Burning desire: Vallarta Firefighters and Lifeguards Roll Out Fundraising Calendar

by Gary Green

December 24, 2010 — Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) — It’s a tradition as old as the Rockefeller Christmas Tree… well not really, but over the last few weeks we’ve come to expect and anticipate it just the same. That’s right; it’s the official release of the Puerto Vallarta Firemen and Lifeguards Calendar.  After Wednesday night’s launch at Nacho Daddy’s, you may need a fire hose to cool down.

Award-winning singer and songwriter, Kim Kuzma, kicked off the festivities with a crowd-pleasing performance of “It’s Raining Men” and the official introduction of the 24 Fire Fighters and Lifeguards featured in the inaugural fundraising calendar.  Chiseled abs, sculpted pecs and they put their lives on the line for a living.  Wouldn’t you know it – they’re also pretty nice guys, too.  Over 100 people were on hand and the beefcake was selling like hotcakes.  Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors, 100% of the 200 peso ($20 USD) calendars will benefit the Department’s training program and go to purchase state-of-art lifesaving equipment.

In addition to live music, tasty appetizers and refreshing beverages, a 50/50 raffle added to the kick-off festivities.  Vallarta newcomers and Maine transplants, Brad and Mary Jones, won the drawing and eagerly donated their $3,500 peso winnings back to the Department in which Fire Chief Hiram Fernández Abundis graciously accepted on behalf of his 90-member team of first-responders.

The 2011 limited edition calendar, featuring Mexican, US and Canadian holidays, was shot by award-winning  photographer, Josef Kandoll, and currently available at Andale Restaurant & Bar, Andales on the Bay, Anónimo, Apache’s Martini Bar & Bistro, Coffee Cup, Nacho Daddy’s Restaurant and Bar, PVRPV, Timothy Real Estate, Tropicasa Realty and Victors Bar & Grill.  For those in the US or Canada, log on to www.bomberoscalendar.com or email info@bomberoscalendar.com for availability.