A group of Chicago women got together at the beginning of this year with an idea. They wanted to combine their passions for animals, art, tattoos and Chicago to do something good. In a short amount of time, Dames a Dozen was born and the plans for a very cool calendar were underway with the goal of helping homeless pets.
“I have this art background and I wanted to do something good,” says Dames A Dozen co-founder Jeanna Vent. “I have such creative, talented friends and we thought – why don’t we do a calendar. We’re all involved with shelters, rescues and other organizations in the city that help homeless animals…this is our way to give back.”
Vent and her co-founder Alexz Sandoval went to work. They lined up their friends and put the call out to Chicago’s artistic and business community. In a short amount of time, the Dames a Dozen lined up well-known Chicago photographer Stephanie Bassos.
They went with a vintage concept to show of their pets, tattoos and sense of style. They also lined up make-up artists, hair stylists and a videographer, and small business owners to donate their time and help make the calendar a reality. Each dame was styled in vintage wardrobe provided by local experts/small businesses: The Paraders, RoseVintage, & Lost Girls Vintage.
“I couldn’t believe the turnout of people wanting to help – so many people shared our passion,” adds Vent. “We love expressing ourselves with our tattoos, but I work in a professional community and can’t show that side of me during the day. This calendar lets us show off while giving back.”
After a three-day photo shoot, they ended up with a great calendar. Vent researched non-profits to find out how they could help the most animals in need with their project.
Trio Animal Foundation
“I didn’t want to do just cats and dogs or focus on only one rescue,” says Vent. “I wanted our small project to have biggest impact that we could. I found the Trio Animal Foundation and loved that they help so many animals and work with so many shelters and rescues. It was such a great fit.”
For those not familiar with TAF, the group raises funds to pay for medical expenses of pets left behind in open access shelters. With veterinary bills paid, shelters and rescues that may not have had the means to pay those veterinary bills are able to take in the animals and help them find a home.
Now that the calendar has been developed. Dames a Dozen is working to raise the funds for printing of the calendars so that once they go on sale, all proceeds will be able to go to Trio Animal Foundation. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign and have until September 19 to raise the $3,150 needed to pay for the printing of the 300 calendars and Dames a Dozen swag.
A launch party is set for the Cobra Lounge on October 12. If you’d like to see more about the Kickstarter, check out the video below or go here to donate. You can follow the work of Dames a Dozen on Facebook and follow Trio Animal Foundation on Facebook as well.