First Chris4Life LA Dream Date Auction and Benefit Event

Michelle Money, Devin Alexander, and Roberto Martinez during the auction

Last Saturday marked the first LA Dream Date Auction and Benefit for Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. The event was the first-ever media sponsorship for the Pacific Punch and we couldn’t have been happier to partner with such a terrific charity that is doing so much to help find a cure for colon cancer, raise awareness, and improve the lives of patients diagnosed with the deadly disease.

The night was not only fun, it was a tremendous success right out of the gate, raising $40K for the organization. The event was held at the luxurious SLS Hotel (one of the sponsors), with hors d’ouevres courtesy of celebrity chef José Andrés (of the hotel’s Bazaar restaurant), cocktails provided by Karma Tequila and Voli Vodka, Fergie‘s light spirit brand, and cupcakes by Sprinkles.

Chris4Life LA Dream Date Benefit

The silent auction included items such as one-of-a-kind jewelry, luxury food items, television swag, clothing, fine art, tickets to sporting events (LA Dodgers included a VIP visit to batting practice), VIP entrance to TAO Las Vegas, and live entertainment (tickets to Conan, Bill Maher, Ellen, and tickets to Celine Dion‘s Las Vegas show including a meet and greet).

Michelle Money and Michael Sapienza

Music was provided by DJ Gomes, and guests enjoyed playing “dress up” with boas, hats, and accessories, taking film strip photos in a photo booth. After a moving introduction from Michael Sapienza, Executive Director of Chris4Life, guests heard some of the most important facts and latest research from UCLA‘s Dr. J. Randolph Hecht, one of the most renowned doctors in the field of colon cancer research.

The highlight of the evening, however, was the live dream date auction, which included cast members from The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor Pad (Jillian Harris, Roberto Martinez, Natalie Getz, Dave Good, Erica Rose, and this season’s southern sweetheart, Kacie Boguski “Kacie B”), along with reality tv personality David Golshan (“Shahs of Sunset”, “Millionaire Matchmaker”) and local movers and shakers (Starz Lacrosse/Foundation founder) Scott Hochstadt and one of Hollywood’s hottest screenwriters, Karen McCullah (Legally Blond, The Ugly Truth).

A gentleman from DC and Ty Pennington (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) got into a bidding war over Jillian Harris, and Ty ended up the winner at $3000 for a date with the perky, fun bachelorette. Sources say that Jillian agreed to also go on a date with the DC suitor when he said he’d match the $3K bid. So, Jillian ended up bringing in the most at $6K.

Kacie B’s date went for $3600 and newly-single hottie Roberto went for $1800. Each “dream date” had fun with the bidders, but no one upped the ante as much as Golshan, who not only did one-handed push-ups to get the bids higher, but actually DROPPED his pants to expose blue boxer briefs, and well, his assets. Natalie Getz was “won” by one of the founders of Drink Mr. Pink (who also donated non-alcoholic drinks for the night), and Hochstadt’s winner was coincidentally a woman he went to junior high school with and hadn’t seen in years.

Michelle Money, Devin Alexander, and Kacie B during the auction

Several of the Bachelor franchise cast members were in attendance and certainly a spirited bunch. When one gentleman asked if he could take them all out on a “group date,” they put themselves up for auction on the spot and went collectively for $5K.

MC’s for the evening (and the auctioneers) were the Bachelor’s Michelle Money, who has been an active advocate for Chris4Life and colon cancer awareness since losing her father to the disease last November, and Devin Alexander, author of the “Biggest Loser” cookbooks, media personality, and advocate for healthy living.

Jillian Harris during the auction

Out of town participants stayed at LA’s The Orlando Hotel, one of the event sponsors, and were seen continuing the dating debauchery after the event Saturday and continuing on Sunday down the street from the hotel at 3rd Street’s sports bar Goal after their “dream dates” with the winners. Locals have or will coordinate mutually convenient times to go on their date.

Two of the ladies tweeted photos from their “dream dates” on Sunday:

@kacielynnb: “Such a great date for a great cause! @chris4cure ps. I got the rose http://pic.twitter.com/rYEJqID3

Kacie B on her "dream date"

@nataliegetz: “On my date from #Chris4life charity auction with the man who “won” me lol- Founder of @drinkmrpink http://lockerz.com/s/197777737

Natalie Getz on her "dream date"

We can’t thank enough everyone who participated, attended and donated for helping to make Saturday night a success!

About Chris4Life: Chris4Life’s mission is to find a cure for colon cancer by funding and facilitating cutting edge research programs across the nation, to improve the lives of patients diagnosed with colon cancer by funding and developing programs to support patients and their caregivers, and to increase awareness of the life-saving importance of early screening for colon cancer by using innovative strategies.

Colon Cancer Stats:

  • Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined. Over 145,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year
  • Colonoscopies not only discover cancer, but can also stop cancer
  • Half of Americans still do not get colonoscopy reimbursement
  • Innovative colon cancer research is still vastly under-funded
  • Desperately needed colon cancer support networks are few and far between
  • Younger age demographics under the age of 50 are being diagnosed for colon cancer
  • Colon Cancer is 90% preventable

Punch founder Pamela Sorensen with Britt Kahn, Jill Haber, and a guest

The Punch team - Parker Bartlett, Lindsay Taub, and Liesl Jackson

The Punch's Liesl Jackson with Ty Pennington and Jillian Harris

The ladies of the most recent season of The Bachelor

Michelle Money, Devin Alexander, and Karen McCullah during the auction

Scott Hochstadt

The Artist's Geoff Pilkington and his date

Michelle Money, Devin Alexander, and Natalie Getz during the auction

* All photos by Fitz Carlile. To see more photos from the event, click here.

About Lindsay Taub:
Lindsay Taub is an LA-based writer/editor who covers travel, lifestyle, culture, music/arts, food, wellness, and more. She calls Los Angeles home when she's there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and rustic luxury. Follow her on instagram/twitter @lindsaytaub and follow the Pacific Punch @ThePacificPunch or email lindsaytaub58@gmail.com. Learn more at www.lindsaytaub.com and www.voyagevixens.com .***
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