Who knew that Momentum Audi's Jared Lang could do clapping push-ups? Or that chef Charles Clark could look so hot in a custom Festari suit? Or that Mix 96.5's Lauren Finkelstein would fetch the highest dollar in a singles auction?
All was revealed Friday night when CultureMap hosted the Most Eligible Bachelor and Bachelorette party benefiting the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease. The wrap-up of the 2012 Most Eligible series took place at 1911 Bagby, the recently renovated building that will soon house Mr. Peeples Seafood + Steaks eatery.
Four brave souls from the series volunteered for the auction block with high bidders winning a 15-minute date with the single superstars. Placing themselves in the spotlight were Al Farb, Jared Lang, Katie McCall and Finkelstein. While the latter served as auctioneer, CultureMap's Tod Eason jumped in to handle bidding on the radio personality. She brought in $425 for the charity, topping Lang's $200 top bid that he earned by displaying his push-up prowess, including the he-man clapping version.
In addition to knocking back Patrón Tequila, Ultimat Vodka and other libations, guests were served an array of scrumptious appetizers from Pop-Up Pantry with Masterchef finalist Christine Ha overseeing the party fare and cooking up her head-turning apple pie. She was joined on stage by David Hauslib, Pop-Up Pantry co-founder and chief creative officer, in from Southern California for the party.
Beyond people watching, and there was plenty of that with the turnout of 300 singles, entertainment included the Smilebooth photo fun and a pulse-raising performance by the Moonlight Dolls, a scantily-clad burlesque troupe.
Making the colorful scene were Most Eligible writer Marcy de Luna plus Maryam Afshari, Paul Pettie, Brian Thorp, Brandy Anderson, Philippe Schmit, Beth Muecke, Kim Padgett, James Sivco, Kathryn McNiel, Roberty Lynd, Dr. Romy Mitchell, Melanie Vopham, Edward Sanchez, Mauney Mafrige, Rob Rutherford and Bubba McNeely.