February 25, 2012

A $5 Ticket to the 1940s

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Pinups for Vets

The non-profit Pinups for Vets is celebrating the 1940s tonight at the Colony, at 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, complete with pin-ups, swing and burlesque.

Founder Gina Elise started the organization, which primarily sells calendars and holds fundraisers like this one, in 2007. She recalls how the project came about:

A few years ago, I started seeing news articles about under-funded Veterans’ healthcare programs. Then, there were stories about older Veterans who lay in bed day after day, never receiving any visitors. Reports started surfacing on TV about the severe injuries sustained by our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The more I heard about the uphill battles of our wounded soldiers, the more convinced I was of the need to produce a project that would bring in funds to support all of our hospitalized Veterans.

My late Grandpa Lou served in the army for 4 years during World War II. I wanted to do something to honor his name. I always loved the romance of those bygone eras — especially the 1940’s — and I drew inspiration from the World War II pin-up girls, whose photos and paintings boosted morale for our soldiers fighting overseas.

Join in tonight at 9:00PM. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more details, visit the Facebook page.

Image from Pinups for Vets.

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