Los Angeles, California—December 19, 2009 – Sexy Pin-Up-In-Chief Gina Elise, creator of the award-winning “Pin-Ups For Vets” Calendar fundraiser project, recently presented a $15,000.00 check to the Portland, OR VA Hospital to improve rehabilitation programs for Veterans and recovering troops. This was Elise’s third donation to a VA or military hospital in the U.S. since she began her pin-up calendar project in 2007 to help ill and injured Veterans.
Curvaceous and outgoing, Gina Elise has collected many awards along the way for her efforts to bring attention to and fund health care programs for our nation’s hospitalized Veterans. Elise has been honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as 2009 “Volunteer of the Year”, by the Daily Points of Light Foundation in 2008, and by the California Jaycees Foundation and California. Jr. Chamber of Commerce as 2007 “Outstanding Young Californian”.
Besides raising funds, Gina Elise has made thousands of bedside visits in hospitals across the U.S. to ill and injured Veterans and troops recovering from injuries sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan. She delivers “Pin-Ups For Vets” calendars, “Kiss A Vet” T-shirts and pin-up posters to the hospitalized Veterans she visits. All the gift items, complete with personal messages, have been donated by her supporters who purchase the gifts on Gina Elise’s website, http://www.PinUpsForVets.com. A Veteran who had sustained a traumatic brain injury spoke to Gina Elise for the first time, after having not spoken for a month since the injury. Another patient cried, “ This is the BEST thing that has happened to me in the VA hospital ! ”