What started with a Facebook post by Karen Stanford in 2012 has developed into a multifaceted nonprofit organization aiming to “stomp out” domestic violence and support abuse victims.
Stanford, founder and photographer of the Connecticut Calendar Girlz, whose 2018 issue will be its sixth, says she created the organization as a means to give back to the community, something she has been doing since she was young.
“I’ve been involved in a massive amount of campaigns and fundraisers, so I wanted to start something on my own, something that meant a lot to me,” she says.
The Connecticut Calendar Girlz will celebrate the release of its 2018 calendar with a launch party at Old Well Tavern in Simsbury on Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. Admission to the event is free, and it includes the opportunity to meet members of the organization, purchase merchandise and the new calendar, and win door prizes.
When Stanford reached out on social media to find models for the first calendar, published in 2013, she quickly found about a dozen women who were interested not only in being photographed but supporting the cause.
“When women get involved, it’s because they want to. There’s a level of commitment that comes from all of us,” says Heather Roe, a member of the organization.
The calendars feature women modeling in pin-up style portraits and classic cars at various locations in…
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