Alaska Railroad partners with Talkeetna Bachelor Society for second year to support fundraiser for Mat-Su Borough nonprofits
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Railroad is once again partnering with the Talkeetna Bachelor Society for a weekend of fun and excitement in support of the Bachelor Auction & Ball on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. The fundraiser is celebrating its 36th year of auctioning off some of the state’s most eligible bachelors, with the mission of raising raise awareness of domestic violence in Talkeetna and raise funds for domestic violence victims, as well as other vital community needs.
A few of the weekend’s featured bachelors will ride the Aurora Winter Train from Anchorage to Talkeetna the morning of the auction, handing out the Bachelor Society’s Male Order Catalog and giving passengers the opportunity to get to know the eligible gentlemen one on one before the auction. The Alaska Railroad is proud to donate 10 percent of all Anchorage to Talkeetna round-trip rail fares the weekend of the event to the Bachelor Society.
“This is the most fun weekend of the year to be in Talkeetna, and it’s an iconic Alaska winter experience. Over more than three decades, it has become somewhat of a local holiday, but it’s also for an incredibly important local cause,” said President of the Talkeetna Bachelor Society Todd Basilone. “We’re thrilled to continue working with the Alaska Railroad to raise more money and bring more people to Talkeetna to enjoy the festivities.”
On Saturday, Dec. 3, passengers will depart Anchorage at 8 a.m., and arrive in Talkeetna at 11:15 a.m., where more bachelors will welcome them to town. Everyone can then head into town to enjoy a number of winter and holiday-themed activities, as well as the Wilderness Woman Contest, hosted by the Bachelor Society. The Bachelor Auction begins at 7 p.m., at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in Downtown Talkeetna, immediately followed by the Bachelor Ball. The evening continues with live music and dancing at the Fairview Inn and an All-Night Bachelor Breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse starting at midnight. On Sunday, visitors can spend the day exploring Talkeetna or enjoying winter recreation in the surrounding backcountry before departing on the southbound Aurora Winter Train, which leaves Talkeetna at 4:50 p.m., and arrives back in Anchorage at 8 p.m.
“We are always looking for ways to provide our passengers with unique experiences, and it is also incredibly important to us to support Railbelt communities,” said Alaska Railroad Director of Guest Services and Passenger Marketing Bruce LaLonde. “The Alaska Railroad is proud to partner with the Bachelor Society as they support a number of necessary nonprofits in the Mat-Su and offer a memorable, Alaska experience for locals and visitors alike.”
Rail fare does not include admission to the Bachelor Auction & Ball. For more information about the Talkeetna Bachelor Society and to purchase tickets to its annual fundraiser, visit TalkeetnaBachelors.com.