TAMPA - Every year in the fall, lots of pinup calendars featuring beautiful women go on sale. The folks at Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino produce their own, but with a slightly different approach.
The Tampa venue was the backdrop for the 2013 calendar photo shoot this week. 20 female employees were selected out of 115 from the Tampa Hard Rock to be featured in the newest edition, which goes on sale this fall.
This is the seventh calendar to be produced by the Tampa Hard Rock. The models are not professionals and many have other plans.
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"This is my fourth year for this calendar, " said 23-year-old Sarah Nitti. "I have a lot of things I want to do with my life. Right now, I'm going to school to get my degree. I really want to become a designer and make bathing suits."
So what makes the Hard Rock calendar any different from, say, the annual Hooters version?
"I know there are a lot of calendars out there, but only the Hard Rock can do a calendar that's classy and sexy." said Hard Rock spokesperson Gina Morales. "A lot of these girls do this part time. They work as cocktail servers, they're going to school full time and really it's a way for us to help bring that kind of talent here and want them to be here and work here. So it's an extra perk for them."
Tampa is the only Hard Rock venue to produce a calendar and sales are all local, Morales said.
As for the money, a portion of the proceeds from sales goes to charity.
"The last, I'd say, six years we've given the money to The Spring of Tampa Bay," Morales said. The Spring is a certified Domestic Violence Prevention and Emergency Shelter Agency located in Hillsboough County.
The 2013 calendar, available only at the Hard Rock store, will cost around $10 for the first week and $14.99 thereafter.
After it's released, the models will take on ambassador roles with appearances throughout the bay area at charity events and calendar signings.
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