February 22, 2012 - BY TREVOR TURNER
From left are Ray Gutierrez, Jesse Kessler, Dustin Kring, Jordan May, Alan Marchio, Matt Craig, Leslie May, Anton Anton Rozhanskiy. Photo provided (click for larger version)
Special to the Clarkston News
Local friends decided to team up to create a calendar in support of breast cancer.
Jordan May of Clarkston was the brains behind the operation when he thought of making a calendar themed, Breads 4 Breast.
He said the idea came to him during "No Shave November."
"Every year some of my friends and I grow out beards for 'no shave November,'" he added.
Raising money for breast cancer brought a deeper meaning to May.
"A close family friend of mine was going through treatment at the time and I thought that it could be a different way of showing support and helping," explained May, whose friend's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer about a year ago.
While the calendar is still young since its release for sales, May said it has already exceeded his expectations.
"We have received several emails from people all over Michigan that have seen our Facebook page and want to know what they can to do to help and if they can be in the calendar next year," he said.
The most difficult part of creating the calendar was trying to find a way to lower the cost of making it so when all is said and done the donation would be larger.
May overcame the hurdle by finding local sponsors willing to open their wallets and donate. Plus, the models threw in some money.
Among the companies who donated were Dead Sea Natural Cosmetics, Gutierrez Painting, I Smart Trivia, and The Print Shop.
"I would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity in helping with the calendar and supporting a good cause." said May.
For the calendar itself, May said Dustin Kring, who took the photos and created the layouts, did an amazing job.
But one picture that has been getting recognized for its blooper, but, not on Dustin's part is Mr. January, Jesse Kesller.
"Jesse didn't have a keen fashion sense that day and made the mistake of wearing white socks with black shoes and black pants," said May. "I'm not sure he will be able to live that one down with the ladies."
In the end, May said it took a lot of time and effort from everyone involved with the calendar to get it created.
"I knew from the beginning we have a great group of friends - making the calendar a fun time for all of us," he added.
For more information, email them at Beards4Breasts@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page - Breads 4 Breast Cancer Organization.