After wrapping up their time in Mexico, a couple of Bachelor in Paradise stars reunited over the weekend at Velocity 5 in Centreville, VA and Lost Society in Washington, DC to host “One Night in Paradise.”
Organized by Ashley Iaconetti and other stars including newly engaged Jade Roper, Carly Waddell, Jared Haibon, JJ Lane, Joe Bailey, Juelia Kinney, Joshua Albers and Lauren Iaconetti, the cast spent two nights mingling with hundreds of fans to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Capital Area Chapter and INOVA Fairfax Hospital Child Life Services.
“We raised over $20,000,” Ashley I. tells Life & Style. “It was a lot of work and a lot of mingling, but it was so worth it and all the fans are awesome!”
Apart from spending the majority of the time snapping pictures and chatting with fans, the cast created their own version of Jenny McCarthy’s Singled Out show and chose lucky girls from the raffle to go on one-on-one dates with Jared and JJ.
“Basically we pulled some names out of a bin and four girls got to come up to the front. I had formed some questions based on my knowledge of [JJ and Jared] and asked them questions that would help the guys pick a girl for a mini 20 minute date in the VIP room,” Ashley tells us. “That was the most fun for me.”
Despite getting to date Kaitlyn Bristowe on The Bachelorette and Tenley Molzahn on Bachelor in Paradise, who JJ claims to just be “one of [his] closest friends,” the former villain says “dating’s still a challenge.”
“It’s tougher because you have a lot more potential girls to date, but you never know who’s genuine and who’s in it for the right reasons,” JJ tells Life & Style. “It definitely opens the door to meeting a lot more girls, so I’m not complaining at all. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.”
The guys at the benefit event were still accepting roses, which were donated by Urban Stems and Palace Florists. Joshua, who welded a rose for Kaitlyn, welded two similar roses that were auctioned off and sold for $350 and $450—the biggest sellers of both nights!
Even though the rest of the cast wasn’t able to make it—Tanner FaceTimed in to say hi to the crowd—Ashley says, “It was really great to have everyone together for an extended period of time and for them to be at my house, it was like my house became the Bachelor Mansion for two days and that was awesome!”