November 23, 2014

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Calender Gals (with a cause)

ELYRIA — A group of local women made a risque turn of the cheek to raise money at this year’s Elyria Relay for Life.
The group, from St. John’s United Church of Christ in South Amherst, risked a major sunburn earlier this year to create a provocative calendar to help raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
“This is our second calendar,” said Miss July, Doris Hall. “We came out with the first one in 2006 right after the British movie ‘Calendar Girls’ came out, and it all just fit. The movie was about losing loved ones to cancer and many of us have known someone who is either a survivor or someone who died.”
In the pictures, the women — who range from 51 to 97 years old — are covered in all of the important places using assorted props, but like Hall said, “It’s just enough to be provocative, and sex sells.”
The calendar girls set up shop to sell the calendars on the first turn of Elyria Catholic’s track where the Relay for Life got under way at noon Friday. Last year, they sold more than 500 copies.
“Aren’t they just the best?” Elyria Relay for Life organizer Bobbie Sears said of the calendar girls. “This whole event is just so much fun. We work on it all year long, so it is so wonderful when you get to see it all come together.”
The relay ran through the evening hours and into the morning, with men, women and children constantly pounding the pavement to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
“It’s such an important event, and we have so many people help out. I think we have around 200 volunteers,” Sears said.
To order a calendar, call Doris Page at (440) 986-3571 or Jan Page at (440) 323-3817.
Contact Joe Medici at 329-7152 or jmedici@chroniclet.com.

Relay schedule
7 a.m.: Sunrise ceremony and a balloon release
10 a.m.: Raffle announcements
11 a.m.: Closing ceremonies and awards
11:30 a.m.: Announcement of the 2008 relay’s theme
Noon: Final lap

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Doris Hall, of South Amherst, shows her page in the calendar of scantily clad older women that was put together as a fundraiser for the Relay for Life.
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Participants take to the track at Elyria Catholic’s football stadium for the relay.
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Take a tour through the 2007 Relay for Life calendar guided by the models.