Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Hampton Roads’ Hunks Go Shirtless to Raise Funds for Norfolk’s SPCA

The Granby Theater in downtown Norfolk will be transformed the evening of Saturday, October 7 for the Norfolk SPC’s Second Annual Magic Mutt Calendar Debut Party.  The 2018 calendar features photographs of 14 of Hampton Roads’ hottest hunks and cats and dogs cared for by the Norfolk SPCA.

More than 140 area men answered the shelter’s call for handsome, fit guys who wanted to be part of the second annual calendar and build upon success of the calendar produced last year.  Competition was fierce as fourteen men made the final cut and were photographed at locations throughout Norfolk.

Courtesy Fresh Look Photography

Thirteen of the men appear in the 2018 calendar with Norfolk SPCA shelter pets while one model appears with an owned pet selected through an online dollar-per-vote contest. The gentleman selected for the calendar’s cover was chosen by a similar competition. Together, the two online contests raised almost $10,000 for the Norfolk SPCA’s no-kill adoption center and affordable public veterinary clinic.

“I am extremely excited to help animals by appearing in the Magic Mutt calendar,” proclaimed cover model Michael Carey.

“I am even more thrilled to have been selected to be on the front of it. The calendar and event are a terrific and fun way to support shelter pets,” said the actor and stuntman who has two dogs at home.

Calendar models will introduce themselves and sign calendars—while shirtless!—at the Debut Party that will feature live music provided by featuring live music by Cheap Thrills, a silent auction, as well as the calendar launch. All animal-loving individuals in Hampton Roads—especially people that like muscle—are invited to join in the fun. A

The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $100, which covers food and drinks and valet parking. Last year, the Debut Party drew nearly 200 attendees.

Net proceeds of calendar and event ticket sales will support the Norfolk SPCA’s animal care programs that save and improve the lives of thousands of dogs and cats every year. In 2016, the Norfolk SPCA completed just shy of 1,000 adoptions from its shelter for homeless animals. Also last year, the Norfolk SPCA’s walk-in veterinary clinic saw more than 10,000 animals.

Event tickets are available for purchase online via the Norfolk SPCA website HERE.  Calendars make a great holiday gift and can be pre-ordered  are on sale at NorfolkSPCA.org. Calendars at $20.00 can be pre-ordered through the same website and, after October 7, purchased at the Norfolk SPCA’s 916 Ballentine Boulevard facility. Orders requiring shipping are charged an additional $5.00.

In addition to the debut party, the calendars (and a few hunks) will be making a few public signing appearances in the upcoming months.  Additionally, you can also support the Norfolk SPCA at two other fun, upcoming events during the month of October.  A benefit cruise aboard the Carrie B., sponsored by MJ.s Tavern (rescheduled from earlier this summer) will take place on October 13, you may purchase tickets at MJ’s Tavern or online here.  For those interested in a daytime event, you might be interested in the “Witches & Whiskers” Halloween luncheon and silent auction taking place on October 20 from 11:3 0a.m. – 1 p.m. at The Main in downtown Norfolk.  Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a table of eight that may be purchased here.

Related, get to know Rob Blizard, Executive Director of the Norfolk SPCA in our latest InQueeries feature here.

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