By Abby Bittner | email@example.com
Decorations elegantly dress up the dining hall, men excitedly strut down a stage, and audience members bid money on them for gift cards.
These details paint an accurate picture of Bachelor Bid, where men can be “bachelors,” while audience members bid on them to win gift cards, with all proceeds going to charity.
The event, which will take place this Thursday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the dining hall, is run by Phi Alpha Omega annually.
Junior Maren Meitzer, the historian for the sorority, believes it is an enjoyable event for audience members and participating men alike.
“They walk the stage and they get to pick their music, and they do a funny walk, and then girls bid on them,” she said. “Once the highest bidder wins, they go pick a gift card, and it’s supposed to be like you can go on a date with your bachelor, but girls can also just use the gift cards themselves if they so choose.”
Due to the large scale of the event, the sorority organizes committees of sisters, which put the club’s members in charge of food, advertising, recruiting bachelors, and decorations, which Meitzer runs.
Meitzer included that since Phi Alpha Omega tends to put on more events in the community, Bachelor Bid is a great way to bring together students on campus.
“It kind of has a level of friendship, because a lot of people come and support their friends,” Meitzer said. “So I think it’s unique to Flagler in the sense that it is such a small community, so it’s a way to kind of get together and have some fun.”
Smile Camp, the charity the sorority chose for the event, is a Jacksonville-based organization that provides children with disabilities a fun place to spend the summer.
“It’s like a summer camp for kids who either have mental or physical disabilities, and it’s split off by week, so one week would be like kids with asthma, and another week would be kids with down syndrome,” Meitzer said.
Ryan Muscarella, a past participant in Bachelor Bid, is also planning on participating again this year.
“Once I heard it was Bachelor Bid again, I had a really good time the first time, it was just a funny experience, so why not, and it’s for a good cause,” Muscarella said.
Muscarella believes that the guys not only do it to enjoy themselves and have fun, but to also become more comfortable getting up in front of others.
“I always thought I was good with confidence, but being in front of everyone, I think that’s got to boost some people’s confidence, and I think that’s a really cool part of it,” Muscarella said. “It’s an aspect that not everyone sees.”
An important part of Bachelor Bid, he said, is not only having fun yourself, but watching others enjoying themselves as well.
“It’s definitely nerve-wracking, but having a good group of people to do it with definitely made it a lot better, and everyone’s congratulating each other for what you did, it’s funny,” he said. “It’s like a little community of people waiting to be bid on.”