If I had to name the No. 1 item on my grown-up, fantasy Santa list, it would probably be this: a DOUBLE DATE WITH KRISTEN BELL AND DAX SHEPARD. And now, my dream might actually come true, if a recent Instagram post from the Hollywood power couple is to be believed.
Clad in matching holiday sweaters (obvs), and each two signs that read, “You could double date with us!” the duo announced the contest terms today on Instagram. Bell and Shepard are raising money for Opening Act, an organization that serves high school students in underprivileged areas of New York City. And by entering the contest, you are throwing your hat into the ring for the chance to dine with the funniest couple in Hollywood.
According to the official entry page on Omaze, Opening Act is devoted to “leveling the playing field” for students in some of New York City’s most under-served public high schools by “offering students opportunities to develop leadership, community and commitment through its innovative, high quality, free theater programming.”
Here are the details on the Bell-Shepard extravaganza, according to Omaze:
“You and a friend (spouse, Tinder date, mother-in-law… maybe stick with a friend) will join their winter wonderland that is game night: freshly baked cookies, hot cocoa with those little marshmallows and of course matching holiday sweaters. The games you’ll play? It’s totally up to you… but they do have a favorite in mind (hint: it rhymes with ‘mettlers of a fan’).”
Also, as if all of that isn’t enough to make you squeal with excitement, if you’re chosen as a winner, you and a guest will also get flown out to LA and stay in a 4-star hotel! Honestly, I’d sleep in a shed in Kristen Bell’s backyard if she let me, but fine; I guess I’ll take the swanky hotel bed and room service. If you insist.
Seriously though, this is such a win-win. Help NYC’s students receive the education they deserve AND have freshly baked cookies, hot cocoa, and play games with these two?! Sign. Me. Up.
Kristen and Dax are known for being one of the most down-to-earth Hollywood couples there is, regularly connecting with their fans on social media and basically, telling it like it is whenever they get the chance. Bell in particular has been incredibly candid in recent years, opening up about her struggles with anxiety and depression, advocating for mothers to publicly breastfeed if they so choose, and sharing countless relatable moments of her parenting journey (like having a messy AF house and dealing with temper tantrums).
It’s thanks to their joint humor and relatability that we all feel like we could totally hang out with them on the reg. And now, here’s our chance, people!
If you’re wondering where your money will go, the entry page features a breakdown by donation, starting with $25, which supports an Opening Act student for one workshop, all the way up to $1,000, which supports two Opening Act students for a full year.
And how about some extra perks as you get ready to open your wallet for such a good cause? A $2,000 donation gets you an autographed Veronica Mars poster (you know you want one). And a $25 donation will earn you a digital thank you note from the duo! (Unfortunately, the best prize — a personalized voicemail from the couple — is already sold out. Not surprisingly!)
I don’t know about you, but I’m about to grab my credit card and say a prayer to the celeb gods that my husband and I might be hanging out with Kristen and Dax one day soon. Heck, I’ve already bought my holiday sweater — I’m comin’ for you, Kristen and Dax!