Volume 95, Issue 59
Thursday, January 17, 2002
"W" calendars head stateside
Pensive men, pouty girls for sale in U.S.
Western's "W"-girls and "W"-boys are headed South in hopes of raising even more money for charity.
On Tuesday, Atkins arranged to send 1,500 calendars to Tacoma, Washington where they will be sold by Fire Donations, a charity organization raising funds for the victims of Sept. 11 and the sole recipients of Atkins' donation.
Joe Gagnon, director of operations for Fire Donations, said he agreed to help Atkins sell $15,000 worth of calendars the bulk of the remaining copies in order to reach the final goal of $40,000.
"It's been a very charitable and nice thing that the school and Canadian residents have done for us," Gagnon said, whose organization has received $9 million in donations from people in 45 countries. "We're certainly appreciative of the fact Lucas took on a very big task out of the kindness of his heart and we'll do what we can to help."
Gagnon said Fire Donations has yet to develop a plan to sell the calendars.
Atkins has sold $20,000 worth of the two separate calendars launched in November, which feature semi-clad Western students of both genders.
"All in all I think we have done a really good job," Atkins said. "It's been a lot of hard work, but I feel good about what we did."
Atkins said he has received a few hundred hits on the calendar's website, www.wcalendars.com, which was set up in December after demand from alumni outside of London.
January's calendar boy Colin Shaw said he is hoping his appearance in the calendar will give him ammunition for his upcoming interview with a modeling company.
"This whole thing has been fantastic for me," Shaw said, adding he was mobbed by women at both the calendar launch party and Sloan concert late last year. "Having my picture taken was fun and having my picture taken without clothes on was even more fun. Also, I've been able to meet a lot of good-looking girls because of it."
Miss March Bianca Gross has been somewhat surprised by the celebrity her appearance has brought. "There have been a few people who have recognized and said 'hi' to me on-campus," she said. "It's kind of weird sometimes I forget it's because of the calendar.
"But I'm really proud of what I've done," she added. "I never imagined I would have gotten as much out of this experience as I have."
Atkins said he is hoping to do it all again next year, provided he can find someone to take over the daily operations while he plays more of an advisory role.
"I'd expect we'd have more success," he said. "It would definitely be easier to do since we know what to do already."
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