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Gay and Lesbian bachelor and bachelorette auction in Wilton Manors

Staff Writer

At this Thursday’s (May 8) version of Red Hot & In Style, unlike the fundraiser of the same name and by the same organization held in January, the local bachelors and bachelorettes volunteering for the auction will be gay and lesbian.

Staged at the Manor nightclub in Wilton Manors, the evening will be hosted by Joan Rivers impersonator Joe Posa and local comic Malcolm Neitzey.

For the second year, the event gives members of the LGBT community the opportunity to bid on South Florida men and women to benefit Fort Lauderdale-based Deliver the Dream, which serves families living with cancer, autism, cerebral palsy, HIV/AIDS and other illnesses and crises.

“We do not define who is a family,” says Paul Withrow, executive director of Deliver the Dream. “We wanted to let parents in the [LGBT] community know that we are with them, too.”

The bachelorettes and bachelors come from a variety of sources, including organizations such as Latina Salud and SunServe, as well as bartenders who work on Wilton Drive.

“We took a booth at Pride [Fort Lauderdale],” Withrow says. “We basically just asked people [to volunteer]. I can be pretty persistent. We pretty much want a good cross section of the community.”

Date packages include a kayaking adventure, a private yoga lesson or a one-day rental of a Jaguar.

Red Hot and in Style will begin at 8 p.m. at the Manor, 2345 Wilton Drive, in Wilton Manors. Tickets cost $20. Call 954-564-3512 or go to

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