January 28, 2020

Pink flamingos brightening Au Gres and surrounding areas


Au GRES — Area homes might look a little pink over the next few weeks as the Au Gres-Sims junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams fill yards with plastic flamingos in an effort to raise funds — and spread some fun.

Coach Jeri Christie said the first “flocking” took place in mid-July and more will be done throughout the rest of summer, until school starts.

“So far, the girls have had a blast getting out there and flocking people,” Christie said. “I believe that getting the Au Gres volleyball name out there will help to foster a sense of community and possibly create an excitement for coming to support the girls this season. In turn, the girls get to witness firsthand the generosity of members of the community in which they live.”

The way it works is the girls visit community members’ yards and fill them with 20 or so pink plastic flamingos, and in the morning the “victims” see they have been flocked and will have to pay a de-flocking donation to have the birds remove.

If an individual does not wish to participate, the girls will removed the flamingos at no charge.

Christie said she first came up with the idea a few years ago through Pinterest and has wanted to do it since.

“I just never acted on it because I wasn’t quite sure how to organize it,” she said. “I have two awesome assistant coaches and a great group of supportive parents, so I finally just decided to go for it.”

While the team does not have a specific amount to raise, all funds will go toward covering volleyball expenses, Christie said. A couple points of focus are team camp in August and new uniforms for the upcoming year.

“A few years back the girls purchased their own uniform tops and got their names on the back,” she said. “They would like to go back to this tradition, so we would like to get the uniforms as soon as possible for this season.”

Christie said this particular fundraiser is new in the district, and she and the girls are excited.


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