With a degree in photojournalism, Victoria Ortega-Allen ventured to make a difference.
"I wanted to find a way to help wounded veterans and I wanted to find a way to use my skill set to help them out," she said.
Born of that idea is "Sweethearts Salute," a pin-up photography project created to support and serve the armed forces through both donations and money raised through merchandise sales.
The group of entrepreneurs sells skateboards, iPhone cases and calendars emblazoned with World War II-era pin-up photography.
Kira Von Sutra, Amanda Marie and Shelby "Belfast" Jones, three of the 14 models, will host a fundraiser at Rachael's 1190 where 100 percent of proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Almost two years since the vision came to Ortega-Allen, whose husband, Marc, serves in the United States Navy, the group has raised $2,000. The girls frequently visit Savannah, where their product manager is stationed at Fort Stewart.
"I would love to try and double that (this year) if we can," Ortega-Allen said. "After this event's donation goes to the Wounded Warrior Project, I will be shifting our donations to give to the Fisher House in San Diego and finding other organizations throughout the year to start giving to."