CALENDAR CELEBRATES WOMEN BEHIND THE SCENES IN HOLLYWOOD, BENEFITS CANCER SUPPORT CENTER

The first-ever calendar to celebrate women who work behind the scenes in the film and television industry is ready to make its debut. All proceeds from the sleek and stylish calendar will benefit weSpark (www.wespark.org), the Sherman Oaks, CA cancer support center started by actress Wendy Jo Sperber.

The Working Women Behind the Scenes calendar is the brainchild of entertainment food stylist Bonnie Belknap of Gourmet Proppers, who became familiar with weSpark when her mother, Corry, was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2001.

“I was inspired by the movie Calendar Girls to create a fundraising project for weSpark,” Belknap explains. “WeSpark gave me tremendous support, guidance and information throughout Mom’s illness. This calendar showcases 11 women whose faces are invisible to television and movie audiences, but whose impact on the final production is enormous. Working Women Behind the Scenes honors the memory of my Mom, acknowledges these very talented women, and gives back to weSpark for the invaluable role they play in the lives of cancer patients and their families.”

Unlike the cinematic Calendar Girls, the Working Women “models” are not au natural, but have been photographed in their natural work environment by entertainment celebrity photographer John Paschal. The fundraising calendar features women in food styling, craft service, set production, floral design, props, office administration, make-up, set decorating, costume design, flooring and animal training. The youngest is in her 20s, the oldest in her 60s. Each month’s photo features a yellow tulip to honor Belknap’s mother, who was Dutch.

The publisher is Utah-based Newsletters Ink. Calendar sponsors include B2V Salon (www.b2salon.com), C & C California (www.candccalifornia.com), Chick Chocolates (www.chickchocolates.com), Hanes (www.hanes.com), José Gilbért Jewelry (www.josegilbert.com), Sandy Rose Floral Designs (www.sandyrose.com), Starbucks (www.starbucks.com) and The Hand Prop Room (www.hpr.com).

“Every woman featured in this special calendar is elegant, beautiful, successful and a star in her own right,” notes Belknap. “Each represents hundreds of other women in little-known jobs in the entertainment business.”

Calendars can be purchased worldwide by emailing bonnie@gourmetproppers.com for a minimum donation of $20, plus shipping and handling. In addition, the calendar will be featured in entertainment industry events this fall and at holiday boutiques throughout the Los Angeles area.