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Pin-up dance party raises money for vets

Blake Humphrey
Staff Writer

Pin-Up Palooza, an event organized to raise money for veterans, drew a full house on March 31 at T. Phillips.

The show kicked off with a performance from burlesque dancer Paula Baby, aka, Paula Alvarez.

Alvarez moved scandalously as she slowly disrobed.

After Alvarez finished, the DJ played music brought the many of the roughly 150 attendees to the dance saw.

Before Los Rhythm Rockets got on stage to play, pin-up girl Gina Elise, the face and founder of Pin-Ups for Vets, spoke.

Elise talked about the mission of Pin-Ups for Vets and the evening’s events, including a raffle and pin-up calender.

Organization’s mission is to raise money for veterans and troops through the sales of pin-up calendars – featuring Elise in perid fashion – among other fundraising events.

When Los Rhythm Rockets, an R&B and rockabilly band from East Los Angeles, took the stage at T. Phillips, the crowd went wild.

“This is definitely the most fun I have ever had at T. Phillips,” senior psychology major Denice Vasquez said. “The vibe, the music, and the overall event was more than I ever expected.”

La Verne students and community members attended the event.

Jennahway Huerta, a senior public affairs major, played a pivotal role in the success of the event.

Huerta managed the event and did all of the public relations work as part of her senior project.

“I enjoyed working with the non-profit organization because I really enjoy giving back,” Huerta said. “This event was the least I could do to thank the veterans for all they have done.”

The event was Huerta’s second with the organization.

Following the band’s first set there was a vintage swimwear fashion show. The women immediately stole the attention of everyone in attendance as they strutted down the red carpet placed in the middle of the restaurant.

The audience snapped up calendars and raffle tickets.

“I really enjoyed helping the organization grow because it is for such a great cause,” Huerta said.

Los Rhythm Rockets returned to the stage to play until it was time for the raffle, which had many satisfied winners.

“There was beautiful women, great music, and we got to support our vets,” said Brett Wikander, a resident of Lake Forest. “When you put all of these things together, how could you not have a great event?”

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