CLEARWATER — A sexy calendar featuring a dozen beautiful and mature Clearwater women has raised more than $11,000 for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
The "Cougars of Clearwater" calendar spotlighted women ages 41 to 60, with the goal of inspiring other women while raising money for the aquarium.
They sold 900 calendars. Today, the calendar's models will present the aquarium with a check for the total proceeds, which actually amounted to $11,111.11.
"All ones — that's a little strange, right?" said Judy Barrows, a 53-year-old Clearwater Beach grandmother who came up with the idea for the calendar and posed on a Harley-Davidson at Pier 60 for her photo shoot.
The women posed in swimsuits, shorts, skirts and workout tops at sites around Clearwater.
Despite "cougars" being a stereotypical description of older women on the prowl for younger men, that's not what the calendar is about. Most of the women featured in it are in committed relationships, and several are married. They include a surgical nurse, a masseuse and a Realtor.
In the end, there were about 100 calendars left from a printing of 1,000 copies. Some were donated to veterans at Bay Pines VA Medical Center, and the American Legion just packed up 50 in gift boxes that are being shipped to U.S. troops overseas.
"They can mark off the days until they come home," Barrows said, "and they have something to look at at the same time."
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