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Jessica Hawk-Ippolito, left, with the two Vineland High School friends who helped her start Hands Up The Pose. At center, Mary Sholz Austin, of North Jersey; and Marlene Gisang Botts, of Atlanta, right.

"Hands Up!" doesn't mean a holdup to Jessica Hawk-Ippolito. It's a pose.

"I had always thrown my arms up in pictures," said the Delsea Regional High School English teacher from Vineland, 42. "People who see me immediately yell 'Hands up!' and throw their hands up. It's a pretty odd greeting, but I love it."

At a Vineland High School reunion a few years ago, friends did hands-up pictures with her and an idea was born.

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She created a Facebook page and asked people to send photos of themselves in the pose. In the summer of 2011 she set a goal to get a photo of someone from every state and continent by Labor Day by sending out emails and Facebook messages.

It took longer to get North Dakota than to get Antarctica, she said. The western state came in 11 p.m. on deadline night.

Now people sponsor fundraising campaigns, pledging an amount per picture.

Pet Vet Animal Clinic in Vineland raised $100 for the local Animal Friends Foundation, with people posing with critters. A former student who works at the Camden Aquarium did hands up in the shark tank, Hawk-Ippolito said.

Last summer, a worldwide scavenger hunt raised $1,000 for the Run4Ricky scholarship fund in Buena. This summer, C&H Industrial Services and an anonymous donor are funding a $2,500 international hunt for Living Beyond Breast Cancer in Haverford, Pa.

She's already gotten 46 of 50 sites, including Greenland, Madagascar and the Great Wall of China. She still needs the giant ball of twine in Cawker City, Kansas.; a sign for Pensacola, Fla.; Bishop Castle in Pueblo, Colo.; and the world's largest thermometer in Baker, Calif.

To help get the last four by Labor Day, go to handsupthepose .com and email photos to contact@handsupthepose.com.

Pageant runner-up

Le'Keisha Fambro, 18, of Egg Harbor Township, was second runner-up in the Spokes Model competition in the National American Miss New Jersey Pageant in East Brunswick, Middlesex County. She will now compete in the national competition in California in November.

A student at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va., she is the daughter of Walter and Carol Fambro.

Garrison gathering

The Garrison family held its 64th gathering of the descendants of Samuel and Anna Maria Garrison on Aug. 3 at the Deerfield United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Upper Deerfield Township, with 44 attending.

Present from Vineland was Mary Duffy; and from Millville were Margie Hiserote, Cindy Simione, Emily Simione, Olivia Simione and Rusty Horton.

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