Who: Singles, eye-candy lovers, and minglers
What: CCRF’s annual Date for Life event
Where: The Fine Line Music Cafe
When: February 10, 2011
Why: To raise funds for Children’s Cancer Research Fund
While this party wasn’t Valentine’s-themed, love was definitely in the air for CCRF’s annual Date for Life event. Just in time to find that special someone for Valentine’s Day, this event allowed local singles to bid on hot and successful bachelors and bachelorettes. And it was all for a good cause: to help raise funds for children’s cancer research at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.
The crowd was a good mix of singles fresh from work ready to check out those on the auction block and each other. The bachelor/ettes ranged in age and profession, so there was really something for everyone.
We spotted real-life couple Ken Stano and Shelly Chapek, who met at 2008’s Date for Life when Shelly “shelled” out $375 for a date with Ken. To honor this year’s event, Ken bought Shelly a bracelet worth that much! “She’s always saying that she paid too much for me, so now we’re even,” he said. Another success story in the mix was Megan and Tony Holte. They also met at Date for Life in 2008 when Megan approached Tony and gave him her number. They were married last year.
The Thursday evening party started with a cocktail mixer in which guests got to check out and mingle with the hotties up for auction. At 7 p.m., WCCO’s Mark Rosen and auctioneer extraordinaire Karen Sorbo introduced the 13 bachelors and bachelorettes (two were up for auction virtually. Minnesota Swarm players Andrew Suitor and Callum Crawford were unable to attend) and explained the date packages. These were some intense dates: everything from a spa day before the date to a trip to Chicago with a bachelor was up for grabs.
After being introduced, those up for auction got to work the room. Every bachelor/ette had a “promoter” with them whom partygoers placed their bids with. The live auction began at 9 p.m. and a surprise bachelor Jamie (who was not even in the auction book) went for $1,500 and three different women purchased that date at that price raising $4,500! Former The Bachelorette (ironic, huh?) contestant Kirk De Windt’s date sold for $1,400 and teacher Julie’s date sold for $1,600—the highest amount of the night!
Whether or not these new “couples” actually do get romantic on Valentine’s Day, the event was certainly a cause for celebration and remembrance. Date for Life was created in 2008 in honor of Katie Jurek, who died in 2007 of cancer at the age of 20. This year, the event raised more than $42,000 to benefit cancer research.