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Church calendar features nude seniors

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (UPI) -- Members of a Massachusetts church said a calendar featuring primarily nude, male seniors has been an effective fundraiser for the congregation.

The First Parish in Framingham, a Unitarian Universalist congregation, said about two dozen of its older members posed nude with items strategically covering their private parts for the "Celebration 2012 Calendar," the Boston Globe reported Thursday.

"These are people who were involved for many years in our community, and they got involved with the project to help out,'' said Eva Benda, who coordinates marketing for the church. "And they bared all. And it's wonderful.''

Janet Drake, 76, the lone female featured in the calendar, was depicted in the image having her picture taken by nude photographer Walter Barker, 81. Barker said it was his idea to involve Drake as a way of tying the male calendar together with a female version made in 2006, which featured Drake as Miss June.

"I did this just for the fun of it and to support the church," Barker said.

Benda said about half of the original print run on $2,000 have been sold for $15 apiece. She said orders have come from as far away Ireland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Copyright 2011 by United Press International

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