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Four Military Wives Win “Pin-Up For A Day” Contest Sponsored By Nonprofit Organization, Pin-Ups For Vets

Pin-Ups For Vets Founder Gina Elise is on a mission to boost morale and show appreciation for sacrifices made by wives of active duty and deployed service members.

LOS ANGELES, California–February 10, 2012—On the morning of February 10, 2012, four deserving military wives from So.California will be chauffeured in a limousine, donated by Exclusive Sedan Service in North Hollywood, CA, and taken to the scenic Virginia Robinson Gardens at 1008 Elden Way in Beverly Hills, Califronia, where from 9:30 a.m. to 3 pm, they will styled by the Classic Glamour Dolls team and then photographed in the breathtaking garden settings. The photos and video captured during this special event will be a wonderful momento for the wives, as well as for their husbands, who are all active duty service members.

Gina Elise, CEO and Founder of “Pin-Ups For Vets”, an annual award-winning pin-up calendar project benefitting hospitalized Veterans is joining forces with the styling team of Classic Glamour Dolls and Los Angeles photoghapher Marcus Menchaca on February 10th to give four lucky military wives from Southern California a day they won’t forget. Sweet Romance, a vintage jewelry line based in LA has also donated some beautiful pieces for the wives to wear in their photos and also take home as a keepsake from the day. The wives will end the day at a surprise dinner donated by The Stinking Rose. North End Pizza in Los Angeles will be catering a delicious lunch for the military wives during the photo shoot.

“We wanted to boost the morale and show appreciation for the sacrifices made by these incredible wives of active duty service members,” said Pin-Ups For Vets Founder Gina Elise. “We put up a YouTube video on the internet asking our military wives in Southern California to submit letters or videos to tell us about their personal lives as military wives and why they would like to be “Pin-Up For A Day” in this contest.”

Elise explains, “We received many very touching letters from these special military spouses.”

One wife, who is also an Army Veteran herself elaborates, “ I guess I got a little caught up in how proud I am to be a military wife and support our troops and vets. I would LOVE to be a pin-up for a day because it has been a secret passion of mine. I think it comes from growing up with my grandparents telling me stories from back then. I found out years after my grandmother passed away that she used to be a vaudeville dancer. And yes she was a pin up! I have always thought pin-ups and actresses from that era to represent iconic beauty. They represent glamour, sophistication and a sexuality that is all Hollywood. As a military wife who struggles with the everyday demands of work and family in these tough times. I don’t get to feel glamorous, or sexy, or sophisticated. I work 40+ hours a week to take care of my family and home. We all have our worries and stress. I know mine are not as bad as others. I have a wonderfully blessed life. Being picked to be Pin-Up for just one day would allow me to become part of the glamour of yeasteryear and forget the everyday world for just one day.”

One husband who is a Soldier, nominated his wife saying, “I truly believe my wife deserves to have this opprotunity because she always puts the needs of others before her own. And I am asking now, that you too share her beauty and her story with the world. She would never do this for herself. Which is why I am writing you and not her. She does not even know I am doing this for her. So it would be a wonderful suprise. Especially since she has always loved pin-up girls and so do I.”

“With much difficulty, we selected four deserving winners, who will each be styled with a unique pin-up look and then photographed on gorgeous grounds of Virginia Robinson Gardens. It is our way of giving thanks to these wives who sacrifice daily. These four military wives are the spouses of service members representing the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force,” explains Elise.

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“The Hollywood Razzle Dazzle” Hosted by Pin-Ups For Vets Re-creates the 1940’s To Benefit Hospitalized Vets

 Pin-Ups For Vets Founder and Calendar Model, Gina Elise, is bringing back the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood for a unique fundraiser event to improve healthcare rehabilitation programs that support ill and injured Veterans across the U.S.

LOS ANGELES, California–February 25, 2012—Award-winning non-profit organization, Pin-Ups For Vets, is inviting the public to a fun-filled and nostalgic fundraiser event for hospitalized Veterans on the evening of February 25, 2012, at 9:00 pm, at The Colony, 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.  The “Hollywood Razzle Dazzle”  is a much-anticipated event in Los Angeles.

Dubbed by the deployed troops as “The Betty Grable Of A New Generation”, Gina Elise, CEO and Founder of Pin-Ups For Vets, an annual pin-up calendar project benefitting hospitalized Veterans, is joining forces with the styling team of Classic Glamour Dolls and The Pin Up Magazine to host this nostalgic 1940’s-inspired fundraiser event that will feature exciting performances by Hollywood’s hottest dance troupe, Miss Dakota’s Burlesque All Stars, a flashy performance by the singing Swing Dames, luscious desserts by Sweet Square, a calendar signing by calendar model, Gina Elise, featured in the 2012 Pin-Ups For Vets pin-up calendar, and a chance for local women to compete as pin-up girls in the “Miss Glamour Doll” pin-up contest.

“For this special fundraiser event that wil help improve our Veterans’ healthcare, we wanted to bring back the decade of the 1940’s when pin-up girls like Betty Grable boosted morale for thousands of brave service members fighting overseas during WWII,” said Pin-Ups For Vets  Gina Elise. “ The winner of the  “Miss Glamour Doll”  contest will win a complimentary LA N LA photo shoot ( a $500.00 value) with the Classic Glamour Dolls hair and make-up team, along with LA photographer, Markus Menchaca.  The winner will also be featured as “Pin-Up of the Month” in the April issue of The Pin Up Magazine and will also win a one year subscription to The Pin Up Magazine,”  explains Elise.

“This month of February also marks the week where citizens express appreciation to hospitalized Veterans. People are encouraged to visit hospitalized Veterans and become involved as volunteers to help out in local VA Hospitals.  More than 98,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services are cared for every day in VA medical centers, outpatient clinics, and nursing homes,” says Elise who is currently on a 50-state VA Hospital tour to make personal bedside visits and bring appreciation gifts to our Nation’s heroes.

Elise goes on to say, “ Our exciting “Hollywood Razzle Dazzle” event will be a great night for entertainment and will also bring attention to the importance of improving health care for our ill and injured Veterans in VA Hospitals across the United States.”

About Pin-Ups For Vets:

Gina Elise, Founder, CEO, and Model in the Pin-Ups For Vets annual calendar fundraiser project that benefits hospitalized Veterans, has made thousands of personal bedside visits to ill and injured Veterans to boost morale and deliver appreciation gifts during her 50-state VA Hospital Tour.  Elise has been dubbed by the U.S. deployed troops as “the calendar angel”  and has had 8 American flags flown over military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan in honor of the work her organization is doing to improve Veterans’ healthcare.  This popular calendar fundraiser project, that has earned serveral community service awards, has donated $50,000 to V.A. and military hospitals to help purchase much-needed rehabilitation equipment for physical, occupational and cognitive therapy programs that support hospitalized Veterans across the U.S.  The organization has released its 6th annual calendar.

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