Tie-One-On Luncheon


The Twenty-Eighth (28th) Annual Tie-One-On Luncheon was Held april 26th, 2019


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The Event


The Breakfast Group held its Twenty-Eighth (28th) Annual “Tie-One-On” Luncheon on Friday, April 26th, 2019 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.

Breakfast Group Member Benjamin Hall with Project M.I.S.T.E.R.™ student


" For our 2019 Tie-One-On event we have an exciting special program agenda.

We will announce new program developments and curricular expansion for the coming year."

Amani Harris, Breakfast Group President


Project M.I.S.T.E.R™ Student

Project M.I.S.T.E.R.™ Students

The 28th annual Event

Our 2019 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.


Superintendent Jose Banda with Project M.I.S.T.E.R.™ Students, Faculty, and Breakfast Group Member Gary Thomas (Tie-One-On 2014)


This luncheon has been hosted by The Fairmont Olympic Hotel since its inception twenty nine 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




Turner Construction Company  (PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR)

Governor Jay Inslee - Tie-One-On Luncheon (2013)

Fairmont Olympic Hotel (PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR)



Alaska Airlines


Seattle Seahawks 

Eli Lilly

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Washington Education Association

Washington Dental Clinic

Lester & Bernice Smith Foundation

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

City of Seattle

Casey Family Programs

King County Sheriff's Department

Tickets for the 2020 Twenty-Nineth (29th) anniversary event will be available at

this page in advance of the luncheon.