A 6 p.m. VIP cocktail reception includes a meet-and-greet with the 2011 firefighters, plus seated admission for the judging itself. Doors open to the public at 8 p.m., and the judging starts at 8:30.
We just have to have all our firefighting gear and our uniforms, and for the runway walk, we have to have a little one-minute runway show, explains Dave Howard, the 2011 cover boy. And you get to pick your own song. I used KISS, Heavens on Fire, so you try to get something kind of fire-related. Try to pick something that gets the crowd going and something you can dance to a little bit.
And Howard a twenty-year veteran of the force has some advice for the potential 2012 eye candy: The biggest thing would be enjoy the judging event, try not to be too nervous and just enjoy the time, because were so lucky to be in this position to even try out, he says. Dont be nervous, give it your all, and those who do get in the calendar, give 100 percent and do what you can to make money for the charity. Its not just for your ego to be in the calendar.
It is great for your ego, Howard admits, but ultimately its about the charity.
Purchase tickets ($40 for general admission, $75 for VIP) at www.firedupforkids.org and get em early, because this event will sell out. The judging takes place at the EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th Street.
Fri., April 22, 6 p.m.-midnight, 2011