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Pink Flamingos Descend on Darien

Andrew Walter was surprised to wake up Tuesday morning to find a flock of plastic pink flamingos on his front lawn. They had been secretly placed there Monday night by members of the St. Luke's Parish School Parent Teacher Committee as part of a fundraising campaign.

"I knew they were doing this, but it was still funny to see all these pink flamingos on my lawn this morning," Walter said. Walter is the Associate Rector of St. Luke's Paris h. "It's a great fundraiser."

The way the fundraiser works is that people sign up to have the plastic flamingos covertly placed on somebody's lawn, along with a note explaining the fundraiser. The person who received the flamingos then pays a donation to have the flock removed and placed on somebody else's lawn. All proceeds go to St. Luke's Community Suppers program.

Jenny San Jose, who is running the "flocking," saw a similar fundraising program at her niece's school. "We thought it would be a great idea to bring this to St. Luke's," she said. San Jose hopes that it will catch on, and more people will want to "flock" their friends and neighbors. "The fun part will be seeing where they show up."

San Jose is on the "flocking committee," along with Emily Ryckman, who set up the first batch of flamingos Monday night. "We're going to open it up to families, whenever someone wants to flock someone else, they contact us," San Jose said. The plan is to flock three houses every Monday night. It is $30 to flock someone. Currently the fundraiser is just open to families within the preschool, but that may change.

Vikki Campbell was another "victim" of a flocking Monday night. "It was a great surprise this morning," she said. "I certainly wasn't expecting it. And I didn't hear a thing last night."

Walter said that he is already considering who he is going to send his flock to. "I'm narrowing down my list, I've got a couple of ideas," he said.

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