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WOW releases 2019 charity calendar

WOW has produced a semi-nude calendar featuring its own members for seven years and all proceeds go toward the nonprofit’s mission of helping women and children in Haywood County.

Come purchase your copy of the 2019 calendar and have it autographed by the models. Meet the talented photographer behind this year’s calendar, Craig Burgwardt, and see behind-the-scenes outtakes from the calendar photo shoots taken throughout Haywood County. Frog Level is now serving food from their new kitchen, The Canteen, and Whiskey River Band will be providing live music beginning at 7 p.m.

“The WOW calendar is all about showing real women with real bodies and trying to expand the narrow societal view of beauty,” said WOW President Jessi Stone. “Our members are 25 to 75 and they’re all bold, strong and fun women making a difference in the community — that’s beautiful.”

Thanks to sponsorships from local businesses and the photographer donating his time, WOW can put all calendar proceeds toward helping other nonprofits. Since forming in 2012, WOW has raised over $175,000 to support other charities including Mountain Projects, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Girls on the Run of WNC, Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center, Radical Inclusion, Haywood County Schools Foundation, REACH, KARE and Western Economic Development Organization.

For more information about WOW or to purchase a calendar online, visit


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