Don’t want to be alone on Valentine’s Day? Come to a bachelor auction! That’s right ladies, 30 bachelors have passed a screening test, ages 32-55, and will be strutting their stuff on Friday February 10, 2006 at the Holiday Inn in Bethlehem, PA. Admission includes full dinner, and a night full of meeting successful, good-looking men. Meet and greet the bachelors starting at 6:00, take time to peruse their profiles, and get ready for the bidding….. The proceeds from the auction will benefit The Oral Cancer Foundation and the local chapter of The American Cancer Society.  Tickets can be purchased at the Holiday Inn front desk. $35.00 in advance, $42.00 at the door on the night of the auction.

The Bachelor Auction in Bethlehem PA has attracted a lot of attention after the first year was such a success.  "Last year, we had seats for 260.  When they were filled, we sold another 40 tickets for ‘standing room only,” said Regina Jeffries, the chair for the event.

300 single women were bidding for a date with one of our thirty eligible local bachelors.  The professional auctioneer rattled off the numbers as the bids climbed upwards of $600 for some of the guys.  "A couple of very successful AND good looking bachelors had two women up-bidding each other for the date. When they were slowing down, the MC offered to give both of them a date with the man, if they both paid the $600!  This year the quality of the bachelor is higher, and several of them older and more successful, so we hope to raise even more than we did last year.

Local restaurants have donated dinner for two in exchange for the advertising in the program and at the event.  Each winning bidder chooses a dinner gift certificate from a fishbowl, then pays for the bid, and then exchanges numbers with the bachelor.  We ask the bachelors to sign a contract that they will go out on the date within four months, or they are obliged to pay the woman the amount she paid for the date.

The first hour of the event, each bachelor has a female escort who walks him around the room introducing him, touting his exceptional qualities.   It’s a fun evening, and all for a good cause.

Last year the bachelor auction netted $8,000.  This year, the hope is to net $12,000.   Profits will be divided between a local charity and the Oral Cancer Foundation, since this year the advocacy topic is oral cancer awareness.  Our honoree of the evening is Eva Grayzel Cohen, a 7 yr survivor of oral cancer.  She will speak about OC screenings, and overcoming adversity.

OCF NOTE:  This year the auction brought in over $15,000 and the foundation received a check for over $7,000.00 from the organizers of this event. We would like the acknowledge the efforts of Ms. Eva Cohen in making this possible.