Firefighters Calendar Press Release

The following press release was distributed to the media on November 19, 2009

Asbury Park Firefighters and ArtsCAP Unveil 2010 Calendar at Nov. 28 Gallery Show on City’s Boardwalk

ASBURY PARK, NJ – They are the heroes who risk their lives to protect the people of this city from fire and worse. But many people may see them only when the firefighters answer an emergency call.

That changes on Saturday, Nov. 28, when the firefighters of the Asbury Park Fire Department and the Arts Coalition of Asbury Park present the Asbury Park Firefighters 2010 Calendar at an official unveiling and gallery show starting at 7 p.m. in the Third Avenue Pavilion on the Boardwalk.

Firefighters who posed for the calendar will be there to autograph their photos in the calendar, which will go on sale then. Large color prints of the calendar photos will be on display but not for sale. There is no charge for admission to the show, which includes musical entertainment, wine and cheese, and other refreshments. Madison Marquette has provided the space for the unveiling.

The calendar concept resulted from a conversation in late September between ArtsCAP President Dennis Carroll, city Fire Chief Kevin Keddy and professional photographer Alan Barnett of Asbury Park and New York City. Six weeks of intense planning resulted in a two-day photo shoot by Barnett with the firefighters.

And, no, this is definitely not a beefcake calendar.

“This calendar was photographed with taste and discretion,” said Ginny Otley, chairwoman of ArtsCAP’s Fundraising Committee. All of the firefighters posed in the Asbury Park firehouse on Main Street and Asbury Avenue in uniform – although some posed shirtless – some with the equipment they use or on fire department trucks.

“They posed using the fire trucks, the heavy rescue truck, the brass pole, fire hoses with water, and in the laundry room and their sleeping quarters,” Otley said. “The guys who posed volunteered and had a whole lot of fun during the shoot.”

The calendar will go on sale the next day at stores on Cookman, Bangs and Mattison Avenues in downtown Asbury Park and the Boardwalk, and through the ArtsCAP website. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar will benefit the Asbury Park Firefighters Building Fund and ArtsCAP programs.

The firefighters created the building fund after engineers determined that the city’s current firehouse, built in 1899, has severe structural problems and the cost of renovating the building exceeded the cost of building a new one. The city is developing plans to build a new, ecologically friendly firehouse, and the firefighters are chipping in towards the cost of construction through various fundraising activities.

The ArsCAP programs that will benefit from proceeds from the calendar include the ArtsCAP Introduces Series, Collide-A-Scope/Night of the Arts, the Arts Tour and a new Professional Business Series for artists. Additionally, an Opera on the Beach will be performed this coming summer.

For more information on this event and many more happenings in Asbury Park, visit the ArtsCAP website, http://www.artscap.org.

ArtsCAP believes that art by its very nature enriches community life. As a coalition of artists, citizens and cultural organizations, the Arts Coalition of Asbury Park is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the arts through collaboration, advocacy and education. To learn more about ArtsCAP, visit our website at http://www.artscap.org.

(Photo: Alan reviews his photos with firefighter model Courtland Heyniger, by Rich Biletta)

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