Photo featured in the Sweater Boys Calender. Photo by Miaken Christensen. 

Roughly six years ago, Miaken Christensen began throwing ugly sweater Christmas parties. Wanting to motivate others to get into the spirit, she awarded a Sweater Girls calendar she created to the guest with the ugliest sweater.

The next season, Christensen thought it more humorous to create a Sweater Boys calendar, and she was right. The incentive was a hit and soon, peers were asking Christensen where they could purchase one.

I had recently spent some time in Vietnam and felt the need to raise funds to support victims of leftover warfare,” Christensen says. “So, I started selling them for charity. Each year, we've sold them we've supported a new non-profit.”

The Sweater Boys calender features attractive men modeling ugly, over-the-top Christmas sweaters.


Photo featured in the Sweater Boys Calender. Photo by Miaken Christensen. 

This year the calender goes on sale online on Nov. 29, and 20 percent of the proceeds will go to the Women's World Health Initiative (WWHI), an organization dedicated to helping women in Senegal survive the complications of childbirth that might otherwise prove fatal.

On top of the sought after calender, Christensen will be holding her Sixth Annual Sweater Soiree to help raise funds. The Soiree will be on Saturday, Dec 7. from 7–10 p.m. at Avenues Yoga in Salt Lake. She is expecting this event to be the biggest since its start.

You can expect to see a whole lot of ugly. The sweaters that show up at this thing are amazing,” Christensen says. “We will have entertainment, including an African drum group and other local bands, and a DJ and dancing toward the end. Throughout the night, we'll be raffling off some great prizes, everything from outdoor gear to vacation getaways to spa treatments.” All of the raffle proceeds and other donations will go directly to WWHI. Calenders may also be purchased at the event.

In previous years, the funds raised have been donated to Project Renew in Vietnam and The Andes Education Fund which helps impoverished communities in Peruvian Andes.


Hundreds will attend the Sixth Annual Sweater Soiree on Dec. 7. Photo courtesy of Miaken Christensen. 

We're thrilled to be chosen as the Sweater Boys charity this year,” says WWHI founder Dana Allison. “WWHI has built a health program that's transforming the lives of women, children and generations to come, so we're extremely grateful to have support.”

For more details about the event and the cause, contact Miaken Christensen at 801-637-1669 or miaken@gmail.com. You can also visit the Sweater Boys facebook page and website. Be sure to check out WWHI's website while you're at it.