Friday, 23 October 2009 12:34
It's finally time for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters "A Match for the Stars" date auction. If you haven't gotten your tickets, you still have a chance to score discounted tickets from us, so e-mail editor@insitegainesville straight away.
By Stephanie Granada; Photos by Sarah Hsu
Aside from benefitting a great cause, the event is a fun and unique opportunity to do something a little different on a Friday night.
Look for INsite editor Maghan McDowell on the auctioning stage. Her date package includes a wining-and-dining experience at Manuel's Vintage room, a Hippodrome performance and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gainesville Raceway, including—get this—a chance to race a car on the track as many times as you want. High speed and no ticket-charge? Awesome!
"It would be neat to be a Big Sister," she says. "If they'd take me."
The event is also a great outlet for young professionals, a demographic often forgotten in Gainesville events, to meet and mingle.
"I'm excited to meet some people who are in my situation," Maghan says. "People who graduated, found jobs and stayed in Gainesville."
Thursday afternoon, this editor was treated to a big celebrity moment as Calzatura store manager and personal relations coordinator Meghan van Joosten helped Maghan find her perfect auction dress.
"It's so cool that Calzatura offered to dress us for the event," Maghan says. "How often do you get to go to a store and pick out whatever you want? That's what celebrities do."
After four attempted looks, all of which she loved, Maghan made the tough choice of settling into the first look she tried on. The geometric tube dress by Lush, $44, fit everything Maghan wanted out of her look. Not too tight, not too short, not too long—just the right mix of sexy date appeal, editorial fashion and professionalism.
Meghan van Joosten says Calzatura got involved to help the women feel comfortable and sexy when they are on stage.
Before the show, Calzatura’s Meghan will be backstage armed with extra accessories and a full styling kit to make any last-minute adjustments.
"Everybody deserves to feel their best when they are on that stage," she says. "Regardless of whether we dressed them or not."
She thinks Big Brothers/Big Sisters' importance in the community is especially important now that the economy has been suffering.
"Kids need something to get their minds off the fact that their parents aren't doing so well," she says.
She hopes the event will succeed in raising enough funds to keep the organization going strong in the community.
Like any person being served up on a platter to be judged, INsite editor Maghan has her concerns about hitting the stage tonight.
"What if I don't raise enough money, or even worse, what if no one bids on me?" she asks. "What if I missed a memo and do something stupid on stage?"
Despite the obvious beauty and hefty accomplishments of all the bachelors and bachelorettes, they will surely all have their own concerns while at the auctioning stand.
Help them all feel more comfortable by coming out tonight and bidding on the amazing date packages they are offering up. Bidding starts at $50, which is about a tenth of what the packages are actually worth. Winners can choose to take the bachelors on the date or use the date package with their own main squeeze.
A Match for the Stars starts at 6pm at Sharab Lounge. Tickets are $35 at the door and include heavy appetizers from Mi Apa Latin Café, a drink ticket and admission to Sharab all night. Bidding starts at 7:30pm.