Wade Orloski is one of 20 "Guys That Give" participating in the Feb. 8 bachelor auction at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center to benefit Friends of Literacy. Public online votes for "Most Eligible Bachelor" close Feb. 1—the winner will be crowned at the event.
Did you actually volunteer for this?
I volunteered for Mr. Knoxville, the Goodwill event, and that's how I met these organizers. My buddy Derek volunteered me for this, and I tried to get out of it, but I ended up as a contestant. I'm very happy to do it, just shy on the stage. Derek is going to be a bachelor for the auction also—I made sure of that.
Maybe you'll end up on a double date?
I highly doubt that. I'm taking my date on a flight. Also ziplining. Also dinner.
And you'll fly the plane? What kind?
I'm flying the airplane, yep—it's a Cherokee 6.
Are you cooking the dinner?
Actually, no, we'll eat somewhere in Gatlinburg. But I can cook.
How much would you say this date with you is worth?
I would put a price on it of around $500.
Any tough competition from the other bachelors?
My friend Derek. He can talk to anyone and loves to be the center of attention. I'm almost the exact opposite, kind of reserved, but give me the right situation and I'll have a lot of fun.
What's the most daring adventure you've taken?
That's hard to say—I've been skydiving, hang gliding, jumped off a cliff into the water.
So the bidder should be brave?
Yes, someone who's pretty adventurous. I'm going to teach them how to take off and have them take off in the plane and fly around (with me there in control). Whoever wins my auction will get to fly and have a great date.
Do you believe in kissing on the first date?
I do not.
What's your idea of a good second date?
Rock climbing comes to mind, or flying some place for dinner. Or indoor skydiving—heck, yeah!
This benefits literacy—do you read a lot?
I think literacy's a huge thing, though I'm not the best reader by any means. I'm always impressed by people who can sit and read a whole book. Me, I'm a geek, so I read pilot manuals, and my old job was technical and process-oriented, so I'd read things that would help the company reduce errors and speed up processes.
What encouragement can you offer someone to come bid on you?
I'd tell them, "You have to be ready for one hell of a date to bid on me."
Do you have kids this date will need to meet?
I have a lovable 100-pound German Shepherd, Shaq. He's big, black, and a sweetheart.
Will he come on the date?
No, but he has been in the plane a couple of times before and does just fine.
Some of the bachelors being auctioned aren't that serious about finding someone—are you?
I hope I do find someone with this auction. I would love to find the right girl who could actually put up with me. That would be a lot of fun. I'm going to be 40 this year, and I live life on the edge, with lots of adventures. But they can be romantic—like a spontaneous vacation.
For more information about the auction or to vote online by 11:45 p.m. Feb. 1: friendsofliteracy.org