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A dozen senior studs adorn fundraising calendar

In the 2009 Bachelors of Sun City Center calendar, Hank Missenheim is Mr. July. Even before the calendars go on sale Monday, they’re flying out the door. 

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In the 2009 Bachelors of Sun City Center calendar, Hank Missenheim is Mr. July. Even before the calendars go on sale Monday, they’re flying out the door. 

SUN CITY CENTER — Mr. July poses in a swimming pool, revealing his bare chest, big smile and full head of gray hair.

Mr. January strikes a debonair stance at a baby grand piano in his white dinner jacket tux. Mr. April plays it cool on the golf links.

The three studs are among a dozen pin-ups featured in the 2009 Bachelors of Sun City Center calendar.

The retirement community's singles were corralled by members of the Blue Thong Society — professional women who call themselves a "drinking club with a charity problem" — for a good cause.

They hope to sell enough of the $10 calendars to raise $10,000 for the all-volunteer Sun City Center Emergency Squad, said Dana Dittmar, the head of community relations of Sunrise Senior Living. She coordinated the calendar with the help of Jodi Bavetz from Bavetz Home Management and Shirley Hulsey, a Regions Bank branch manager.

Even before the calendars go on sale Monday at the business sites of the sponsors, they're flying out the door.

"We printed 1,000, and we almost presold half of them," Dittmar said.

A limited 100 signed copies go for $15.

More than three months ago, the women put a notice about the calendar in a weekly paper, searching for single men, she said. Nine responded. They found the rest of the men through online dating services using the Sun City Center ZIP code.

Photographers from Huth & Booth of Brandon donated their services, and the women found business sponsors throughout the Sun City Center area.

The bachelors will get a grand introduction at the Snow Ball on Saturday at Aston Gardens in Sun City Center.

"These are the most terrific guys," she said.

David Liehr, 66 — Mr. June — said he found out about the project from friends who said Dittmar was looking for more bachelors. In his photo, he's playing cards, though his great loves are golf and pool. Those scenarios were already taken.

"It's not my bag to be in the limelight," he said. But he's had a lot of fun and wanted to help the emergency squad.

"Do I think I'm going to meet someone out of it? I don't think so, but you never know," he said.

Saundra Amrhein can be reached at amrhein@sptimes.com or (813) 661-2441.

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Want a calendar?

For information about the calendars, call Dana Dittmar at (813) 944-8828.

A dozen senior studs adorn fundraising calendar 12/03/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:01pm]
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