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Bachelors on the block: Second annual auction hosted by Friends of Safe Place

April 28, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com

There's no guarantee of a love connection, but women who plunk down some cash for a date with an available bachelor Friday night are helping keep children safe.

Friends of Safe Place's second annual Charity Bachelor Auction will take place at the BPO Elks Lodge No. 378. The doors open at 6 p.m. First bachelor will be on the block by 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

There will be 11 bachelors this year ranging in age from 20s to 50s. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be open during bidding.

Mooch Mutchler, Safe Place, Washington County Child Advocacy Center program manger, said the auction raised almost $1,800 last year with all the money staying in the county.

"Getting so many men in our community to come together to support our effort to end child abuse is fantastic," he said.

The bachelors were selected through friends of friends, Mutchler said, or sometimes mentioning it to an available bachelor.

"This year we had more bachelors volunteer than what we needed," he said. "It was great to have so many men want to help us raise funds for the kids. They are all really good sports, I hope lots of bachelorettes come out to support them."

Mary Ellen Waltemire, member of the Friends of Safe Place board of directors, said the evening includes other events such as a silent auction.

"There will also be voting for Washington County's hottest bachelor," she said.

The evening will be emceed by Tiny and Katy from 104.7 FM.

The intermission will include a demonstration by Miss Extreme Pole Fitness 2013, who will perform her winning performance from a recent fitness competition.

Mutchler said the average bid last year for each bachelor was about $200. Last year's highest bid was $435.

"We already have a pre-bid this year of $500," he said.

Waltemire said after the bidding, the winner is introduced to the bachelor and the two will exchange information.

"It's up to the bachelor to arrange the date," she said.

And don't think that the crowd is only for women. Waltemire said men come to cheer on their pals.

But the real reason they're raising funds is for the children. And that's what Mutchler said his hope is for the evening.

"That even if only one person stops abusing a child because of our outreach — then we are making head way," he said. "Of course, we love to raise funds to continue our mission, but the outreach is what is more important — it's never OK to abuse a child."



If you go ...

What: Charity bachelor auction

When: Friday, May 3; 6 p.m. doors open; 7 p.m. first bachelor auctioned

Where:  BPO Elks Lodge No. 378, 11063 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown

Cost: Admission is $5, light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar; cash and check accepted for bidding on bachelors

More: Proceeds will go to Safe Place Child Advocacy Center. Call Safe Place at 240-420-4308.

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