“Shelter From the Storm” holds charity auction during Fashion Week

Bidding for bachelors brings aid to local charity- and fun for community

 By Michael Gonzalez
Section Editor
 
The couple Trent and Graison walk on stage to show they found love in the auction (Michael Gonzalez/The Chaparral)

A local Charity Bachelor Auction has returned to Palm Desert to help bidders find love, and a chance at winning a custom prize package. The 4th annual Desert Charity Bachelor Auction was a part of the 2012 Fashion Week on El Paseo. The goal of the yearly event is to earn $100,000 for the organization, “Shelter From the Storm,” whose mission is to help curtail domestic violence and provide services to victims.

The charity bachelor auction- a special venue where locals mingle among the valley’s most eligible bachelors (21 years and over) in the “Mantini” tent, was held on March 17th. Festivities began at 7:30 p.m. when participants proceeded to peruse the troupe of bachelors up for bids.  General admission was set at $50 and reserved seats were offered at $65, which included the Mantini reception.

There were 15 participating bachelors that were “sold” for over $2000 each. The bachelors had prepared enticing prize packages in advance, worth between $7,000-$15,000, and included individualized packages for those with varied interests, such as restaurant gift certificates, travel and skin care packages.

One couple who attended the auction, served as an inspiration to both buyers and bachelors:  The happily married couple initially met at the first Annual Desert Charity Bachelor Auction back in 2009.

The event brought in over $50,000 from participants.  Lynn Moriarty, executive director, expressed her thanks to all those who contributed to the cause benefitting Shelter From the Storm.

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