By Paula Katinas
BAY RIDGE — Hey, ladies, tired of sitting around, waiting for love? Then take matters into your own hands and grab yourself a bachelor! Better yet, buy one!
Nearly two dozen unmarried men will be auctioned off to single ladies at a charity auction sponsored by the Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation.
We can't promise that George Clooney, Justin Timberlake, or Bradley Cooper will be there, but plenty of other good-looking bachelors can be yours … for the right price!
The bachelor auction, which will take place on Feb. 29 at the Rex Manor Catering Hall, 1100 60th St., is part of a Sadie Hawkins Dance that is also being organized by the memorial foundation.
Sadie Hawkins was the memorable character in Al Capp's immortal comic strip “Lil Abner.” Sadie chased the bachelors in the fictional town of Dogpatch with an eye toward catching one and marrying him.
The dance and bachelor auction are being held in honor of Leap Year, according to board members of the memorial foundation.
Tradition holds that on Feb. 29, women can turn the tables on their male sweethearts and propose marriage.
The dance and auction will also serve as a fund-raiser for the memorial foundation. The organization was founded in 2007 in memory of Francesco “Frankie” Loccisano, a 17-year-old Xaverian High School student who died that year of a rare form of pediatric cancer. The foundation was founded by Frankie's mother Camille Orrichio Loccisano to provide assistance to children with cancer and their families.
Marianne Teta, chairperson of the auction, said she's excited about the event.
“We have more than 20 engaging bachelors ranging from 22 to senior age, in every size, shape and color. We have lawyers, teachers, firemen, retired cops, brokers, and more,” she said.
The evening will begin with a cocktail party at which the bachelors will mingle with the guests. A sit-down dinner will follow, and the auctioneer will begin the bidding, giving the ladies an opportunity to “purchase” a bachelor as their date for the evening.
“This is a fun-filled event that benefits families undergoing extreme difficulties,” said Kevin J. Breen, chairman of the memorial foundation. “In the four years since we have launched, our organization has helped over 75 individual families who have a child with cancer. We are able to extend that help because of events such as this bachelor auction.”
The memorial foundation directly extends financial support to children and their families while they are undergoing life-saving treatments that are critical to their care and survival. What began as a grass-roots effort by the family and friends of Frankie is now an organization that has grown to help children nationwide, board members said.
“Frankie wanted to make a difference in the lives of children who are battling cancer, and his wishes are now the spirit and driving force behind our organization,” Orrichio Loccisano said.
Tickets for the event are $65 and must be purchased in advance. They can be purchased online at www.frankiesmission.org, or by check via mail to The Francesco Loccisano Foundation, P.O. Box 237, Brooklyn N.Y. 11227. Attn: bachelor committee.
For more information, call (718) 238-6001, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.