The group also plans trips — as close as Mexico, which members hit often, and as far as New Zealand and Fiji, where they are going soon.Members can go on as few or as many events as they want."A lot of people think you have to be desperate, and that's not the case," Benigno said."I think it's hard to meet people in Tucson," said Jamie Wagoner, a 30-year-old physical therapist.The event Wagoner attended at the Melting Pot was for women ages 23 to 33 and men 25 to 35, but an Aug.14 event at Benihana is for women ages 29 to 39 and men 31 to 41.The Benignos say they can count some committed love connections that happened as a result of speed dating."It's great when you hear back that they're getting married," she said.
True to her word, the pool party (which cost members ) indeed offered both — chicken cooking on a grill and a variety of side dishes, while the guests chatted and hung out at the pool as loud '90s pop hits blared.
And it's going on right here in Tucson — although there's no guarantee you'll meet as many colorful characters as Steve Carell's character did in that scene in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin." The dominant name in the Tucson speed-dating scene is Cupid.com/ Pre Dating.
Sort of a hybrid of online dating and speed dating, all participants fill out online profiles on before going to one of the speed-dating "Pre Dating" events held by the national company.
Meeting 12 people in one night can obviously be very efficient, and the environment is fairly relaxed.
After the event, the speed daters log on to their profiles and give the yea or nay whether they want to meet anyone from the event again.
"I think part of it is because we're so spread out.