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Oct. 19, 2001 – Thirty-eight available men and women will be up for bids Saturday night in a fun- and fund-raising event at Iggies Beach Bar and Grill to benefit the Humane Society of St. Thomas.
Radio personalities, a politician, financial professionals, a police officer, retailers, a restaurateur, a dentist, a music teacher and a retiree are among those who've volunteered to take a turn on the auction block.
And each bachelor and bachelorette who'll go up for bidding is part of a package deal. Bidders will be vying not only for a warm body but also for someplace to take him or her. "Each bachelor will be auctioned with a lunch or dinner package," Humane Society Board member Susan Roy, who chairs the society's Fundraising Committee, says. "And each bachelorette will be auctioned with a fun activity package that includes day sails, golf, hikes and even a lunch date in Old San Juan."
Among those whose company will go to the highest bidders are dentist Kimberly Moore, radio personalities Sheldon Turnbull and Julian Baa, Romano's restaurant owner Tony Romano, Chase Bank employees Romita Roy and Susan Roy (who are not related), St. Thomas Dairies daughters Katherine Hintz and Priscilla Hintz (who are), Police Officer Annette Turnbull, economist Rick Moore, Shawn-Michael Malone of Delegate Donna Christian Christensen's office, retiree Dolores Rodriquez, Deliver-It owner Ken Huskey and Scott Martin of Caribbean Packaging.
The "Return to Romance" auction of bachelors and bachelorettes is just part of the action on tap at Iggies, located on the Bolongo Bay Beach Club grounds. There'll also be a silent auction, a fashion show and a wine tasting — and the Karaoke machine will be plugged in all evening.
The fashion show will feature something not usually seen locally on fund-raiser runways: a selection of fine evening wear that is available for purchase at the Humane Society's own shelter boutique.
The Humane Society of St. Thomas, founded in 1957, exists to serve and protect the animals of the community by promoting and providing humane care. It maintains an animal shelter for the temporary housing, care and alleviation of suffering of unwanted animals and offers shelter animals for adoption. The society offers low-cost and no-cost spay and neuter programs, conducts educational outreach, and serves as an advocate for the elimination of cruelty to animals.
While under contract with the V.I. government to pick up strays and injured or dead animals, the shelter, like its counterpart on St. Croix, has gone for years without being paid for the services.
Joe Aubain, president of the Humane Society, said community support is what makes the society's work possible. "We depend on the generosity of the community in order to provide many of the services offered," he said. He urged everyone to "come out and support this event, even if you have no intention of bidding on a bachelor or bachelorette. There will be lots to bid on in the silent auction, and many laughs to be had throughout the night."
Roy promises "a fun evening for everyone, married or single."
The wine tasting and cocktail hour starts at 6:30 p.m. It will be followed by the auction and fashion show. The silent auction will go on throughout the evening.
Finally, for those who'd really like to make a night of it, Bolong Bay is offering auction patrons a special night or weekend room rate of $50 per person, double occupancy.
Tickets for the auction are $20 at the door and $15 in advance. They're being sold at the animal shelter in Nadir, at Home Again in Red Hook Plaza, and by Humane Society board members. For more information, call the shelter at 775-0599.

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