PRESS | Press Release
Posted on 07/20/2012
South Florida Firefighters Calendar to Celebrate 20 Years of Sizzling Success and Charitable Initiatives with 2013 Anniversary Edition Unveiling at Seminole Paradise on August 30
Calendars to Benefit Here's Help, A Safe Haven for Newborns and Friends Forever Rescue
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – The South Florida Firefighters Calendar sponsored by One Beat CPR will celebrate 20 years of sizzling success with hundreds of thousands of dollars benefiting local charities at its 2013 edition unveiling on August 30, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. at Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The hometown calendar hunks will greet fans, pose for pictures and sign the $20 calendars at Center Fountain in support of Here's Help, A Safe Haven for Newborns and Friends Forever Rescue charities. Presale opens at 6 p.m.
The expanded calendar for 2013 is the organization's largest edition to date in the number of men featured within the new 13.5" x 9.5" format.
"For 20 years, our South Florida Fighters have been proud to shed their inhibitions in the name of local charities," said Lt. Luis Espinosa, calendar creator and South Florida Firefighters president. "And, this year we're celebrating our community commitment by showcasing even more men to appreciate – 37 in all - gloriously captured in a larger print format. Bring lots of water to our Seminole Paradise unveiling, as temperatures are destined to rise."
New scorching men of the months who range from 18 to 55-years-old are Pete Tozzi of BSO Fire Rescue; Carlos Barrientos, David Crespo and Michael Valentino Smith of Hialeah Fire Rescue; Charlie Mc Dermott, Ty McGain, Brian Montero, twins Alex Rousseau and Chris Rousseau and Kenneth Zapata of Miami Fire Rescue; Matthew Freeman and Michael Plana of Davie Fire Rescue; Ronny Arvelo of Hollywood Fire Rescue; Ted Pautauros and Lon Rosen of Key Biscayne Fire Rescue; Jake Nazar of Marathon Fire Rescue; Rodney Catalano, Paul Chang, John Di Blasi, Juan Ferrer, Clinton Foster, Paul Hoar, Walter Marquez, Jose Martinez, Norberto Masso, James Oliver III, Humberto Quintela, Jason Suite, Orville Taylor, Rodner Vincent, Carlos Xiques and Jamil Smith of Miami- Dade Fire Rescue and Frederick Catena, Mauricio Gonzalez and Samael Tejada of Oakland Park Fire Rescue.
Additionally, this year's calendar will feature a special retrospective of hotties from previous editions.
Founded in 1992 by firefighter and actor/model Luis Espinosa, the South Florida Firefighters Calendar has helped raise awareness about important community issues. To date, the non-profit organization has raised over $250,000 to benefit charities such as the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Habitat for Humanity's Hurricane Andrew Fund, Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Best Buddies, Cystic Fibrosis, A Safe Haven for Newborns, Friends Forever Rescue and Here's Help.
Additionally, in honor of the calendar's 20th anniversary, this year's firefighters have launched a new educational initiative to mentor high school students in the South Florida area. Once a month, the firefighters will meet with area students for two hours to help our youth become responsible, caring citizens by engaging in positive behaviors and enabling mentees to develop their character, academic interest and leadership abilities.
For more information about the 2013 20th Anniversary South Florida Firefighters Calendar, please visit www.firefighterscalendar.com. For information about the calendar unveiling special event at Seminole Paradise, please call (954) 585-5112.
About One Beat CPR
One Beat CPR is South Florida's premier American Heart Association (AHA) and American Safety Health Institute (ASHI) CPR Training Center. Founded by Lon Rosen, a 12-year Key Biscayne Fire Department veteran, the One Beat CPR team consists of firefighters, paramedics and police officers who deliver real life experience to make CPR training accessible, fun and informative for families, schools and businesses. The company is also an exclusive Philips partner offering defibrillators and accessories. For more information, please call (954) 321-5305 or visit http://www.onebeatcpr.com .
About Here's Help
Founded in 1968, Here's Help has become one of Miami-Dade County's premiere providers of residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment, annually serving 800 adolescents and young adults starting at the age of 13. Funded by local, state and federal contracts, Here's Help has excelled as a substance abuse treatment provider and is lauded by the Departments of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Children and Families (DCF), and Probation and Parole for its treatment, educational and preventive services. Recognizing the contribution of the agency's Alternative Therapies Program to the field of chemical dependency, the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association and DCF awarded this program First Place statewide as an Exemplary Treatment Facility in 2002.
About A Safe Haven for Newborns
A Safe Haven for Newborns began in response to the tragedy of infant abandonment in Florida. The Safe haven law is a safety net for both the mother and the newborn infant. Instead of abandoning a newborn to an almost sure death, it allows mothers, fathers or whoever is in possession of an unharmed newborn, approximately seven days old or less, to leave them at a Safe Haven facility - any hospital staffed 24/7, fire rescue station or emergency medical service station staffed 24/7 - with no questions asked, totally anonymous and free from fear of prosecution. Gloria M. Silverio Foundation – "A Safe Haven for Newborns" is a private, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.
About Friends Forever Rescue
Friends Forever Rescue is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization devoted to saving the lives of homeless and abandoned dogs, and finding them a loving home. Founded in 2000 by Dorothy "Dee" Chess, Friends Forever Rescue is a 100% No Kill organization that provides veterinary care, food, shelter and love to dogs in need.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to PLAYHARD! Play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida's ultimate entertainment destination. Over 90 tables offer Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker, Casino War and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Additionally, 2,500 slots include the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player's Club members also have access to the exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef's Table show kitchen. The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold 'em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe -Hollywood, part of Hard Rock's 138 globally recognized rock 'n' roll restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 19 restaurants, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, the Body Rock Spa, 21 boutique shops, 13 bars/nightclubs and lounges, the 400-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com or www.facebook.com/seminolehardrockhollywood .