Auctioning off Cleveland's best and hottest

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Monster's goalie Tyler Weiman: Under all that gear, he's very hot
Despite the cold and slushy weather, Silk Nightclub was packed last week for Cleveland Magazine’s annual crush party, where more than 25 single movers and shakers were auctioned off to raise money for Easter Seals. They were chosen by Cleveland magazine staff, who rated such traits as hotness, charity work, and hotness. The singles, who were profiled in the magazine’s February issue, included Channel 19 reporter Danielle Serino, Ty Dahodwala, owner of Allied Health and Chiropractic Center, and Tyler Weiman, a goalie with the Lake Erie Monsters. All had the look of nervous teenagers before prom as they were ushered to the front of the room for bidders to preview and admire… The women in the audience seemed mostly intent on celebrating their own fabulousness. They were decked out like Christmas tree ornaments in sparkly Vanna White dresses and glittery eye shadow. And they eyed the auctioned men with the hunger of refuges who haven’t eaten in two days. The guys were more of a scattered group. There were 50-year-old lechers and twentysomething banker types, who were eager to offer the women drinks (probably because they were free). They discussed the bachelorettes as if they were fantasy football prospects, dissecting each one’s ups and downs. As a hot single with a Swedish look appeared on stage, one guy whispered, “I like the blonde.” “Really?” his friend asked, perplexed. “Personally I don’t find blonde girls that attractive.” Next to him, a blonde woman, who’d just gotten up the nerve to approach said guy, turned on her heels and shot him a poisonous glance. “I didn’t mean all blondes,” the guy said helplessly. We now understand why he’s single. Each bidder had a strategy. One admitted that if the bids were too low – or if the highest bidder was kind of a “beast” — he would signal to his friends to raise the bid, then reimburse them. The highest bids – in the mid $300s — came from the women. Most of the women up for auction didn’t even break the $200 mark. “Do you think the men feel like they just don’t have to try?” asked one female attendee. “No,” her cynical friend replied. “They’re just cheap.” -- Rebecca Meiser

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