Bill Green's Maine to feature Lions Club calendar
FORT KENT – While in the area covering the Junior World Cup Biathlon, famed television show host Bill Green of Bill Green's Maine stopped by Rock's Family Diner in Fort Kent on Tuesday night, 4 March, to interview several of the male models and organizers from the Fort Kent Lion's Club calendar.
Last year, as a major charity fundraiser, the local Lions Club released a 24-month calendar featuring near-nude pictures of local men. For Green, it was a familiar story, because he featured the first calendar in 2006 on his show.
Lions Club Calendar Committee chair, Paul Berube, said Green has maintained an interest in the local civic group of the Lions Club after the initial story. “Bill has always contacted me across the years, saying gee whiz, what's the Fort Kent Lions Club up to?”
So far, calendar sales have topped $26,000, which the club is donating to LifeFlight of Maine, the Edgar J. “Guy” Paradis Cancer Fund and the University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation.
However, Berube said there is more potential for the two-year calendar, which features two dozen pictures of the beautiful St. John Valley with local business leaders, law enforcement, doctors and other professionals in various states of dress and undress engaged in local activities such as fishing, enjoying the wilderness and working at local professions. Berube asked Green to help promote the project. “I called him and he said, absolutely, I'll come up and do something for you guys,” said Berube.
The men learned of Green's impending visit on Tuesday afternoon, and nine of the 23 models showed up for the interview. The group were enthusiastic while describing their experiences with the calendar. All of the men cited the need to support the various charities as their motivation for baring it all.
Berube said the sales for the calendar should jump when Green's show airs on March 17 on WLBZ2, Bangor.
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