Bachelor auction June 23 will buy Prosser a clock

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writer June 17, 2011 

Fifteen bachelors in the Mid-Columbia are willing to put themselves on the auction block for a clock.

But not just any old clock. This clock will stand in the heart of downtown Prosser, a testament to the city's historic appeal, says Alisa Groenen, executive director of the Historic Downtown Prosser organization.

"It is going to be a standing street clock much like those seen in Walla Walla and Kennewick," she said. "It will most likely stand in front of the Prosser mural."

The bachelors offering themselves up for the cause are anywhere from age 22 to 80, which means there's something for women of all ages.

The Bachelor Auction: Handymen & Hunks event is June 23 in the Green Room at the historic Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave., in downtown Prosser. Cost is $35 in advance or $40 at the door. The price includes dinner and wine. For advance tickets, go to www.historicprosser.org.

So what will the winning bidders get for their buck? That will depend on which guy you choose. A list of the bachelors is below but only their first names are being used.

Kenton, 22, is in the military. His dream vacation spot is Alaska. He will provide some landscaping for the right price.

Ben, 32, is a contractor who dreams of traveling to Nepal. He will take his bidder on a date.

Bruce, 60, is retired and says anywhere tropical would make the perfect vacation. He will offer his bidder a date.

Jeremy, 29, is a plumber who loves to fish, camp, snowboard and watch movies. He will provide his winning bidder with various plumbing needs.

Ron, 34, is a professional who loves music, reading, wine tasting and the Tri-City Americans games. His ideal vacation would be a backpacking trip across Europe. He will provide a date for his bidder.

David, 47, is a general contractor. He likes bicycling, fly-fishing and building things, and his favorite vacation would be a South Pacific island. He will provide some contracting work for his bidder.

Corey, 39, is an operations specialist who likes to hike, dance, write, travel, fish, backpacking and music. Someday he'd like to visit Cuba. He will take his bidder on a date.

Paul, 38, is an electrician who loves to hunt, fish, camp and spend time with his daughter. His ideal vacation is in a mountain cabin by a river in Montana. He will provide electrical work for his bidder.

John, 51, is president and CEO of Yakima Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau. Travel is his passion, and he longs to go on an African safari. He will take his bidder on a date.

Larry, 58, is the manager of Perfect Printing & Signs shop. He is a handyman who loves tinker in carpentry and auto mechanics. He wants to visit Ireland and Australia. He will provide some Mr. Fix-It work for his bidder.

Logan, 26, is a chef who dreams of going to Amsterdam. He will cook a meal for his bidder and five of her friends.

Jim, 34, is a dentist who loves to take road trips, travel abroad and hike. Anywhere in the Caribbean would an ideal vacation spot for this guy. He will take his bidder on a date.

Mike, 80, calls himself a libations professor at Kiona Winery. He loves to ballroom and Latin dance. He will take his bidder on a date.

Jared, 33, is an interior design consultant who dabbles in many hobbies but excels in architecture and landscaping. He will provide his bidder with design consulting.

Kevin, 46, is a contractor who loves motorcycles, golf, tennis and vacationing in Costa Rica. He will take his bidder on a date.

There also will be social hour and silent auction at the event starting at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. with the bachelors going on the block at 8 p.m. You must 21 or older to attend.

w Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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