Gina Elise has been dubbed “the calendar angel” by America’s deployed troops, who have flown seven American flags in her honor over military bases in Iraq. The California Jaycees Foundation and the California Junior Chamber of Commerce selected Gina Elise as 2007 “Outstanding Young Californian”. The "Points of Light" Foundation in Washington, DC has honored this project for exceptional community service. Gina Elise’s nostalgic pin-up calendar is drawing lots of attention to Veterans’ health care, while at the same time honoring the four-year military service of her late grandfather. Gina Elise inscribes personalized messages of appreciation on the calendars and posters to thank the Veterans and troops for their service to our country.
In 2009, The "Los Angeles Business Journal" publication and its members honored Gina Elise as "VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR" at their annual "Women Making A Difference" awards ceremony. This annual event recognizes the work of influential women in the community. Gina Elise has raised substantial funds for Veterans' and military hospital programs that care for our Vets and active duty military.
Gina Elise's project, that supports hospitalized Veterans and deployed troops, has touched people around the world. A military unit in Iraq painted Gina Elise's pin-up pose, in camouflage uniform, on a wall at the military base to help boost morale for the troops. An army medic, who recently returned home from Iraq, painted Gina Elise’s pin-up pose on his newly purchased motorcycle, to honor her work for Veterans. A traumatic brain injury patient in a Veterans hospital who had not spoken for a month, saw Gina Elise at his bedside and slowly began to answer her questions. Gina Elise hopes that the public will honor our brave ill Vets and injured troops by making a visit to a VA or military hospital to express appreciation to these men and women who have sacrificed so much in their service to the United States."