The Big Date
Erica Rose mounts the auction block for charity, gets mistaken for a prostitute— and sells for $525
Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, a Virginia-based non-profit, hosted its 2nd Annual Dream Date Auction at a Washington D.C. nightclub last Saturday. And Houston's own socialite, reality TV celebrity and law student Erica Rose took her spot right in the middle of it all, on the auction block.
"[Bachelor Pad co-star] Michelle Money got involved in the organization after her father passed away from colon cancer this summer. She reached out to us and asked us to participate," Rose tells CultureMap. "I was really flattered that she thought of me."
"I honestly think that everyone in the airport thought I was a prostitute," Erica Rose says.
"I had to wait until 9:30 p.m., when the next flight arrived with my luggage," says Rose, who had to perform a pre-event wardrobe change (into her slinky date auction dress) and makeup/hair adjustment in the airport restroom before taking a private car to the auction. "I honestly think that everyone in the airport thought I was a prostitute."
Despite the delay, Rose sold at the auction for an impressive $525, and joined the high bidder — a friend of fellow Bachelor Pad contestant Graham Bunn — for a lunch date on Sunday at the Park Hyatt. Rose tells us that she had a nice time at lunch, but chances of a future are slim (he's engaged).
Other Bachelor stars Dave Good and Emily Maynard as well as D.C. notables joined Rose, Money and Bunn to participate as candidates in the date auction, which raised $9,000 for the Chris4Life foundation by the end of the night.
After wrapping up law school and taking the bar exam in February, Rose hopes to organize a similar date auction during the spring in support of the Rose Ribbon Foundation, her family's local non-profit that provides free reconstructive surgery for cancer survivors unable to afford health insurance.