Ten bachelors and bachelorettes – all current or former service members – went on the auction block for a good cause: the USO of Jacksonville’s first “Un-Valentine’s Day” auction. Winning bidders received a date and the Troops serving overseas will be recipients of care packages.
Even a local newscaster got in on the action! As reported by Eyewitness News 9 in Charlotte, NC: “Nine On Your Side’s Arthur Mondale who served in Iraq in 2003, is an Air Force veteran who wound up on the auction block as well. ’It’s not about how much money you raise, because one dollar that we raise tonight is more than I had ten minutes before that,’ said USO of North Carolina Director John Falkenbury. ’It is about taking care of our men and women in uniform.’”
This auction, combined with a golf tournament held earlier in the week, netted $55,000 for USO programs. JDNews.com covered the event, as “community leaders and golf enthusiasts converged at the Jacksonville Country Club for Marine Federal Credit Union’s 16th annual golf tournament, a fundraiser supporting Hope for the Warriors and the USO…Golfers came from as far away as Pittsburgh, Pa.; Charlotte; and Beaufort, S.C., to participate.
Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Dickerson, executive vice president of Marine Federal, said that the day’s turnout should change the minds of anyone who didn’t believe that the community cared for its wounded veterans.”
Job well done to all of those involved. Check out the auction action in the video below!