A Kansas-based businessman tired of online dating has announced that he will pay $25,000 to whomever manages to find him a suitable girlfriend.
47-year-old Jeff Gebhart doesn't need someone to complete him, but he would like to meet someone to share his amazing life with, and he is willing to pay a small fortune to make that happen. The eligible bachelor claims that he has grown tired of traditional dating and hates online dating services, so he decided to try something special. Last week, he launched the website "Date Jeff G." and announced that he would gladly pay $25,000 to the person who can find him a girlfriend that matches his criteria.
"In a relationship, I'm supportive, open-minded, generous and fun. Basically, I'm a happy guy with an unbelievable life," Gebhart wrote on his website. "I don't need a person to 'complete' me, but I'm looking for a person with qualities that will allow us to complement each other. I'd like to find someone who is fun, easy to spend time with, someone who is confident, driven, shares the same interests as I and has a zest for life."
The girl of his dreams would also have to be funny and not take herself too seriously, be kind to others, share Jeff's values and positive attitude, and above all, she would have to love dogs, particularly the 47-year-old's pet canine, Gunner. The bachelor loves dogs, so much in fact that he is offering to make a $25,000 donation to a no-kill dog shelter or charity, in the name of the person who finds him a girlfriend, on top of the $25,000 promised as a prize.
We've seen people make similar offers before, more than once actually, but never this much. Let's face it, $25,000 isn't life-changing money for most people, but it's still a lot of money. Still, you should know that Jeff isn't simply giving it away just like that, there are some strings attached.
First and foremost, the matchmaker doesn't get the financial prize upfront. Gebhart and his suggested match would have to date for 365 consecutive days in order for the matchmaker to receive any money, and even then they would receive it in five annual instalments of $5,000. If Gebhart becomes single before the five years is up, the matchmaker doesn't receive any more money than what they have already earned. So if anyone is looking to make a quick buck, this particular endeavour may not be for them.
As for the ladies hoping to become Jeff's girlfriend, there are a few things that they should know as well. First, if they nominate themselves they are not eligible for the $25,000 prize. They also have to sign up via Jeff's website for the chance to be selected, and complete an online survey developed by a clinical psychiatrist. This allows the bachelor to sift through the candidates before meeting them or even seeing photos of them.
"You have a big number that apply, you put them through a Willy Wonka machine and the ones that come out are the ones that would be great candidates for me," Gebhart told KCTV. "Any one of them and that's without looking at pictures or knowing the chemistry or anything."
It's unclear how long this now viral dating campaign is going to last, but Jeff Gebhart has made it absolutely clear that the goal is not to get as much publicity as possible, but to find his perfect match.
"The main objective of this is to find the right girl for me, wherever she is," the entrepreneur said.