Women of A&E’s “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” Pose in Vets’ Calendar

Shannon Tweed-Simmons, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, and Tracy Tweed don 1940’s fashions to model in the award-winning “Pin-Ups For Vets” calendar that will help support hospitalized Veterans and deployed Troops in 2013.

Gene Simmons, entrepreneur, actor, bassist, and singer-songwriter from the rock band, KISS has always shown love and support of the United States Military through his visits to entertain the troops, his visits to Veterans Hospitals, his donations to help Wounded Warriors, and through his hiring of Veterans. 

However, in the upcoming months, it is Gene Simmon’s wife, daughter, and sister-in-law who will be in the spotlight for steping up to help America’s heroes, as their vintage-style photos appear in the popular 7th annual “Pin-Ups For Vets”calendar that will be sold to raise funds that will help to support America’s ill and injured Veterans in VA Hospitals and those troops deployed across the globe.

“Pin-Ups For Vets” Founder and model Gina Elise, who is in the middle of a 50-state VA Hospital Tour,  invited Gene and Shannon to join her on her visit to California’s Long Beach VA Hospital.  As they made their rounds of the hospital wards to thank and deliver the “Pin-Ups For Vets” calendars and “Kiss A Vet” T-shirts donated by the nonprofit organization’s supporters, many of the Veterans asked Shannon if she was in the 2012 calendar.  That was just the inspiration Shannon needed to do a photo shoot with her daughter and sister for the upcoming 2013 “Pin-Ups For Vets” fundraiser calendar, that is shipped to Veterans, troops, and civilians across the globe.

The Tweed-Simmons ladies showed up ready to “rock and roll” for a fun vintage-style photo shoot at Siren Studios in Hollywood, California.  “Pin-Ups For Vets” Founder and model, Gina Elise, was there to lend her expertise to help pose the ladies, as acclaimed photographer, Austin Young, captured gorgeous photos of the Tweed-Simmons trio.  The episode can be seen here: http://www.aetv.com/gene-simmons-family-jewels/video/kiss-a-vet-26622777

The 2013 “Pin-Ups For Vets” calendar is now ready for pre-sale orders and can be purchased for oneself, donated to a hospitalized Veteran or to a deployed service member.  Calendars are $10.00 each and are a tax-deductible purchase.  Veterans, troop supporters, pin-up fans, and fans of the calendar’s featured celebrities can visit the “Pin-Ups For Vets” website at www.PinUpsForVets.com and go to the “Order Now” page to order the popular 2013 calendars.  Website visitors can also learn more about this project, honored with many community service awards, and also honored by Oprah Winfrey and the deployed troops.  Funds raised by the organization have helped VA Hospitals purchase needed equipment.

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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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