MEET THE BACHELORS!

Scroll down the page to check out all the guys who'll be up on the auction block!


Who will win MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR?

When you buy a ticket online, you can enter the name of the bachelor you'd like to support when you check out. But if you can't make it to the event, you can still support your favorite bachelor (or bachelors) by making a donation directly in his name! The bachelor who collects the most donations - and gets the most fundraising support overall - will win the title of MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR for 2019. Just click on the support button under the photo of your favorite bachelor.

Of course, if you can't pick just one, you can choose to support all bachelors by clicking on the box below.

Find out which bachelors are in the running to receive the title of MOST ELIGIBLE by following us on our Friends of Literacy and Bachelor Auction Facebook pages.


Blake Trent

  • English Teacher, South Doyle Middle School

  • Age: 29 

  • Height: 5’10"

If you enjoy drinking craft beer while discussing podcasts, literature, and the state of education, Blake is the bachelor for you. This Kingsport, Tennessee, native loves being close to the mountains and is known for taking long hikes and even longer drives. When he’s not out on the trail, he’s probably at home cooking, reading, or drinking coffee and hanging out with his Shih Tzu Poodle mix, Monty. Blake takes public service very seriously, volunteering every summer with Mobile Meals Kitchen, delivering food to the elderly--not to mention, being a bachelor in the Friends of Literacy Bachelor Auction, supporting adults who are unable to read. Blake is inspired by Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson because of all of the charitable work he does and because he is constantly working to improve himself, even with all of his accomplishments. Blake, like “The Rock,” is the kind of man who does not rest on his laurels. His passion for education, learning new things, and being active is certain to keep your time with him exciting!


Brandon Demerest  

  • Associate Category Manager, Grocery, Pilot Flying J

  • Age: 25

  • Height: 5’10"

The name “Brandon Demerest” is synonymous with “well-travelled”. After graduating from college, Brandon went backpacking through Europe for two months and visited 15 different countries. Through the various cultures he immersed himself in overseas, he discovered his love for art, especially Picasso. The next spot on the map he plans to hit is Thailand. He wants to explore the beaches, taste the exquisite cuisine, and hang out with the elephants and tigers in the animal sanctuaries. But don’t think he’s too “cultured” for East Tennessee. He still loves Knoxville, enjoys living in a college town with good football, likes having the Smoky Mountains in his back yard, and listens to good ole country music. He loves to play golf, hang out with friends, or have a lazy Sunday watching movies. What more could you want--culture, adventure, and a down-to-earth East Tennessee boy?


Cain McCoy

  • Radio Personality, Hot 104.5

  • Age: 31 

  • Height: 5’8"

Cain is the freshest face and voice to hit Knoxville this season, recently moving across the country from a job with iHeartMedia Riverside/Los Angeles, to grace our ears with his upbeat and charismatic personality on the Hot 104.5 Night Show. A volunteer for the US Navy and natural entertainer, this veteran is the ultimate Renaissance man. His friends call him a “blipster” (i.e. a black hipster). He says Donald Glover is his spirit animal, so you know he will always have the newest music and the freshest outfit. He dreams of one day owning his own multi-media company and opening a youth arts center. Cain is always willing to discuss anything, from history, to sports, to human nature. He is incredibly passionate about his job and about making connections within his community. Cain’s ambition in life is to explore the world around him and leave it a better place than he found it.


Chad Curts

  • Senior Design Manager, Mastercraft

  • Age: 41

  • Height: 6’4"

Chad is a hands-on man, who has a passion for woodworking and the skills and know-how to back it up. Chad recently purchased a 1957 Chris-Craft 33’ Futura Cruiser, which he plans to restore to her former glory. In the summer, you will find Chad water skiing and wakesurfing on the lake or whitewater kayaking on a river. Chad was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University. He is an excellent cook and even grows his own vegetables. One day he hopes to visit the Irish countryside, and he is seeking not just a travel partner, but a soul mate to grow old with together. Be warned though, ladies, prolonged exposure to Chad has been known to cause butterflies in the stomach, uncontrollable laughter, weakness in the knees, and Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (racing heart).


Chris Cook

  • Financial Counselor, 21st Mortgage

  • Age: 24

  • Height: 6’1"

A self-described “book nerd” and conspiracy theory enthusiast, Chris has degrees in both business and finance and has ambitions to become an investment banker. Chris learned the value of perseverance from watching his single mom balance work and home life. His own hard work paid off in 2016, when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Chris’s friends would describe his as a laid back guy who likes to just ride the wave of life. But Chris wouldn’t mind if that wave took him to Italy one day, as he thinks the Italians have the best red wine. Chris’s favorite way to spend his leisure time is playing a round of golf or reading a book while sipping on a good cup of coffee. He says his number one goal in life is to have a happy family and be financially stable enough to “give graciously.”


Curtis Glover

  • Mural Artist, Self Employed

  • Age: 35

  • Height: 6’4"

Curtis is man with talents larger than life and more colorful than a rainbow. With a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a minor in graphic design, Curtis inspires the community with his large-scale mural paintings seen all over Knoxville. From restaurants to schools to city buildings and park walls, Curtis’ skill and creativity are visible everywhere, in one breathtaking work after another. His hobbies include fishing, hiking, and going to live shows with friends. One of the first things people usually notice about Curtis, other than the paint on his jeans, is his crystal blue eyes. He says one of his greatest attributes, which he learned from his father, is a good work ethic. Curtis is always up for a good joke, but you won’t catch him dropping cheesy pick-up lines. He is looking to develop authentic connections with the people he meets.


Daniel Herrera

  • Law Student, Duncan School of Law

  • Age: 26

  • Height: 5’4"

Daniel is currently in law school, studying to become a tax attorney, However, his larger aspiration is to become a judge. He has run for political office in the past and is committed to public service. When he lived in North Carolina, Daniel served on the Keep Charlotte Beautiful committee. He says he enjoyed his time in North Carolina, but East Tennessee is definitely the place to be. Daniel considers his education his most prized possession. It’s something he values most because it cannot be stolen or lost. He is also passionate about music, good food, and a great bottle of wine. As a law student it’s not surprising that that last show he binge watched was Better Call Saul. But don’t think Daniel is just sitting around watching TV; being around people discussing life goals and having interesting political conversations is what he prefers. 


Dean Marshall

  • Loan Officer, Foundation Mortgage

  • Age: 49

  • Height: 5’11"

A Knoxville native, Dean enjoys spending time with family and friends. His favorite part of living in East Tennessee is enjoying the beautiful changes of seasons. This father of two started his own business and is interested in becoming an investor. Family means the world to Dean; his most treasured possession is a pocket watch that once belonged to his great-grandfather. He counts his parents as among some of the most inspiring people he knows. While his friends describe him as loyal, caring, and loving, Dean also has an adventurous spirit. He’s already been skydiving and hopes to go to Italy someday soon. Dean is searching for trust, friendship, and quality time, including interesting conversations about current events and what motivates you.


Dustin Tait

  • Financial Consultant, Catalyst Funds 

  • Age: 28

  • Height: 6’1"

Meet Dustin, a financial consultant with a passion for volunteering. Dustin has always had a place in his heart for special needs children. That's why he is the head of fundraising and sponsorship for the Special Olympics of Tennessee and is a coach for their flag football program. His goal in life is to make a positive impact on his community and have fun doing it. On any given day, you'll find Dustin relaxing and eating. He loves cool rooftop bars and has a sweet tooth for ice cream. Dustin also is quite spontaneous. He once moved to New York City on a whim without money or a job. He eventually secured both, which he considers his proudest accomplishment. In his spare time, Dustin likes to travel to destinations where he can snorkel and spearfish. If you asked his friends to describe Dustin, they would say he is passionate, energetic, determined, and funny, which we agree with as well.

 


Jake Hicks

  • Assistant Manager, Food City & Photographer

  • Age: 28

  • Height: 6'1"

From Cebu, Philippines, Jake is best described as trendy, adventurous, friendly, and an all-around gentlemen. He is a dog lover with eclectic musical tastes. Jake's degree is in graphic design, and with his knack for photography, he dreams of one day becoming a full-time photographer. Jake considers moving up in his company his biggest achievement to date.  He volunteers with Amachi Knoxville, where he mentors young adults and children. Himself a child of adoption, Jake knows the value of a strong role model and enjoys setting that example for the children he works with. He is passionate about giving back to younger generations and strives impart his knowledge and experiences to those people around him who may need it.


Jesse Wade

  • Licensed Massage Therapist, Longevity Massage Specialists & Server, Kefi     

  • Age: 27

  • Height: 5’10"

Jesse has a wide range of talents, along with some of the best hair we have seen. Not only he trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but he is also a musician and aspiring actor who has recorded his own original song. Jesse is a Tennessee native who enjoys hiking, swimming, mountain biking, and spending time with his German shepherd, Samantha. His first passion, however, is singing, and Jesse can often be found playing his 1978 Alvarez Yairi acoustic guitar, which is his most treasured possession, given to him by his father. His favorite topics of discussion are science, music, and movies. Jesse has a deep respect for a wide range of entertainers, and he likes so many movies, he can't pick just one favorite.


Joe Lybarger

  • Doctorial Teaching Associate, University of Tennessee  

  • Age: 36

  • Height: 6’

Interested in a brainy guy with wild streak? Meet Joe. He may be working on a PhD, but that doesn’t stop him from riding his Harley-Davidson all over East Tennessee. Joe’s motto is, “Life is one big adventure, and I want to see it all.” Joe also has an appreciation and affinity for things that are delicate and beautiful--he cross breeds rare strains of orchids in his spare time. His tastes range from classical music to monster movies, and he never shies away from an in-depth conversation about poetry, culture, or his love of this area. He says East Tennessee has the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets of any place he has lived or visited. Knowing what we know now, we see why Joe's friends would describe him as witty, smart, conversational, easygoing, and a hopeless romantic.


Joshua Davenport

  • Community Crisis Liaison, Helen Ross McNabb Center

  • Age: 31

  • Height: 6’

Joshua is an outgoing, fun-loving, and boisterous guy who values spending quality time with friends and family, especially with his daughter.  His number one goal in life is to be a good father, and he finds daily inspiration from his own father’s example. Joshua loves to talk, whether it be about music, sports, movies, food, or health. He possesses a wealth of useless, but interesting, facts, and one of his favorite things to do is dominate trivia nights at local bars. He loves a cold beer, plays the bass guitar, and has too many tattoos to count. Joshua says that whether the joke you tell him is good or bad, he’s probably still going to laugh.


Kit Frederick

  • Financial Planner, Rather & Kittrell

  • Age: 27

  • Height: 6’1"

Kit’s outlook on life is summed up by this saying, “A life with regrets ain’t a life worth living.”  For Kit, his passport is his most prized possession because it is allows him to travel all over the world. He is inspired by world travelers like the late Anthony Bourdain and hopes to go to Egypt to see the pyramids up close. He counts traveling and experiencing new cultures among his greatest passions. Besides traveling, Kit finds joy in simple things like singing 90’s country music in his truck, seeing a cute dog walking down the sidewalk , or binge watching The Office. Kit is partially color blind, is a great cook, and though his friends would describe him as witty and fun, they oftentimes call him “dad.”


Lan Jones

  • Owner Operator, A Cut Above Lawn Care & Landscaping

  • Age: 31

  • Height: 6’

Lan is a Knoxville business owner who loves living in East Tennessee, but also has a respect and curiosity for other cultures. He likes spending time on the lake with his family and hiking in the Tennessee mountains. This Vol fan has a penchant for mischief and once snuck onto the field at Neyland Stadium and ran through the “T.” Lan is looking for a woman who will challenge him and push him out of his comfort zone, but who also enjoys the simple things. People are important to him, and he prides himself on taking time to cultivate and protect close personal relationships. Lan is a committed member of the community and volunteers at Thrive Lonsdale, teaching kids to landscape, fish, and properly complete a job.  He believes it is important to help kids get access to the same opportunities he had while growing up.


Mark Hazelwood

  • Attorney, Hazlewood Law Firm

  • Age: 35

  • Height: 6’1"

Mark is a man who loves to improve the world around him. When he’s not volunteering for FLETCH (Friends who Love East Tennessee Children's Hospital), where he plans and executes fundraising events, he’s officiating at local high school football games! Mark is a solo practitioner in his own law firm, and his proudest accomplishment was winning his first jury trial.  Mark loves traveling, and his dream job would be as a travel writer. Mark values experiences and spending time with the people he cares about. One of Mark’s life goals is to be like his late grandfather and have acquaintances say of him, “He was a great man and it was an honor to have known him.” He likes smart jokes, people with a quick wit, any activity that involves being in the water, and he considers Taylor Swift his guiltiest pleasure. If you’re up for a day on the river blasting “Shake It Off,” Mark is the guy for you!


Matt Lillie

  • Brewer, Elkmont Exchange

  • AGE: 41

  • HEIGHT: 5’10"

Matt is a charismatic Denver native who is living out his dream of brewing beer. He began perfecting his craft while studying at Missouri Western State University, where he impressed his friends with his home brews. One of his greatest joys, he says, is watching people enjoy a beer he designed. However, Matt is more than just a beer guy. He is also a published poet and loves camping, Jeeping, and even backcountry snowboarding. Matt likes to experience other cultures, especially through traveling, and if he could go anywhere in the world it would be Belize. His ideal date involves sharing a cold brew on a hip Knoxville patio.  If you are compassionate and warm, have a zest for life, and also love to travel, Matt is perfect for you. 


Nick Miles

  • Supply Chain Director, Elkmont Exchange

  • Age: 25

  • Height: 6'1"

What better man to fundraise for literacy than Nick Miles, whose most prized possession is his book collection. While Nick enjoys reading a good book, he also has an adventurous streak.  He loves trying new things, is proud to step out of his comfort zone, and even skied down Breckenridge Mountain with no prior experience. He likes that living in East Tennessee keeps him close to friends and family.  His mother’s success and ambition are part of his inspiration in life.  Nick aims to be like George Clooney, who developed a tequila brand, then sold the company for a billion dollars. Nick dreams of owning his own business and someday witnessing firsthand the beauty of New Zealand.  He appreciates someone who can match his sarcasm and is looking for a kind and loving person to laugh with.  Are you the one Nick is looking for?


Trason Williams

  • Journeyman Lineman, Knoxville Utilities Board

  • Age: 38

  • Height: 5'10"

Trason is a dependable guy with an exciting job in which high voltage, high speed, and heights are an everyday thing. While he may be a daredevil, Trason is faithful, has a great sense of humor, and loves kids.  In fact, he regularly volunteers for the Special Olympics via United Way.  He enjoys living in East Tennessee because it has plenty of active things to do, but the pace is still slow, and there is a  country vibe. Speaking of things to do, Trason loves to kayak, practice Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and hit the gym. He’s the kind of guy who values communication, encouragement, and teamwork. So he’s more likely to take you to a museum, a dance class, or a cooking class than a movie or concert. Trason also enjoys watching cooking shows on Food Network, reading books, and watching documentaries about the Mafia.


Will Nesbitt

  • Editor, Knoxville News Sentinel

  • Age: 28

  • Height: 5'11"

A writer and aspiring jazz club owner, William is a man of many interests, from enjoying the music of Luther Vandross and Brian McKnight to cooking to decorating his home to writing. He knows the value of the little things, admires his mother, and always tries to learn from past mistakes. Nothing makes him smile like a genuine compliment or snuggling up with his pet rabbit.  His proudest accomplishment was purchasing his home all on his own. In his spare time, William likes to hang out with his friends, soak up the culture and diversity of East Tennessee, and dream of the cabin he hopes to own one day. If you want a relationship full of unconditional love, loyalty, and respect, William is the guy for you!