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After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

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Bachelor And Bachelorette Auction In LA To Support Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation

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Former Bachelorettes up for bidding last year- Michelle Money, Devin Alexander, Kacie B (Photo Credit: Fitz Carlile)

It’s time to love your butt! Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country, with over 145,000 new cases diagnosed this year with over 50,000 lives lost due to the disease.  The national non-profit Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation launched a creatively clever awareness campaign called Love Your Butt to encourage people to open up and talk about their bottom.

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Chris4Life announced the return of its popular Bachelor and Bachelorette (from the hit show) celebrity auction event on Friday, April 5 again at the chic SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. The luxurious setting will include a night of cocktails, food, entertainment, and a silent auction in addition to to the live celebrity auction. Event attendees will have fun competitively bidding on celebrities for a chance to have a special outing with his or her favorite star, like lunch, dinner, shopping trips, wine tours, excursions, or whatever your heart dreams up.  Last year’s event raised close to $50,000 for the foundation.

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Ty Pennington spent a lot of money bidding last year. Ty with Liesl Jackson (left) and Jillian Harris (right). (Photo credit: Fitz Carlile)

The highly anticipated second annual event will feature a variety of “star power” from TV personalities, The Bachelor series reality stars, and Hollywood notables – all ready to show their love for their “bottoms” to help raise money for colon cancer patients.  The event will be Co-Chaired by Lisa Ling (the host of the Oprah Winfrey Network show Our America) and her husband oncologist Dr. Paul Song.  Event emcees are Julia Allison (Columnist for ELLE.com, star of BRAVO’s Miss Advised) and Shira Lazar (Host and Executive Producer of weekly live show What’s Trending).

This year, Chris4Life has partnered with popular online “do good” site Charity Buzz to introduce an online component for guest who are unable to event, can still bid on their favorite personalities.  The idea for this event came from a brainstorming discussion last year between Chris4Life and Michelle Money, a former finalist in ABC’s The Bachelor Pad Season 2 who lost her father to colon cancer.

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Bachelor Ladies from past shows. (Photo credit: Fitz Carlile)

The celebrity line-up for auction includes (more surprise guests being added):

Lindsay Yenter – Finalist on The Bachelor 2013

AshLee Frasier – Contestant on The Bachelor 2013

Shawn Christian – Currently stars as ‘Dr. Daniel Jonas’ on NBC’s Days of Our Lives

Lesley Murphy – Contestant on The Bachelor 2013

Kiptyn Locke – Former contestant on The Bachelorette Season 5 and Bachelor Pad

Roberto Martinez – Former contestant and winner of The Bachelorette (Season 6)

Daniella McBride – Contestant on The Bachelor 2013

Courtney Robertson – Former contestant and winner of The Bachelor (Season 16)

Caitlin O’Connor –In 2012, Caitlin was named “one of Hollywood’s Hottest Girls” by Yahoo News and appeared in Maxim Magazine as one of “the ten hottest girls in America.”

David Krumholtz – Lead role of genius mathematician Charlie Eppes on CBS’ long running crime procedural “NUMB3RS”

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Former Bachelorette Michelle Money with Michael Sapienza. (Photo Credit: )

Ryan Bowers – Football Player/Trainer/Coach and contestant on The Bachelorette 2012 (Season 8)

Josh Crotty – Actor, singer and drummer. Seen in many guest appearances on television, or touring with his band Thick as Thieves

Karen McCullah –- Screenwriter best known for writing the hit movie Legally Blonde

Nick Peterson – Personal trainer and winner of The Bachelor Pad 3

Orianthi Panagaris – Singer/songwriter/famous guitarist that has played with some of the biggest and best names in music

Selma Alameri – Contestant on The Bachelor 2013

Eric Etebari  – Best known for his roles in 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Lincoln Lawyer, Cellular, and Stand Up Guys

Justine Musk – Author of two dark fantasies from Roc/Penguin (Blood Angel and Lord of Bones)

Ali Cobrin – Actress best known for her role as Kara, in the American Pie fourquel, American Reunion. Prior, she played Molly in the Showtime series Look and guest starred on NBC’s Friends With Benefits.

Leslie Bradshaw – Chief Operating Officer at Guide, a software company focused on turning online news, social streams and blogs into video

Taryn Southern – Guest star with shows such as New Girl, The League, Rules of Engagement, American Dad, and Guys With Kids

Event Details:

WHEN:    Friday, April 5, 2013. Doors open at 8 p.m.

WHERE:
SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

465 S. La Cienga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Ph. 310-247-0400

TICKETS:  $50. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chris4Life Patient, Treatment & Care Program.

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