Flamingo flocks find homes in Camas and Washougal

Committee hopes to raise funds for grad night party

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The 2011 Washougal High School Grad Night committee recently began a new "Flamingo Flocking" fundraiser. Students involved in the effort include seniors (left to right) Chandler Audette, Kyle Anderson, Erik Ackerman and Matt Major.

Front yards around Camas and Washougal are being flocked…for a good cause.

Dozens of festive, roosting pink plastic flamingos are popping up in front of homes as part of a fundraiser to support the Washougal High School 2011 Grad Night drug- and alcohol-free party.

“It’s all meant to be in good fun,” said Gail Anderson, the organizing committee’s “chief flocker.” “I have some friends from another state who have run this fundraiser successfully for several years. We hope people see the humor and honor of getting a visit from these pink darlings.”

“Flamingo flocking” is a popular fundraiser used around the country by schools, youth groups and special causes. A supporter will make a donation of $20 or more to have a friend or neighbor’s yard “flocked.”

In the dark of night, a team of youth volunteers, supervised by an adult, will set up the birds and leave a sign and note of explanation.

The flocked family then has the honor of making a donation and choosing the next lawn to become pretty in pink. Homes and businesses can be flocked, however apartments, condominiums and public property cannot.

Orders can be placed until Nov. 23. To join in and send some flamingos flying to a location in Camas or Washougal, contact Anderson at 835-2986. Order forms are also available at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St.