The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce produced a humorous calendar that features 30 respected local businessmen who agreed to cast aside their modesty for fundraising. The photos show men in various stages of undress, often with just a “prop” that relates to their business. “These men have really been great sports in the interest of raising funds for charity. The calendar will promote their business and their sense of humor,” said Lisa Konicki.
Fordan Bonardi of Pawcatuck, a professional photographer, donated his services to photograph 10 months of the calendar and the cover. Christine Corrigan of Pawcatuck, another professional photographer, donated two photo shoots to support the project.
Calendars are sold at more than 30 locations in the community. The work was coordinated by the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce, and all expenses are being incurred by The Chamber as well. However, the Chamber is sharing profits with the Westerly Adult Day Center, Westerly W.A.R.M. Shelter, and St. John’s/St. Ann’s Food Pantry. Those groups benefit from $10 of each calendar they sell.
Calendars such as this one are produced successfully in communities all over the country, including the 2002 Men of Maple Corner Calendar in VT, 2002 Women of Tamworth calendar in NH, and Still Magnolias calendar of Aiken, SC, featuring women 60-84. In 2004 there was the Wearing Wool Calendar in ME and in 2005 there was a Men of Wickford calendar in RI.
The Men of Westerly Calendar features a diverse group of businessmen who are all members of the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce and supportive of the local charities involved. They range in age from 25 to 80.
The calendars were unveiled for the first time publicly on Wednesday, November 5th at the Granite Theatre. Tickets to attend the “Men of Westerly Revealed!” event included a calendar, wine, foods and a chance to meet the models, view the pictures for the first time, and receive autographs. Models were introduced on stage and their photos were simultaneously revealed.
A limited number of calendars are available for sale on a first come first serve basis. A list of locations that are selling calendars is on the Chamber’s website www.westerlychamber.org, where they may also be purchased online.
Men of Westerly-Pawcatuck Calendar Sales Locations:
• Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce, Westerly
• Adam’s Garden of Eden, Pawcatuck
• Amanda’s Pantry, Westerly
• Avie’s Ski and Sports, Westerly
• Bella Vita Salon, Westerly
• Bogue’s Alley, Westerly
• Carrie’s Shoes, Westerly
• Co Co’s Salon, Pawcatuck
• Dick’s World of Wines, Westerly
• Dunn’s Corners Market, Westerly
• Dylan’s, Westerly
• Elite Cleaners, Westerly
• Exceptions Consignments, Westerly
• The Fun Company, Westerly
• Lifestyle Home Furnishings, Westerly
• Nigrelli’s Jewelry, Westerly
• Other Tiger Books, Westerly
• Parcel Center, Westerly
• Parkside East Bed & Breakfast, Westerly
• Pizza Place, Westerly
• Prime Time Café, Pawcatuck
•St. Mary’s/St. James Food Pantry, Charlestown
• Seven Eleven, Westerly
• Subway, Westerly
• The Devine Touch, Westerly
• Uptown Salon & Day Spa, Westerly
• Vesta Bakery, Westerly
• WARM Shelter, Westerly
• Westerly Adult Day Services, Westerly
• Zoe & Company, Westerly