SOUTHINGTON – A local boy scout troop is missing a flock of fundraising flamingos that apparently were stolen from a church lawn.
Twenty-one pink lawn flamingos were set up on the lawn of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Main Street as an advertisement for the annual “Flock a Friend” fundraiser, said Jeanette McNamara, Outdoor Activities Coordinator for Troop 45. For a donation of $20, local residents can book a day for the flamingos to “flock” their lawn, or that of a friend.
When McNamara went to get the birds at the end of last week so they could be moved to another location, a single flamingo remained surrounded by the “legs” of the 20 others, she said.
The troop has filed a police report regarding the missing flock, McNamara said.
The flamingos had been set up at the church for about two weeks, McNamara said. The fundraiser began on April 15, and is scheduled to run through May 15.
Despite the setback, McNamara said the fundraiser is still fulfilling previous orders and will continue for as long as residents continue to book “flockings.”
“Flock a Friend” is in its second year; last year raised about $2,300 for the troop, which has a membership of about 70 scouts, McNamara said.
Anyone in Southington or area towns wishing to book a “flocking” can contact 860-680-9927 or Troop45Flocks@gmail.com.
Story by Kelly Glista, Hartford Courant