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Second annual Gentlemen for a Cause

Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley event raised thousands for Bridge to Home

Posted: June 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Left to right, Janice Murray, Danise Davis, Brian Whiteley, Judy Penman and Cheryl Grey.

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The second annual Gentlemen for a Cause brought out nearly 100 attendees to bid on services and a few dates with 20 men to benefit Bridge to Home.

The event was hosted by Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley and chaired by Suzanne Stone and Lorraine Furden.

Among the services offered were handyman services, fitness workouts, massage therapy, real estate legal advice, botox and more.

Thousands of dollars were raised during the evening by the men who strode down the runway Saturday at the Westridge Clubhouse, some men doffing their shirts in an effort to create a bidding war.

The gentlemen who donated services and dates were: Kirk Stinson, Paul Wieczorek, John Devitt, Darrell Bruns, Michael Killian, Dr. Saul, Ray Haynes, Chef Lovejoy Cole, Barrie Eget, Casey Kirkman, Logan Piette, Brian Whiteley, Kevin Novotny, Tim Davis, Mark Young, Chef Poppy, Dave Perry, Cole Kaz, Ray Tippet and Steve Mercado.

Dave Perry, field representative for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, was on the auction block offering a special date to the L.A. Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

"It’s for a great cause. I’m glad to be participating for two great organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley," he said.

Barrie Eget, a boxing announcer for HBO, Showtime and ESPN, said he was honored to be one of the "Gentlemen for a Cause."

"This is a great community," he said.

Brian Whiteley, a first time participant, said he was nervous about the event.

"I have to walk up on a stage," he said.

Whiteley, who offered a massage therapy package at Balance Point Spa in Canyon Country, found himself the subject of spirited bidding which brought in more than $700.

Bridge to Home operates the Santa Clarita Emergency Winter Shelter each year. The goal is to operate a year round shelter.

Proceeds from Gentlemen for a Cause will benefit the Families to Home program which provides permanent supportive housing for families that are struggling and need assistance with housing costs, and support programs to help keep them from homelessness.

For more information about Soroptimist International of SCV visit www.siscv.com.

mbuttelman@signalscv.com

661-287-5590

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