Lawyers, disc jockeys, police officers, even a biker dude will be going once, going twice, going on a date.
It’s a bachelor auction, featuring 11 single males from the Washington County area.
And the bidding war is all in the name of charity.
The event will be held on Friday, April 6, at Fountain Head Country Club and will benefit Safe Place, Washington County Child Advocacy Center.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and bidding begins at 7 p.m.
A donation of $10 is requested, which will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.
Sponsored by the nonprofit arm of the center, Friends of Safe Place, the auction coincides with Child Abuse Prevention Month.
This is the first year for the fundraiser, said Mooch Mutchler, program manager.
“But it sure would be nice to make it an annual event,” he added. “Washington County has some great bachelors.”
Mutchler said he came up with the idea for the auction while attending a National Children’s Alliance conference last year in Huntsville, Ala.
“They had great success with a similar auction,” he noted. “So on the plane ride home, I’m thinking ‘why not?’ There are lots of good bachelors right here in Washington County.”
Mutchler approached Friends of Safe Place about the possibility of holding a bachelor auction “and they took the idea and ran with it,” he said.
The first step was finding area single men who would be willing to participate.
“It was really easy since all of our bachelors want one thing — to see what they can do to eliminate child abuse in this area,” Mutchler said. “So, it didn’t take any arm twisting for them to be great sports and help raise money for Safe Place. Plus, even though they are a humble bunch, they all know they have something great to offer any woman who is daring and adventurous enough to win a date with them.”
Mutchler said the bachelors range in age from “25 to 50-ish.”
There also are a wide range of occupational backgrounds. Bachelors include members of law enforcement — state police, city police and sheriff’s department — businessmen, radio personalities and lawyers. Washington County Department of Social Services also will be represented, as well as employees of Washco Homes and Heartland Nursing Home.
“We even have a biker dude from Bikers Against Child Abuse who is bringing his Harley,” Mutchler said.
Emceeing the event will be Tiny and Katy from WAYZ’s Morning Team.
Mutchler said the rules for the auction are pretty simple: “Anyone can bid on any bachelor and people also can help someone win a bachelor by adding to the bid. The highest bid wins a date with that bachelor and the two will work out the details of the date.”
Public response to the auction “has been outstanding, which the board hopes translates to a huge crowd,” Muchler said.
The evening will be a great deal of fun, he added.
“But it’s also benefiting a very good cause — helping abused kids. The horrors of child abuse ring throughout so many different areas of the community.”
Mutchler said Safe Place is committed to reducing the trauma in a child-friendly environment through collaborative investigations, therapeutic/medical interventions and criminal prosecutions of child abuse cases.
“In these tough economic times, it’s always important for a nonprofit to raise funds,” Mutchler said. “But, in reality, the auction is being held in April — Child Abuse Prevention Month — with the goal of increasing the message of the horrors of child mistreatment. Of course, no one would complain if the bachelorettes come prepared to bid some big bucks.”
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