JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Why watch the season finale of The Bachelor on a small screen at home—when you could be in the company of people who have followed every moment of Season 21 and Nick Viall's quest for love?
Raven Gates won't be in attendance at "The Bachelor Watch Party Finale: Live after the Final Rose" happening at Pressly's Place in downtown Jonesboro on March 13 from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m. Due to contractual obligations with ABC , she can't even comment on the show. But, she has given her blessing to the fundraiser which benefits the Salvation Army.
"Actually Raven's store (Grey Suede) will be giving away a $300 gift certificate along with lots of other prizes," Tracy Gates, Raven's mother disclosed on Mid-Day with Diana Davis. "Actually, there will be lots of door prizes. Lots of fun and food."
The evening will feature The Bachelor being aired on big screen TV's at 320 South Main. Admission is $20. Monies raised will go to the Salvation Army.
"The Salvation Army actually helps lots of people," Chrystle Pressly, Salvation Army board member and organizer of the Watch Party said. "It has a shelter, hot meals every day and a pantry."
The Salvation Army is located at 800 Cate Ave.
Tracy Gates says her daughter has to follow strict rules set forth by ABC, the network airing The Bachelor on Monday nights at 7 p.m.
"She can't do any interviews or anything until after the season is over," Raven's mother said. "It's been very exciting! It's also been very tough on us." Tracy Gates explained what it was like when her daughter was gone for the tapings of The Bachelor. "We could have no contact," Gates said. "So that was very tough on us."
"What has it been like for you to watch, as a mother," Diana asked Tracy.
"There's been a few little things that you know… she's kind of warned us that Mom and Dad, you might not want to watch. And we don't!" Raven Gates has kept a low profile ever since The Bachelor tapings. She did attend the Class 3A girl's state basketball championship game in Hot Springs in which Hoxie High School won the state title.
"We're very proud of her and we think she has done Arkansas well," Tracy Gates said.
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