Vail Undressed Calendar unveiled in Beaver Creek Tuesday night |

Vail Undressed Calendar unveiled in Beaver Creek Tuesday night

Caramie Schnell
Beaver Creek CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Vail Undressed Calendar will be unveiled at a bash at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek Tuesday night

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” When Eagle resident Debbie Taagen prepared to take her clothes off for the Vail Undressed Calendar photo shoot, there was one minor problem.

“There were lots of people around and we didn’t really factor that in,” she said.

Taagen, owner of Music-In-The-Box, a music development program for young children, charged her husband Tim with keeping her under wraps.

“He was running around with a sheet and a big golf umbrella doing the best he could,” she said.

In retrospect, Taagen said the passersby likely weren’t paying much attention to her lack of clothing.

“They were taking the beauty, but not me, we’ll put it that way,” she said, laughing.

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund is releasing the eighth edition of the Vail Undressed Calendar this week. An unveiling party featuring some of the models and photographers featured in this year’s calendar is set for tonight at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek.

Tickets cost $35 and include food from Gourmet Cowboy and the Park Hyatt, beer from High Point Brewing, live music by G-Flux (local musician Tony Gulizia with members of the band Flux-5), a silent auction and a copy of the calendar.

The VVCF provides financial assistance to locals who live or work in Eagle County who are in a medical crisis. Thanks to sponsors, both the bash at the Hyatt and the printing of the calendar is underwritten.

Likewise, the participating photographers ” Jack Affleck, Wendy Griffith, Kent Pettit, Carl Lindbloom, Lynsey Peterson, Billy Doran, Liz Pyke, Rex Keep and Cindy Petrehn ” and the 36 models who participated this year, donated their time and work as well, which means that 100 percent of the proceeds raised from calendar and event sales goes to locals in need.

“I’ve been very aware of what the Vail Valley Charitable Fund does, mainly because of my friends and neighbors who have benefited from the charity,” Taagen said. That’s the main reason she agreed to participate, she said.

In 2008 alone, the VVCF helped 75 to 80 folks and gave away roughly $250,000, said Karen Simon, the VVCF executive director.

For the first time, Simon posed as one of the models for the 2009 calendar, she said.

“Every year I ask other people to support a good cause and take their clothes off for charity, so I certainly couldn’t keep asking them if I wasn’t willing to do it myself,” she said.

Changing it up

This year’s calendar theme was photographer’s choice, Simon said.

“For seven years we’ve been asking photographers to help us and we assign them models and give them a theme,” she said. “We thought it was time to let them use their creative ideas and energy to pick their shot. We were curious to see what everyone would come up with.”

Edwards photographer Billy Doran, owner of Eclipse Photography, participated in the calendar for the first time this year, he said. When he was told he had full control over the photo, he was excited, he said.

“I knew who I wanted to shoot immediately,” Doran said. “It’s a couple ” two longtime friends of mine. I knew there wouldn’t be any awkwardness. It’s hard enough to get people to relax in front of the camera, let alone when they’re naked.”

The photo was shot at the couple’s ranch, Doran said, and from the very beginning, it was a fun shoot.

“We’ve all been on trips to Lake Powell together where everyone is running around naked at some point.”

The only challenge for Doran came when it was time for him to surrender a nude photo of himself to be printed in the calendar, which is part of the deal. The calendar also includes pictures of each of the photographers ” in the buff.

“I was trying to think, do I know anyone with a camera, let alone someone who I would want to see me naked?” Doran said. He ended up taking his own photo.

“I did mine right off Route 6 near Wolcott. I was just off the road where no one could see me,” he said. Dolan was “very happy” with the photo, he said.

Curious about the calendar but can’t make it to the event? Starting this week, calendars will be on sale at a variety of local businesses for $14.95 plus tax, Simon said. Visit for a list of the businesses, or refer to the ad in the Vail Daily.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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