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When an organization whose unofficial motto is, “we put the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional” decides to do a fundraising calendar, you just might expect something out of the ordinary - and SD Gunner Fund’s “Dudeoir” Calendar will not disappoint!
For those less familiar with the bizarre, “Dudeoir” refers to a dude’s take on women’s boudoir-style photography. The result of which ends up being more silly than sexy. Picture your average Joe with beard and bear belly posing like a pinup girl and when you’ve conjured up a mental image that you can’t unsee - that’s dudeoir.
SD Gunner Fund, a nonprofit based out of Richmond Hill, among other things, assists in providing service dogs for veterans and children with disabilities. Funds raised from the calendar sales will go toward furthering their mission, “No disability shall go unseen. No Veteran shall be alone. 22 Veterans a day is inexcusable.”
The calendars, aside from the male models, also features pit bulls currently available for adoption from Operation Pitbull: Finding Forever Homes which is located in Jesup. Tammie and Michael Kolb rescue pit bulls from area shelters to keep them from being euthanized. Most of the dogs used in the shoot are currently available for adoption.
“Today was about raising awareness on many different platforms,” SDGF founder Britnee Kinard explained. “We chose the dudeoir theme because we wanted to make this fun and outside the norm. However, our main focus was to take veterans and pit bulls, who are often misunderstood, and show everyone that they’re not dysfunctional.”
“These pit bulls need homes - good, loving homes. We can’t use them as service dogs for various reasons, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve a full and loved life. When I told the guys what we were doing, they didn’t hesitate or bat an eye. Majority of them said, ‘whatever it takes to help them... I’m in!’ That is what I loved most about this shoot,” she said.
“We have laughed more today than I can remember doing in a very long time,” Kinard continued. “Our hearts are full and we are hoping that someone out there will see our calendar and want to adopt these awesome dogs!”
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