The Chairperson for the 2013 Relay Johna Beech was looking for a new way to generate revenue for this year’s Relay for Life coming May-31st-June 1st at the Soldotna Sports Center and she thought a bachelors auction might be a novel idea, “We have a lot of wonderful men in our community and they were willing to step up to raise some money to help find a cure for cancer,” Beech told the Dispatch. “For those who say there are no great guys left, they were not at the Main Street Tap and Grill on Saturday night for the 1st Annual Kenai Peninsula Bachelor Auction. We had 16 men who all were employed, good looking, single, funny, smart and who willingly came forward to raise money for Relay for Life!! We started the evening off with the Bachelor Auction committee members telling the Bachelors why they Relay. Even though this was slated to be a fun night, we did not want to lose sight of the reason we were auctioning off these wonderful men! The Central Peninsula Relay for Life feeds into the American Cancer Society, the #1 funder of cancer research, 2nd only to the Federal Government.”
Main Street Tap & Grill provided the smoke free venue for the event, Kenai Catering provided the hors d’oeuvres and KO Entertainment provided the lights and music. Matt Tunseth was the emcee and Jason Ness the auctioneer. According to Beech the room was filled with 3 types of bidders – single ladies looking for love, attached ladies with their eye on the donation prizes, and ladies who wanted to help fundraise for Relay for Life. She reported the average bachelor brought from $325-$525 with the highest bachelor, Dan Brophy, going for $1000.00. “Laura, the gal that ended up making the winning bid said she only bought him so she can take her 11year old son Joey on the helicopter ride that was part of Dan’s donation prize that included a trip to the Pebble Mine site for two. Joey is a 4 yr cancer survivor and is ecstatic about going on the trip. Joey was our 2012 Relay Survivor keynote speaker and so far our highest fundraiser for the 2013. He is a pretty great kid in my book!” she said.
Shawn Norman, Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidson Service Advisor, was auctioned off for $475.00. His prize included 3 days of riding lessons donated by KPHD along other items. “Kelli was determined to win this bachelor, not for his flexing muscles, but to learn how to ride a motorcycle. She said that it is something she has had on her bucket list and we were glad to donate her money to the cause and shorten her bucket list,” said Beech. Along with the 16 bachelors auctioned off other games and prizes brought the grand total for the night to a whopping $8,015 she said, “We were overjoyed at the amount of money we raised with this one event, so much that a few of us were tearing up after the final money count. The event was successful thanks to the hard work of the volunteers, the bachelors, the sponsors, and the wonderful women who came out on Saturday. Mark my words; we WILL be doing this again next year!”