A friend who tried to get VIP tickets to “Cocktails with Chris” said they sold out the minute they went on sale last week.
Hy-Vee, which is sponsoring the fundraiser, said no more VIP tickets will be issued – I’ve heard just 50 were made available – but as of last check, there still appeared to be general admission tickets for the event, set for Feb. 12 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.
“The Bachelor,” Chris Soules, of Arlington, Iowa, will be on hand for the fundraiser, along with some of the “other bachelors of Arlington,” who have their own claim to fame with a calendar. Hy-Vee released more details about the event, including which “other bachelors” will attend.
The evening will include a “dating game” featuring Mr. September (Jordan) and a live bachelor auction featuring Mr. March (John), Mr. June (Jake), Mr. October (Jason), Mr. November (Jordan) and Mr. December (Alex.)
Find more photos on the Other Bachelors Facebook page.
See related articles here and read below for the full press release from Hy-Vee, with more about the fundraiser:
Hy-Vee Presents: Cocktails with Chris and ‘The Other Bachelors of Arlington’
CEDAR RAPIDS – Hy-Vee is excited to announce an upcoming event “Cocktails with Chris and ‘The Other Bachelors of Arlington’” – featuring Chris Soules, The Bachelor himself, on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel Ballroom.
Complete with a live date auction, silent auction, complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Hy-Vee, and beverages for purchase – the event will begin at 6 p.m.
Guests will have time throughout the evening to purchase bachelor calendars, collect autographs, have photos taken with the bachelors (courtesy of Joe Photo), enjoy live music by Beau Timmerman, mingle with ‘The Other Bachelors of Arlington,’ and bid on auction items.
Event proceeds will be donated to the Arlington Community Center, a million dollar project currently underway and the reason for creating the bachelor calendar in September 2014. Under the leadership of Arlington natives John Fedeler and Summer Handel, 12 Arlington bachelors combined forces to publish the 2015 calendar as a fundraising effort for their community center.
“We are very excited to be working with Hy-Vee and cannot wait to have ‘The Bachelor – Chris Soules’ and some of ‘The Other Bachelors’ together at a public event for the first time since the release of the calendar,” said Handel. “We’re looking forward to drawing a great crowd and raising additional funds for Arlington’s new community center.”
The evening will include a “dating game” featuring Mr. September (Jordan) and a live bachelor auction featuring Mr. March (John), Mr. June (Jake), Mr. October (Jason), Mr. November (Jordan), and Mr. December (Alex). Purchase calendars prior to the event for autographs, and take a sneak peak of the men up for auction on ‘The Other Bachelor’s’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BachelorsofArlington
Ticket sales will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at www.eventbrite.com by searching “Cocktails with Chris.” General admission tickets cost $20 each (includes event admission and complimentary hors d’oeuvres). VIP tickets cost $40 each (includes event admission, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, guaranteed photo with Chris Soules, and one free drink ticket).
The talented Nicole Agee, KCRG’s morning news anchor, will emcee the evening. A special thanks to KCRG-TV9, Strategic Print Solutions, Joe Photo, and the Marriott – event sponsors that have helped to make event details come together quickly after spurring off an idea from social media, originated by Britt Nielsen, Social Media Coordinator for Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee Stores.
“Hy-Vee is thrilled to host Chris and ‘The Other Bachelors of Arlington’ for a fun, fan-filled, fundraiser,” said Nielsen. “We look forward to providing a wonderful night out for all Bachelor fanatics while helping to raise much needed funds for the Arlington Community Center.”
For more information, look for the “Cocktails with Chris” event on Facebook, or visit any local Cedar Rapids or Marion Hy-Vee Facebook page.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.