Betty the Washwoman 2019 Calendar 

In the introduction to her newest calendar, Mary Jean Wegner of Cucina di Paolo tells the story of a woman who stopped into her Vista Avenue restaurant one day and made this comment: "If the washwoman was missing...all of Boise would evaporate." While that may be a bit of an overstatement, it's certainly accurate to say that a lot of drivers and pedestrians would be lost without the iconic Boise landmark of washwoman Betty bending over her basin. Since taking over the building above which Betty stands, the folks at Cucina di Paolo have had fun dressing her in style, with costumes ranging from Minnie Mouse to Princess Leia. The first calendar of Betty snapshots was published in 2017, and the $27,400 dollars its sales raised went to the Idaho Foodbank, providing 133,000 meals to Idahoans in need. This year, proceeds from the second calendar—which Betty's devoted fans can buy at Cucina di Paolo—will benefit Boise's furry friends through Pets Peace of Mind, Fuzzy Paw Rescue and The Idaho Humane Society.

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