Only in SD: Cupid Cleanup

A prize was offered to the volunteer who landed a phone number. These two got more than that.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Greg Bledsoe

    An annual event in San Diego offers singles the chance to meet that “someone special” while helping save the environment.

    Sound too good to be true?

    Only in SD: Cupid Cleanup

    [DGO] Only in SD: Cupid Cleanup
    An annual event offers the chance for singles to find a valentine while helping save the environment. (Published Friday, Feb 12, 2010)

    Meet Julie and Ken Potter. He went to the Cupid Cleanup four years ago hoping to find somebody. She didn’t but was open to anything.

    Organizers offered a prize to anyone who could get a phone number but Ken got more than that. “I got her phone number and I got a date with her the next day," he said.

    That day was three years ago. They’ve now been married for almost two years.

    "A million in one chance, who would’ve ever thought," Ken said.

    Julie’s advice to those seeking love this Valentine’s Day is to try to do something you wouldn’t normally do, like volunteer for an organization.

    That’s just what the Cupid Cleanup banks on. The organization “I Love a Clean San Diego” has been picking up what others leave behind for 50 years, picking up about 500,000 lbs of trash each year.

    “I don't want this coming out as we were trying to pick up trash, and I ended up picking up a wife,” said Ken. “ I didn't want it coming out like that."

    But no matter how you word it, two trashcans on the beach have never seemed so romantic.