hotel (PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR)
Morgan Stanley (PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR)
GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS:
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Washington Education Association
Washington Dental Clinic
Lester & Bernice Smith Foundation
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
City of Seattle