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Calendar models step out for United Way

August 31, 2005

The Calendar Men of Hood River will kick off the annual United Way fund-raising drive today at Stonehedge Gardens Restaurant.

The 12 “centerfolds” will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. to autograph copies of the 2006 calendar. Five signed editions that feature a lineup of government and business leaders are also being sold in the silent auction.

On the following evening, the local celebrities will join the First Friday crowd in downtown Hood River. They are promoting the benefit calendar that will be available until the end of the year at Twiggs, Hood River Stationers, Waucoma Books, At Home and Lucy’s Informal Flowers. Residents of outlying communities can pick up a copy at Mt. Hood County Store. The calendars cost $20, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to United Way for its family and human service programs.

Gordon Sato, a United Way board member, helped enlist the help of local men for the project. He felt it would be a good way to raise money since a similar edition in Junction City had netted $250,000 in one year. When notable Hood River photographer Susan Crowley and graphic artist Micki Chapman volunteered to lend their talents to the design, Sato had no problem selling people on the idea.

In addition to Sato, the following individuals volunteered for a risque pose: Dr. Bob Wymore, retired physician; Chuck Thomsen, orchardist and county commissioner; Jerry Jaques, attorney for both the Hood River and Cascade Locks port districts; Glenn Taylor, former mayor and owner/broker of five Windermere Realty firms; Dr. Ralph Carter, with the Hood River Medical Group; Bob Hanel, head of Hanel Development Corporation; Rodger Schock, county commission chair and owner of Schock Welding; Steve Gates, former mayor and owner of Big Winds; Phil Jensen, president of Luhr Jensen and Sons; John Vann, librarian for Hood River Middle School; and Fred Duckwall, president of Duckwall Pooley Company.

Refreshments will be served at Stonehedge during the Aug. 31 United Way fund-raiser kickoff.

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