The Western Nights Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction on Friday isn’t just for singles. Couples also will enjoy the event, said Lindsey Rosenlieb, director of marketing for the United Way of Aiken County.

“It will be fun, even if your intention isn’t to come out and bid on a date,” she said. “You can have a good time and listen to music, and the auction is entertaining to watch.”

Conducted by the United Way’s Professional Division, the auction will be held at The Red Barn, 187 Chime Bell Church Road, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Proceeds will go to the United Way, which recently kicked off its 2013 fundraising campaign.

A deejay will be in charge of the music, and the USC Aiken Dance Team and Burns Dance Studio students will perform.

The Western Nights program also will include karaoke and line dancing. There will be a silent auction with a variety of items, including wreaths and a print donated by the Aiken Junior Women’s Club.

“We had done a tropical theme for the first two years of the Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction, but this year we decided to try a western theme,” Rosenlieb said. “We want everyone to wear western attire, and we’re calling the bachelors and bachelorettes cowboys and cowgirls.”

Among the bachelors and bachelorettes scheduled to participate in the auction are Barclay Bishop and Ashley Bridges of WJBF Channel 6 in Augusta; Nola Grant, 2012’s Miss Black South Carolina, and Samantha Caniglia, banquet manager at Newberry Hall.

Tickets for the Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction are $30 per person. Sponsorship opportunities and corporate tables also are available. For more information, call Rosenlieb at 803-648-8331.

The United Way of Aiken County supports more than 30 agencies and 50 critical need programs.

Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard.

She has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.