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Fundraising bachelor auction 2013 slated for July 26

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Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

NEW PORT RICHEY - Want to win a date with one of Tampa Bay's most eligible bachelors?

On July 26, the Community Service Council of West Pasco will hold its 2013 Bachelor, Basket and Services Auction.

The fundraising event, presented by New Port Richey attorney Scott McPherson, will get under way at 6 p.m. at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave.

The auction gives guests the opportunity to bid on a date with local bachelors and service packages.

The council is recruiting bachelors from 21 to 90 who will offer a variety of date packages such as a ziplining, a Tampa Bay Bucs Suite package and driving a race car.

Many of the date packages are donated by local businesses and groups. The winning bidder will have the option of going on the date with the bachelor bid on or taking someone else.

Other date options may include concerts, romantic, several course fine-dining at Zen Forrest and Bonefish, comedy clubs and more.

"It's a really fun event and it's not just for single women," said Becky Bennet, the council's public relations chair. "The date packages can be bought and you don't have to go with someone else. You can take your husband or your girlfriend. Plus, you'll get entertainment along with the fundraising. You have the guys up there trying to strut their stuff and it's just fun."

Not interested in a one-on-one adventure? There will also be several service packages auctioned, including a bathroom makeover, handyman services, jet packing and housecleaning. All service packages are valued at a minimum of $500.

Additionally, an auction of 20 elaborate baskets, valued at $75 each, will go on throughout the night. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres and mingling with the bachelors. The auction begins at 7 p.m., and there will be a dessert break.

There will also be a couple of surprises, Bennet said.

"Bring your dollars, your twenties and your credit card," she said."There may be some time when you need some dollar bills for the auction."

Tickets to the event are $30 before July 15 or $40 at the door. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit West Pasco nonprofit groups and scholarships.

Since 1979, the Community Services Council has taken on many initiatives, including business expos, scholarship programs, special project grants and the intergenerational program. Special events have been developed to raise money to support West Pasco nonprofit organizations.

The group provides volunteers and money to various projects and nonprofit organizations. Its aim is to address all vulnerable segments of the population, such as children, seniors, veterans, pets, students and those who are struggling financially.

Another council tradition is its annual scholarship program. The council picks one student from each of West Pasco's seven public high schools and gives them each $1,000 toward college.

To purchase a reserved table and tickets or for more information about the event or the council, contact Amanda Murphy at (727) 359-2007 or amanda.murphy@raymondjames.com. More information is available at www.communityservicecouncil.org.

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