Winston-Salem retirement community holding veterans date night auction

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Ahead of Veterans Day, a local senior living community is supporting veterans through a unique event.

Forsyth Court, a holiday retirement community in Winston-Salem, is auctioning a date night with male residents who are also veterans.

“We have several veterans that live here in the community and we thought what more of a fun way to celebrate than by having a veterans auction,” staff member Nicky Ellington said.

Ten Forsyth Court residents, who have all served in World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War, will share a chef prepared dinner with the highest bidder.

Retired United States Army Sgt. Fred Johnson, 86, doesn’t mind having women bid on him.

“Well yeah, I hadn't got anything against the ladies,” he joked.

Like Johnson, some of the participants are bachelors, but others already have special ladies in their lives.

Retired United States Army Private Frederick Valentine, 92, says he has a “lady friend,” but she’s OK with him participating.

“Yes, she's even offered to bid a few bucks,” he said.

Retired United States Army First Sgt. John Crews, 70, is also spoken for, but he’s not sure if he can count on any bids in advance.

“If I get one bid fine, if I get more than one that's a bonus, he said.

It’s intended to be a light-hearted event, but the reason why these veterans have agreed to participate is a serious one.

All proceeds will support Outward Bound for Veterans, a program that helps service members with the transition from the military back into civilian life.

For the participants, the auction is just a small way to help their own.

The auction will take place at Forsyth Court (2945 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem) Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

The event is open to the public.

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