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He’s easily the most popular guy in Bachelor Nation, yet he’s never starred in any of the shows, much less appeared on-screen. Who is he? Elan Gale, one of the producers of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor Pad — and good friend to pretty much every lead and contestant the show has seen since he first joined the franchise!

This past weekend, Elan hit the big 3-0. And none other than Sean Lowe and fiancée Catherine Giudici RSVP’d to his October 26 birthday bash at Bar Chloe in LA.

Those who couldn’t be there Saturday sent their love out to Elan over Twitter. Among the many who posted their well-wishes: Chris Harrison, Courtney Robertson, Arie Luyendyk, Jr., Chris Bukowski, Jaclyn Swartz, Jenna Burke, and William Holman.

Credit: Instagram Photo: Elan Gale Celebrates His 30th Birthday in Hollywood

But Elan’s birthday weekend was about more than just cake and booze — there was also a heartwarming charitable aspect to it. In lieu of presents, Elan asked his friends and Twitter followers to donate to Next Door Solutions, an organization focused on helping victims of domestic violence.

“It’s a cause that means a lot to me,” Elan tells Wetpaint Entertainment. “I first heard about if a few years ago and I’ve been involved with it ever since. But you don’t even have to know me to donate. Anyone can give.”

If you do decide to donate — and we’re going to — make sure you put “theyearofelan” in the matching gift box column. Elan will match your donation, up to the first $5,000 — but only if you use that code! And just to show his thanks, if you tweet at the birthday boy that you donated, he’ll personally tweet you back!

It’s always nice to see Bachelor Nation come together to raise money for worthy causes, and it’s just one more reason we love the show so much.

Happy Birthday indeed, Elan!

Beth Sobol is editor at large at Wetpaint Entertainment. As our resident reality TV spoiler diva, Beth has all the scoop on the Housewives, The Bachelor, and The Bachelorette. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!