Event gives to Harris family

(courtesy Ashley Eimers) Two lucky couples enjoy a feast of ice cream heavily laden in toppings. The fundraiser collected over $1000 for the Harris family and featured students of all ages.
(courtesy Ashley Eimers) Two lucky couples enjoy a feast of ice cream heavily laden in toppings. The fundraiser collected over $1000 for the Harris family and featured students of all ages.

The Bachelor raised over $1000 for the family of Mark Harris, on Wednesday, February 4.

The night opened with a pasta dinner, and moved on to the main event where 26 bachelors competed for dates with eight bidders.

The night featured a talent portion where individuals and groups performed dances, songs and comedy acts.

“I thought it was really funny,” said Gretchen Froelich, freshman.

Froelich said her favorite act was the one put on by the seniors in the show, which contained songs about The Lord of the Rings trilogy sung to the tune of The Sound Of Music. Hits included “I Was a Gray Wizard Now I am a White Wizard,” based on “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” and “Climb Dark Mountain,” based on “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” The entire act was furthered by the addition of silly costumes and props, such as beards, wigs and cardboard shields.

“They kept messing up and saying the wrong things, but it was hilarious,” Froelich said.

Matt Heinen, senior, was one of the bachelors in this act.

“It was tons of fun being on stage and performing when there was very little pressure or expectations, and our act turned out great,” Heinen said.

Additional acts included a dance number set to “Single Ladies” by Beyonce, in which several bachelors dressed up in short shorts and performed coordinated dance moves. Alberto Kanost, senior, sang and played guitar while two background dancers dressed in capes and plumed hats. Mario Fregoso, junior, break-danced, and Ari Schermer, junior, performed a tumbling routine.

The evening also featured a question and answer portion. The prospective bidder was blindfolded and listened as three or four contestants answered several silly questions.

(courtesy Ashley Eimers) Bachelor participants pose after a night of bidding. After the talent show, question-and-answer and bidding, couples celebrated with an ice cream date.
(courtesy Ashley Eimers) Bachelor participants pose after a night of bidding. After the talent show, question-and-answer and bidding, couples celebrated with an ice cream date.

Judging by their answers, each bidder picked which bachelor they wished to go on a date with. For an added twist, the boys spoke into a microphone that gave each of them the same unrealistic, deep voice.

The questions included “What is your mating call?”, “What would your wedding be like?”, and “What is your spirit animal?”.

After the bidder chose a bachelor, he would present them with a rose and accompany them backstage to enjoy an ice cream date.

“It was so funny. Basically we just had ice cream and took pictures and talked,” said Froelich, who chose Reed Falkner, freshman, as her date.

Other couples from the night included James Douglass and Sarah Mackowski, seniors, Kanost and Elizabeth Hayes, seniors, Schermer and Olivia Holbrook, juniors, and Evan Froiland and Lina Jeong, seniors.

All proceeds went to the Mark Harris Memorial Fund, student council’s charity of the year.

“The Harris Family Fund means so much to us, so we were really excited to see how successful [The Bachelor] was,”

Holbrook said. “Everyone on student council put in a ton of work for the Bachelor. We are so happy with how it turned out and how we’ve been able to rally the community to support the Harris Family.”

“The experience was great. I’m a senior, so sadly, this is my last Bachelor, but I would definitely do it again if I could,” Heinen said.

by Lydia Anshus and Maya Lawnicki

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