ENGLEWOOD — Don’t be surprised if you see a flock of flamingos while driving down North Beach Road. The plastic fowl are part of the efforts of some locals raising cancer awareness for the Englewood Area Cancer Foundation.
“We thought it would be fun,” said Margie Elmore, owner of Gulf View Grill on 2095 North Beach Road in Englewood. “It gives a smile on people’s faces. Our logo is ‘flocking your friends.’”
Elmore and her friends are flocking their flamingos at various locations throughout Englewood under the team name Gulf View Flock for the Parade of Lights presented by the Englewood Area Cancer Foundation.
“We’ve been flocking business people and individuals with our flamingos,” said Margaret Adorjan, an Englewood resident. “Everyone loves it. They think it’s a refreshing change. One lady asked us to leave it there Friday and Saturday and she asked her service people to wear pink.”
The flockings come with a donation in the group’s name. The Parade of Lights will be 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 16 on Dearborn Street. The parade will run from the Elsie Quirk Library to Garrett Park. There will be food refreshments and music and the results of the EACF fundraising contest will ne announced. Each division winner will receive a trophy, but the top overall fundraising team will receive a “Kiss the Mullet” travelling trophy.
“Because of the red tide, we use a frozen mullet or trophy for them to kiss,” said Lou Long, president of the Englewood Area Cancer Foundation.
Gulf View Flocking will have a wine booth at the parade where they will raffle eight wine baskets at $5 a ticket and serving wine at $4 a glass.
“Everybody’s been real generous,” said Joni Hyde, an Englewood resident.
The group’s made over $1,000 just on the baskets.
“It’s amazing how the community has come together for cancer and it stays within the community,” Long said.
For more information on the Englewood Area Cancer Foundation, go to http://www.theeacf.org or call 941-475-0683.
For more information on the raffle and flockings, call 941-468-0307.