SEATTLE – (June 7) It was a night of honoring the past and supporting the future of Seattle University Athletics at the Fifth Annual Red Tie Celebration Saturday at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.

The annual fundraising event capped the 2016-17 year for Seattle U Athletics and brought in more than $450,000 in proceeds that will benefit Seattle U student-athletes in their endeavors to achieve championship success on the field and in the classroom.

The annual "Raise the Paddle" segment brought in more than $125,000, while two of highest bid single live auction items included a one-week vacation stay on the Big Island of Hawaii and two tickets to Super Bowl LII at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Each item went for more than $5,000. 

Along with the fundraising portion of the night, the event honored two all-time tennis greats in Janet Hopps-Adkisson, '56, and Tom Gorman, '68. In addition, all previous Red Tie Celebration honorees were in attendance including Jim Whittaker, '60, Elgin Baylor, '58, Johnny O'Brien, '53, Pat Lesser-Harbottle, '56 and Orrin Vincent, '67. The late Eddie O'Brien, '53, was represented by his wife, Terry.

More than 70 student-athletes were in attendance, volunteering at the event. Senior women's basketball player Kaylee Best was the night's student-athlete speaker. Vicki and Brian Carey, 2017 Red Tie Committee Chairs and parents of senior tennis player Barbara Ann Carey, shared their long-standing ties to the University. Title sponsor Bill Eisiminger, '67, '73, spoke to his lifelong connection to Seattle U and what giving back to his alma mater means to him, and to the student-athletes.