Do you know someone who would appreciate a lawn full of plastic flamingos for a day?
First Presbyterian Church's Mission Committee is holding a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Marilyn Dunkle, office manager for the church in Warren, said, "It's kind of a fun way to promote the Cancer Society's cause."
Times Observer photo by Rob Andersen
Birds of a feather
Rev. George Johnson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Warren, shows two plastic flamingos from last year’s fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. New flamingos are purchased to replace those that eventually turn white from exposure. The relay this year will be held on Saturday, June 21 at Betts Park.
For a donation of five dollars, you can "decorate" a friend or neighbor's lawn with a flock of the flamingos for 24 hours, or for $10, two flocks.
Rev. George Johnson, the church's pastor, said that there are at least a dozen "birds" in each flock.
Dunkle said that orders may be placed in person at the church, or by mail and phone. Orders should be placed by May 18, and the flocks will be delivered from April 27 through May 31.
She noted that the flocks fly every year, and Johnson said the church has been holding the fund drive for at least the last ten years.
Volunteers donate their time and gas to deliver the flocks, so all proceeds will go to the Relay for Life.
Dunkle added for those who don't fancy having a decorated lawn, flamingo insurance is available for a $10 donation "so you won't get flocked."
Last year, the committee raised nearly $2,500 from the flamingos, its annual Broadway Night and fall pie sales.
This year's Relay for Life will be held at Betts Park, beginning at 10 a.m. on June 21.
The church's phone number is 723-9200, and information is also available at www.presbyterianwarren.com.