ANDOVER — Women who were holding out for a hero found a cache of them last night at Glory.

More than 100 women turned out for the restaurant's first "UNWEDnesdays" — a series of events designed to attract single men and women in the area.

"We are just having fun," said Adrienne Pappadopoulos, the owner of the restaurant, about the series she started. "Fresh themes for singles, that are tongue-and-cheek."

The first event, the "Rescue Me Fireman Singles Party," brought about a dozen firefighters from across the region to Glory. Lauren Boccelli — host of the online radio show "The Void" and an aspiring firefighter — emceed the event.

"Who can resist a man in uniform?" asked Boccelli, who hoped to raise a lot of money for charity last night.

The tagline to the restaurant's advertising: "If Boston's bravest leave you breathless, we have a feeling you'll have no trouble getting some mouth-to-mouth."

The firemen chatted with an appreciative female audience. The women bestowed colorful stickers on their favorite specimens of maleness. At the end of the night, dates with four firefighters were auctioned for charity.

"It's just something fun and different to do," said Justine Mariano of Methuen.

The house with the firefighters who collected the most stickers won a portion of last night's proceeds to use for a charity of their choice.

"When it comes to charity, there is no limit," said Lynn firefighter Matt Patterson. "A lot of firefighters do what we do because we love to help people."

At press time last night, stickers were still being collected.

"I think it's great," said Stoneham firefighter Lt. Mark Chabak. A date with Chabak won last night's high bid of $200. "It's something different to do."

The idea for the series aimed at singles was the brainchild of Pappadopoulos. She was inspired to have a firefighter-themed event after hearing about similar events in New York.

"And I personally think firemen are worth celebrating," Pappadopoulos said. "I think my affection for firemen is a pretty common one."

Those who attended the event seemed to agree.

"We are having a wonderful time," said Pina Russo, who attended the event with her friend Leighann Russo, a North Andover native. "We were hoping there would be some Andover firefighters. Oh well."

For more about the upcoming events in the series, check out it's Facebook page, search for UNWEDnesdays.

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