Dating Goes to the Dogs

Austin hotties go to highest bidders at Mohawk dating auction benefiting APA!

Austin hotties go to highest bidders at Mohawk dating auction for APA!

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Julie Yost is auctioned off in the Austin Pet's Alive Dating Auction at The Mohawk. Photo by Jon Shapley
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The auction participants with host John Chapman. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Aydrian, Nick, Sarah, Brandon Photo by Jon Shapley
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Benji Patel, Aurora Cady Photo by Jon Shapley
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Brittany Martin and her dog Junie B. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Matt Williamson, Joyce Fee, Jenn Deising, Ken Aponte Photo by Jon Shapley
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Carrie Beitzel, Jessica Mosqueda, Rachael Jordan, Madison Pope Photo by Jon Shapley
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Host John Chapman introduces the first date. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Chris Alston, Cody Hodge and Celina Hernandez watch the auction. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Jerry Lopez on the auction block. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Justin "Ribs" Mason relays bids for a date with Brittany Martin via phone. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Sawyer Stoltz thanks his friend Jared Cannon, who won the date with him. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Brandon Watson and Sarah laugh as their friend Danielle Norris explains her perfect date. Photo by Jon Shapley
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The crow cheers during a bidding war. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Danielle Norris entertains the crowd during the bidding. Photo by Jon Shapley
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The audience cheers as the totals are announced. Photo by Jon Shapley
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John Chapman and Danielle Norris celebrate the winnings. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Is there anything more fun than a dating auction? If you're an audience member, probably not. For participants, however, it can be a nerve-wracking experience riddled with insecurity.

Luckily, the five men and five women who graciously volunteered to get on the auction block at The Mohawk last night had nothing to fear. After a dose or two of liquid courage courtesy of Absolut, each jumped onstage in the hopes of inciting a bidding war — or at least having a good time.

John Chapman of Austin Facial Hair Club fame served as auctioneer and general master of ceremonies. Jerry Lopez, Sarah Yost, Brittany Martin and Sawyer Stoltz were a few of the brave and sexy souls who offered up their dating services to the rowdy crowd. Among those who came out to bid and show support were Carrie Beitzel, Jessica Mosqueda, Rachael Jordan, Madison Pope, Matt Williamson, Joyce Fee, Jenn Deising and Ken Aponte.

Winners won a date with each participant, donated by local businesses. Both the highest bidder and the participant who reeled in the most cash won weekend passes to the 2013 Fun Fun Fun Fest. All proceeds benefited Austin Pets Alive!, a no-kill nonprofit dedicated to finding homes for dogs and cats in need.