April 18, 2014

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Amherst ‘Bachelor’ Jesse Csincsak returns for benefit

AMHERST — The romance may not have lasted, but that isn’t stopping “Bachelorette” winner Jesse Csincsak from making big plans.

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The one-time Amherst resident and Marion L. Steele High grad will bring a few of his fellow “Bachelor” contestants to Lorain next month for a fundraising dinner to generate money for a team of Olympic snowboarding hopefuls who trained at Csincsak’s Breckinridge, Colorado-based nonprofit J-SAK Snowboarding Inc.

The Sept. 12 dinner will be at the Lorain Party Center, and feature the School of Rock band Headliners, plus a silent auction offering prizes including a snowboard donated and signed by former Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson, Cavs tickets and an autographed Cleveland Browns helmet, according to Willie Csincsak, Jesse’s mother, who lives in Amherst.

Csincsak, who gained fame for his flamboyant attire and attention-getting tactics on the 2008 season of the ABC-TV reality series “The Bachelorette,” plans to bring a trio of contestants who were rejected by the show’s star, DeAnna Pappas, before she chose Csincsak in the series’ big finale in May 2008. The couple’s much-publicized relationship, which was to culminate in a wedding this past spring, crashed and burned when Pappas broke it off last fall.

Since then, Csincsak, who could not be reached for comment, has kept busy with endeavors ranging from appearances on “Extra TV” and MTV’s “Made” series, to John Walsh’s “America’s Most Wanted” program where he talked about the unsolved murder of snowboarder Ben Bradley, whose body was found in Wyoming in October 2006.

The “Bachelorette” contestants slated to show up at the dinner include Dallas high school football coach Brian, New York teacher Richard and Canadian Paul.

“A lot of girls are going to come out to see these guys,” Mrs. Csincsak said. “We’ve already got people coming from southern Ohio, Michigan and New York. And there’s a group of seven coming from Indianapolis. We hope to pack the house. They can handle up to 700.”

Csincsak’s acquisition of the autographed snowboard from Wilkinson came as a result of his being invited to her wedding at the Los Angeles Playboy mansion. “He was asked to go as a date by one of the bridesmaids,” his mother said.

Two of the four Olympic snowboarding hopefuls include Rose Raevsky, a 19-year-old from Colorado whose promising career was sidelined by a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, and Alex Tuttle, a Maine native who placed fourth in a nationwide competition in Japan earlier this year, according to Mrs. Csincsak. “It doesn’t look like they can make it for the 2010 games. They’re hoping for a chance in 2014” when the winter games will be held in Sochi, Russia.

Tickets for the dinner are $30 per person or $50 for two.

Profits from the dinner will help pay for the quartet’s training, snowboarding equipment, travel expenses and entry fees for competitions, Mrs. Csincsak said.

Get tickets online at www.jsaksnowboarding.com or by phone at (440) 988-5480 or (440) 773-2934.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.