Johnson City Press: Bid on a bachelor to help animals in need

Bid on a bachelor to help animals in need

Hannah Swayze • Feb 5, 2019 at 8:41 PM

The Johnson City/Washington County Animal Shelter will host a Valentines-themed benefit on Friday, Feb. 8, from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the Johnson City Country Club. 

Cara Ledbetter, the shelter’s development director, said the event, which will event feature a bachelor “auction,” has received amazing feedback from the community. 

“We're always trying to find new and interesting things to do to raise money for the shelter,” Ledbetter said. 

The shelter needs money, particularly because the usual lull in pets coming into the shelter that comes with the weather cooling has not come.

“The intake at the shelter has not slowed down at all,” Ledbetter said. “We have as many animals coming in as we do in the summer.”

So shelter staff decided to come up with something fun. What started out as a simple singles mixer for Valentine’s Day, turned into a full-on bachelor and date auction, due to all the feedback.

The night will feature a signature cocktail called, “love” potion, dancing, heavy hors-d'oeuvres, cupid running around making love matches and, of course, the bachelor auction. 

So far, 20 eligible bachelors in the Johnson City area have signed up and planned dates for guests to bid on. Men volunteering to take part range in age from 23 to 65. They are football coaches, businessmen and more. Guests will “bid” on each bachelor and date that comes with each one. 

Dates are planned coincide with the interests of the bachelors. Dates accompanying the bachelors range from private cooking classes to skiing excursions and even an afternoon of skydiving. Minimum bidding for dates will begin at $100. 

“It’s just going to be a fun, benefit for the local animal shelter,” Ledbetter said.

There is no dress code for the event, which will be casual.  Kasey Marler of WJHL will emcee the event. 

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door or online in advance through the event’s Facebook page that can be found by visiting’s the shelter’s page or website at

To sponsor an date or to donate to the shelter, contact Ledbetter at [email protected] 




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