Pin-Ups For Vets and Warrior Gateway have joined forces to raise money for hospitalized veterans by auctioning off a 2012 VW Beetle given away during Oprah’s final “Favorite Things” show. Inspired by the romance of bygone eras, especially the 1940s, Gina Elise the 21st century pin-up girl draws inspiration from the World War II pin-up girls, whose photos and paintings boosted moral for service members fighting overseas.
Starting at 9 a.m. PDT on October 17, 2011, interested supporters can bid on the 2012 VW Beetle on eBay auction item #: 170712491084.
All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Pin-Ups For Vets, a California registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, that works to improve the quality of life for hospitalized veterans across the United States. The highest bidder will receive an autographed copy of the 2012 Pin-Ups For Vets calendar, in addition to bringing home this special 2012 VW Beetle with a special boxed gift key from Oprah’s “Favorite Things” show.
“We are honored that Pin-Ups For Vets has asked us to join this auction to raise funds for our veterans,” said Devin B. Holmes, CEO of Warrior Gateway. “From providing funding for equipment for spinal cord injury patients in Salt Lake City to supporting the Armed Services YMCA in San Diego, Gina is an example of how one person can impact the veterans community, and is role model for all those who want to know how to give back.”
“I am excited to partner with Warrior Gateway,” said Gina Elise, founder and CEO of Pin-Ups For Vets. “Veterans and their families need better ways to find and connect with support organizations in their local community, and Warrior Gateway provides this valuable and free service for them. Our partnership shows how community collaboration is one of the cornerstones to successfully changing how veterans are supported.”
About Pin-Ups For Vets: Gina Elise, founder and CEO, has been dubbed the “Calendar Angel” and “The Betty Grable for a new generation” by today’s active duty service members. She is the creator and model in the “Pin-Ups For Vets” calendar fundraiser that supports America’s hospitalized veterans and recovering troops. In addition to raising funds to support Veterans’ healthcare programs, Gina has made countless personal bedside visits to ill and injured patients in VA and military hospitals across the U.S. and the globe, where she delivers her nostalgic pin-up calendars and posters that are donated by the public. Gina’s nostalgic pin-up calendar draws attention to Veterans’ healthcare, while at the same time honoring the four-year military service of her late grandfather. In 2009, The Los Angeles Business Journal and its members honored Gina Elise as ‘Volunteer of the year’ at their annual “Women Making A Difference” awards ceremony. Pin-Ups For Vets has donated $50,000 to date to expand physical, cognitive and occupational rehabilitation programs for V.A. and military hospitals nationwide. Visit the website, www.pinupsforvets.com.
About Warrior Gateway: Founded in 2009, Warrior Gateway connects individuals in the military community with organizations and programs (non-profit, government, educational or employment-related) in their neighborhood that are there to support them. Led by CEO Devin B. Holmes, Warrior Gateway harnesses state-of-the art technology and community collaboration to help today’s veterans make better decisions about what service providers they can go to for help, and have a public forum to share their experiences about the quality and effectiveness of those services. This innovation was recognized when Federal Computer Week honored Devin B. Holmes with a Federal 100 award for significant contributions to the Federal IT community. For more information, please visit: www.warriorgateway.org.
SOURCE: Pin-Ups for Vets
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