Bachelor auction for a cause

Fifteen Capital Region bachelors can be yours on March 12, just name your price.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is holding a bachelor auction to raise awareness and funds on Saturday, March 12, at Vapor Night Club in Saratoga. The bachelors up for bid range in age and come with a date package they customized themselves.

I'm still working on it but I'm trying to get some kind of cooking class. I think it's kind of different, I didn't want to do dinner or a movie. This way we kind of break the ice and it's a little competitive because I think I'm a good cook, said Everton Mclean, 31, of Albany.

This isn't the first time Mclean has put himself on the auction block for a cause. This will be his third bachelor auction.

"It's a good time to have fun, let your guard down a little bit, plus, you're doing it for a good cause," said Mclean.

The bachelor auction started out as a joke, said coordinator Marianne Reid, board chair for the regional AFSP chapter. When she suggested a bachelor auction jokingly to friends, they urged her to make it happen.

"I pitched it to Vapor and they were 100 percent on board. It's really been word of mouth, people saying 'I would so go do that,' or 'I know someone who would be perfect,'" said Reid.

Bidding on a date is something Reid said her brother would have loved. She lost him to suicide in 2007 at the age of 24. The auction is in his honor, in her heart at least.

"He would always make fun of me and my dating stories so it was always a joke between us. This is one thing I know if he were still here, would be laughing about it," said Reid.

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