Calendar boys pose for a good cause

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imageThere’s nothing like 12 months of guys in swimsuits to create a little warmth on a cold day.

That’s the approach of Richie Arpino, the gay stylist and photographer who recently released his 2009 Swim Suit Calendar. We covered the release party here with plenty of photos here.

Peach Buzz, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s entertainment column, offered a new nugget about the calendar today:

Elite model Adam Gates (photo) was actually a little sheepish the other night at Bazzaar when asked how he became Mr. June in Atlanta celebrity shutterbug Richie Arpino’s 2009 Swimsuit Calendar benefitting Breast Friends.

“Richie is one of my best friends and I know it’s for a good cause,” he told Buzz. Still, Gates, 27, of Canton spent a good portion of the shoot pruning up in a shower scenario before the photog opted to re-position him half-submerged and clinging to a beach ball in a pool. “It’s a living!” Gates joked at the launch party. “Plus, it’s kind of cool to know you’re on someone’s wall for a whole month.”

Arpino is donating all proceeds from this year’s calendar to the breast cancer charity as a tribute to his late sister-in-law Janie Arpino, who succumbed to the disease last year.

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