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Bidder won fiancee' at auction
What began as a night of fun turned into a lifetime of love
Published Thursday, February 14, 2013
by Michaela L. Duckett

Most folks who participate in date auctions do so to raise money for charity or just to have a good time. They don’t expect to meet their future spouse.


Shaka Green did. Three years ago, the 33-year-old attended a charity date auction with no intentions of making a love connection. He only went because a close friend, Adolf Shiver, dared him to.


“It was an ego thing,” he admits. “I wasn’t going to bid at one point, but Adolf talked me into it. He gave me his (paddle) to bid, but then he went and got another to bid against me. I wasn’t going to let him outbid me.”


The woman they were bidding on was Charlotte attorney Erin Rozzelle.


Rozzelle, 30, had recently ended a relationship and was hardly interested in dating. She just wanted to help raise some money for charity.


“I didn’t want to go out with anybody I didn’t know because I’m super shy,” she said. “There were a couple of people that I strategically placed in the audience to buy me instead.”


But Green disrupted her plan by outbidding everyone. He won the date for $300.


They exchanged numbers, and their first date was on Valentine’s Day. Rozzelle said all the restaurants were crowded so they grabbed a seat at a bar Uptown and watched a game together.


“He was super sweet,” she said. “He was one of the nicest guys I’d ever met. We just talked and had a good conversation. We’ve been together ever since.”


Green said he was attracted to Rozzelle because she was beautiful and had a good head on her shoulders.


“As I got to know her, I realized that she possessed certain qualities that I look for in a female,” he said. “She’s very intelligent and spiritual. She’s also open-minded. We are able to study together, spiritually.”


Within a year, the couple was talking marriage. Green proposed last June. He took Rozzelle to her favorite restaurant.


As they were sitting, Rozzelle said the waiter presented her with a Metro Proponent newspaper and asked if she’d seen the latest edition.


“I was just thinking this was just a normal night so I thought that was kind of weird,” Rozzelle recalls. “Then he opened up to this page that had this really sweet write-up from Shaka to me. It said that I was the one and God had sent me to him. Then at the bottom it said, ‘Erin will you marry me?’”


She cried and said yes. They’re getting married on Saturday in the Bahamas.



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