CRANBERRY TWP — Dressed in a wig, bandanna and white T-shirt, Sherwood Oaks resident Will Wilkes did his best to replicate singer Willie Nelson's signature look.
Wilkes, 67, was part of a photo shoot Tuesday for the 2018 UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Fund calendar. This year's theme is “Chart Toppers.”
“It's fun, and it's for a good cause,” Wilkes said.
This is the sixth year residents from UPMC's 20 Senior Communities have gotten decked out in costume to be featured in the pages of the annual themed fundraising calendar — 11 seniors from Sherwood Oaks participated this year.
For this year's photo shoot, residents dressed up like notable singers and musicians to replicate famous album covers.
Residents got the Hollywood treatment with hair, makeup and costuming before taking their places in front of the camera as Dolly Parton, Johnny and June Cash, Doris Day, Sonny and Cher and others.
Past editions of the calendar have featured residents as historical figures, residents with their pets and residents as iconic film characters.
Local photographers Kevin Cooke and Marc Soracco have joined forces to shoot photos for the calendar for the past three years. Cooke said it's fun hanging out with the residents and helping them get into their role-playing.
“It's one of those special projects that leaves you with a smile on your face,” Cooke said.
Proceeds from calendar sales go toward the Benevolent Care Fund, which provides assistance to UPMC Senior Communities residents who have exhausted their financial resources.
Sherwood Oaks resident Ralph Flaugher, 95, dressed up in a white suit, straw hat and sparkly bow tie to play flamboyant singer Elton John. While he prefers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Flaugher said it was interesting, challenging and fun playing the flamboyant British singer.
“He's obviously good at what he does,” Flaugher said.
The 2018 UPMC Senior Communities Benevolent Care Fund calendar will be on sale in September. Those interested in buying it can contact Debbie Panei, director of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-864-3524.