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How much for a date?
Charlotte singles raise $3k for charity at annual celebrity date auction.
Published Thursday, February 14, 2013
by Michaela L. Duckett

How much would you pay for a first date? Fifty-five dollars? How about $650? That’s how much the highest and lowest bidders paid at

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Radio One Program Director Olympia Dicks said she prefers not to have a guy pick her up at home on a first date.

Metro Proponent’s annual celebrity date auction.

Approximately 100 singles from all over the city gathered at Interior Motives, the design studio of HGTV’s Will Smith. Many came just to have fun, while others were looking to make a love connection in time for Valentine’s Day.

Kiamesha Young was willing to pay $100 to go out with her crush, Kevin “Fresh” Wright, owner of Fresh Exclusive, a sneaker boutique in Plaza Midwood.

“I’m hoping that I win and he takes me somewhere special,” she said. “He’s cute, and he seems like he has really good manners.”

Dori Hunter came to support her sister Cynthia at the auction and make sure she didn’t go for too low a bid.

“I just came out to have some fun and get to know the people in my community,” Hunter said.

Sandra Hunter, who was also there to support Cynthia, said even though she came for fun, she planned to explore all of her options.

“It would be fun to find someone to just take me out and eat some chocolates,” she said. “Who doesn’t like being pampered?”

Pre-show jitters

Prior to the show, Kendra James, a former star on the Oxygen TV’s reality show “Bad Girls Club,” also stacked the crowd with supporters who could drive the bidding. However, she said that even if she went for $5, it was OK because the money was going to a good cause. Metro Proponent reports the auction raised $3,000 to assist families who have been impacted by human trafficking and Multiple Sclerosis.

Michael “Big Mike” McCluney, a former member of the Bad Boy recording group Day 26, was not as much concerned about the size of the bid for a date with him as with who would do the bidding.

“I’m a little nervous,” he said before the show. “I’m used to picking and choosing who I go out with. If somebody wants to go with me, usually I can say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ I really don’t have an option in this.”

McCluney said the best-case scenario would be going out on a date with a woman that looked like Paula Patton. What’s the worst scenario? “I don’t even want to think about that,” he said.

Olympia Dicks, Radio One’s program director, shared some of McCluney’s concerns.

“You never know who’s going to bid on you,” she said.

However, McCluney had a plan in place in case she was not too fond of her date. For starters, she planned to meet him somewhere in public instead of having him pick her up at home.

“That’s the safe way,” she said, adding that her ideal first date would be going somewhere Uptown. “We can walk wherever we need to walk. There are a lot of restaurants and a lot of people. And if I need to get away, I’ve got easy access so I’m good.”

Single for V-Day

Dicks said she hasn’t done much dating in Charlotte and admits her dating skills are a little “rusty.” She said one issue she has is that men sometimes hesitate to approach her.

 “I have a tendency to look kind of standoffish,” she said. “So I just try to smile a little more.”

James, a financial specialist, said she has no problems attracting men so spending Valentine’s Day alone is not something she’s accustomed to, but she doesn’t anticipate having a date.

“I have a whole lot of possibilities and nothing for sure,” she said. “I don’t think I’ll be getting any flowers to the job this year.”

Still, James said she is not too pressed.

“I’m getting older,” she said, “so I don’t want to just have a boyfriend. I want a quality boyfriend, so if I have to spend this Valentine’s Day alone to eventually find somebody of quality, then I’m good with that.”

Dazia Moore, a model, also participated in the auction, but whoever bid on her will not likely get to spend any time with her for Valentine’s.

“I’ll be busy hosting events,” she said. “I’m not really worried about Valentine’s Day. It’s just nother day. I’m so busy with my career that I’m not focused on my love life. I’m 21, so I have a lot of time for that. I’m OK.”


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