Money can’t buy you love? Well, over the weekend in Fort Lauderdale, it bought dates with some of South Florida’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.
And among the 20 singles who starred in the 19th Annual Make-a-Wish Bachelor & Bachelorette Dream Date Auction at Sway nightclub was Local 10 noon co-anchor Jenise Fernandez.
Last week, Fernandez, 29, a former Miss Miami and fourth runner-up Miss Florida, told Gossip Extra she worried no one would bid on her and the date package she dreamed up, dinner and a Florida Panthers game in the VIP seats.
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Fernandez made quite an impression, and at auction’s the end, she agreed to go on separate dates with two guys who couldn’t outbid one another. They each paid $6,500 for the honor.
Ka-ching for the nonprofit: $13 K to add to the tally for the night, a total of $70,000.
Make-a-Wish is known for allowing children with life-threatening illnesses to go on the kind of vacation they couldn’t afford on their own.
“The whole thing was really exciting, but I was really nervous,” Fernandez said Monday. “But some of my friends and co-workers were in the crowd to cheer me on, so that helped.
“I never thought the bids would get so high.”
Fernandez said the actual nights for her dates haven’t been picked, but she is waiting for hockey season to start.
As for the guys who tried to outbid one another, they were identified as Scott Alford and Cesar Gutierrez.
For $6,500 per, they’ll get the VIP treatment at a Panthers game with Fernandez by their side.