Real-Life Calendar Girls

A cause compelled a close-knit group of women to become real-life "Calendar Girls."

Carlene Roelke from Prairie du Sac is Miss August.

Roelke lost both of her sons within 18 months.
Son Michael died two days before his 17th birthday.
Later, Roelke's 21-year-old son Andy died in a motorcycle accident.

Roelke's friends, who are nurses, came up with a remedy to try to help heal their friend's pain.

All of the women bared their skin just a bit for a calendar to raise money for a scholarship fund in the boys' names.

"It's been mixed blessings, but it's also given me opportunity to talk about my boys. That's what I like to do," says Roelke.

Adds Miss January, Bette Hossman:
"I think we thought we were an intimate group before we did this, but after we got done doing the photo shoots we became much more intimate. It was a lot of fun doing it."

The women say they have between 100 and 150 calendars to sell out of about 1,000 that were produced.
The calendar costs $15.

You can pick one up in Sauk City at Hall's Drug Store or Prairie Flowers.

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