FIREWORKS OF A DIFFERENT KIND: ASBURY SPARK PLAYS MATCHMAKER AT THE BEACH

Boardwalk romance, as old as the ocean, has gone digital with the introduction of Asbury Spark, the new blind-date matchmaking program launched by Madison Marquette on Facebook. 

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“We wanted to showcase how great of a date destination the Boardwalk is,” said Pasqualina Delucia, Madison Marquette. “There are so many activities at there and of course the beautiful and romantic Asbury Park beach.” 

Matt Shapelow, a spokesmodel at Parx Casino in Pennsylvania and Joe Lobosco, a Monmouth University student and public relations intern were the first to sample Asbury Spark’s dating adventure. 

“I jumped at the opportunity for an Asbury Spark date because I liked the idea of an actual blind 

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 date, rather than the online dating sites where people judge everyone based on photos,” said Matt. “I answered the questionnaire and a few days later someone called me about the date with Joe.” 

The Asbury Spark questionnaire on Facebook covers a lot of personal ground with basic questions (What qualities are you looking for in a mate? What personal goals you have?) and creative (Who your celebrity crush is and what makes you “Jersey”?) to make a professional question-asker, like me, happy. 

“There was a really good mix of questions they asked,” said Joe, 5’8”, 140 pounds with deep blue eyes. “I consider myself a walking fun time – spontaneous and down with whatever and I want a guy with a good sense of humor who speaks his mind and has a good body. The questionnaire easily got who I was and what I was looking for.” 

Matt’s top priorities in a mate include having goals for the future, a good job or a plan for a good job and strong family

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 focus. 

“I been on blind dates before that were very tragic,” said Matt who is 6’ 3”, 195 pounds. “Every gay guy knows friends with good intentions that, because they have two friends who are gay think just because they are gay they would be great together. The Asbury Spark date was nothing like that – it was real.” 

Matt and Joe’s Asbury Spark moment began at the Silverball Pinball Museum because both 24 year-old Matt and 21 year-old Joe never played a pinball game. 

After a half-hour of bumpers and balls at Silverball, the couple walked the boards to Langosta Lounge where they dined on stuffed chicken breasts and tuna sushi and drank a bottle of wine for the next two hours, compliments of Asbury Spark. 

“Participants can always expect that we have made every effort to make their match a good one,” said Pasqualina. “We are going to send them off to do something fun and have great food. We also pick up the tab – blind dates are stressful enough without having to worry about who is going to pay for what.” 

All the single ladies and gentlemen – straight, gay, any age – in the area can sign up on Asbury Spark’s Facebook page. Some of the most recent love-seeking entrants include a 41 year-old female designer looking for a successful man who is “chivalrous yet likes a modern woman”; a 22 year-old male choreographer looking for an athletic and tall man who is “a bit older”; a 31 year-old female speech pathologist who is interested in meeting both men and women as long as they are “honest, funny and passionate.” 

Judging from the guys’ feedback and the video chronicling the date online, it seems like Asbury Spark knows romance. 

“I really enjoyed the date and would rate it overall as a 10,” said Matt. “We plan to get together again and are texting a lot.” 

Ahhhh… modern love. 

Click for Asbury Spark’s Facebook page or the Asbury Spark Date Questionnaire.

Richard@TheBPlot.com 

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