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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It might come as a surprise, but not all of those ballpark or concert marriage proposals you hear about are real. Some are merely gimmicks meant to spin a little positive PR for the ballpark or the theater -- and that's if she says "yes."
Jimmy Raines will tell you that at least one of those very public marriage proposals is real. Three years ago, the 45-year-old Kentucky native asked his girlfriend, Tonya, a high school teacher in Kentucky, to marry him during a Bryan Adams concert at the Clay Center.
Adams returns to the Clay Center Thursday for another stop on his acoustic Bare Bones tour. Jimmy and Tonya will be there again, too.
When Jimmy saw the Canadian singer in 2010, it was the fifth time he'd taken his girlfriend to see Adams perform.
"The first time was at a show in 2005 at the baseball stadium in Charleston with Def Leppard," Jimmy said. "We're fans."
Jimmy said while he and Tonya had known each other for eight years, they'd only been dating for a year when the 2010 show rolled around. But things were getting serious. When he scored front tickets to the singer's show, he couldn't think of a better place or time to pop the question.
"I started making plans," he said. "I went out an bought a ring."
Tonya had no idea.
So, partway through the show, after Adams played his hit, "Let's Make a Night to Remember," Jimmy leaned over to Tonya.
She said, "I'm just there singing along, and after the song 'Night to Remember,' Jimmy whispers, 'Do you want to make this a night to remember?'
"The next thing I know, he's in the floor on one knee and holding open a ring box with a gorgeous diamond in it.