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Mt. Pleasant High bachelors on the block for charity

The auditorium at Mt. Pleasant High School will be filled with excitement and activity Saturday as dancers hit the stage to strut their stuff.

This might sound like nothing out of the ordinary, but the dancers will be nine young men who have volunteered to place themselves on the auction block for fun and charity.

The bachelors auction will be the senior graduation project for two friends who wanted to bring the unique idea to the school, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

“I went to Derry’s annual Bachelor Auction and fell in love with the idea,” Rachel Ramsey said. “I had never even heard of a bachelors auction before, but it was so hilarious and such a great idea, I couldn’t pass it up.”

Ramsey then contacted her friend Jess Stairs, and the two decided they wanted to stage the event as their project.

The first step was to line up bachelors to be auctioned.

“I think that some of them were kind of hesitant at first,” Stairs said. “But the whole idea is great, and I think that it will be a lot of fun.”

“I asked around and some guys were more willing than others from the start,” Ramsey said. “We’ve weeded out a few guys, and we have a pretty strong core group of nine bachelors that we’re sure will put on a good show.”

The girls lined up the bachelors and found great dates to be offered with each one.

“We have dates to Carnegie Science Center, snow tubing at Seven Springs, Kennywood, and ice skating around the tree in Pittsburgh,” Ramsey said, adding that the “dates” were all donated for the event.

Each bachelor was paired with the date event of his choice and will be bid on as a package.

“I thought it was a good idea,” senior Bill Baker said of his participation.

Baker and his winning bidder will enjoy a fun day at Kennywood.

He said the event’s benefit is the important factor behind his participation: “It’s all about the cause.”

Ironically, the first bachelor to sign up was Ramsey’s boyfriend, Tyler Krinock, who said he is looking forward to having some fun.

“I said that I would do it as long as Brad was in it,” Krinock said of Ramsey’s brother, Brad Ramsey, who is also on the auction block. “My date will be ice skating, and I’m actually pretty excited.”

The bachelors will perform a group dance and individual dances to try to raise the stakes as high as they can, to raise as much money as they can for the foundation, which is important to both girls.

“My mother passed away from breast cancer in 2004, so it is a cause that I have always supported,” Stairs said of the Komen foundation. “I just hope that everyone comes and donates and has a good time.”

“Jess and I chose to donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation in memory of her mother, whom Jess lost a few years ago to the disease,” Ramsey said. “We also chose to honor our softball coach, Paula Torcaso. She was diagnosed with the cancer for a second time this past year. This foundation supports a cause that hits home for us.”

The girls said excitement is running high and they anticipate a good turnout.

“A lot of teachers and students are actually pretty excited to get to see some of their students or classmates get up and perform for them,” Ramsey said. “Nothing like this has ever been done at our school, and we’re hoping to possibly start something new that will be carried on throughout the years.”

The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the high school auditorium.


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