A different sort of bachelor party was held Friday night at Fountain Head Country Club, where the men were well-behaved and the women were having most of the fun.
Eleven men put themselves and their egos on the line — and on the runway — in the club’s ballroom for a Charity Bachelor Auction sponsored by Friends of the Safe Place Washington County Child Advocacy Center.
From businessmen to a biker, they came from a variety of occupations, including law enforcement and a physical therapist.
The bidding started off with businessman Art Thomm, who looked a bit nervous on the runway as WAYZ deejays Tiny and Katy tried to pump up the crowd and pump out the money.
“I guess we’ll find out,” Thomm said when asked what he thought he would fetch. He topped out at $70.
As succeeding bachelors got to the auction block, the numbers from bidders started to move up as the men and the bidders seemed to get a little more comfortable.
Daniel-San, a member of the group Bikers Against Child Abuse, drove the bidding up to $200.
“You can’t go wrong with a Latin man .... Free spirit and a lot of loving,” Daniel-San said before the event.
However, he did not keep track of the bidding.
“I don’t know who won me,” he said as he waited to find out.
“Three and 10 and done,” Nicole Frost of Frostburg said when asked what she was looking for in a man.
They were Hagerstown police Office Gary Anderson and businessman Ryan Hudson, respectively.
“I’m looking for someone who's also looking for a relationship and to have some fun,” Frost said.
“An overall nice guy. Good looking .... Goal-oriented,” one woman said when asked what she was looking for in a man, although she wasn’t sure she’d join the bidding.
A number of the women in the audience of about 100 said they were married or had boyfriends, so they would not be bidding. They were there to support Safe Place.
“The money we’re raising here tonight will go to awareness, to let the public know about child abuse, which we’re trying to eliminate,” said Alice Growden, the president of the board of Friends of Safe Place.
Safe Place Executive Director Mooch Mutchler recently said he came up with the idea after seeing a similar auction while attending a National Children’s Alliance Conference last year in Huntsville, Ala.
Bachelor No. 9, physical therapist Todd Jones, sounded confident before the auction.
“I’m putting my body on the line for the kids,” Jones said.