Lake Helen grandmothers bare all for calendar

Proceeds to help veterans

LAKE HELEN, Fla. - Wearing nothing more than smiles and a few strategically placed props, 12 pinup girls from Lake Helen are baring it all for a good cause.

But these models are proving that the word "sexy" knows no age limit -- most of them have grandchildren.

The ladies of Auxiliary Post 127 have been trying to raise enough money to bring the kitchen at their legion building up to code. When bake sales weren't cutting it, they decided to cook up something a little spicier.

Inspired by the 2003 movie "Calendar Girls," the mature women decided to pose nude for a calendar and use the proceeds to help renovate their kitchen and donate to the veterans they support.

Pat Chadwick, the photographer for Lake Helen's City Observer came up with the idea, and said she had no trouble finding willing models.

"I said, 'How about a calendar?' And that was it," Chadwick said. "They ran away with it."

Miss June, Betty Pfahler, is outfitted as a summer bride in her spread. She's 5 feet 3 inches tall, 125 pounds and 87 years young.

"I thought, 'Why not?'  It's an adventure, and it's for a good cause," Pfahler said.

Barbara Montgomery, 66, had just one question when Chadwick asked her to pose as Miss April.

"When? How soon?"

The models range in age from 44 to 87 and said they like being representatives of real women -- and so do their husbands.

"My husband's really proud. He keeps running around saying he's married to Miss November," De D'Onofrio said.

The organization needs about $10,000 to redo their 60-year-old kitchen. After that, they plan on cooking up spaghetti dinners for the whole community to enjoy.

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