A Bird’s Eye View – The Flocking of the Flamingos

By Beverly Perkins

The Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Hollywood Women’s Club proved once again that birds of a feather flock together as they debuted their famous pink flamingos all over Downtown Hollywood for the holidays.

The ladies began this tradition over 4 years ago to raise funds to support a variety of community service projects which transform lives in the Hollywood community as well as the ongoing restoration of their 1927 National Historic Clubhouse. In addition to celebrating the holiday, the club is celebrating their 95th anniversary.

The festivities began in November when the organization added an additional 100 flamingos to their flock which brought their festive colony to over 300. The club lined them up in assembly line fashion and tied red glitter bows around the pink plastic birds to get them ready for display.

The Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) joined in again on the flocking fundraiser festivities by sponsoring a mass flocking on Hollywood Boulevard between Dixie Highway and Young Circle. In December, local business owners, visitors, and residents were greeted by more than 100 of these iconic lawn ornaments which were spread out along a three-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, and all over lawns around the city.

During the month, decorated flamingos were also displayed in the window at Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Patrons were invited to take selfies and group photos, post on social media, and then vote for their favorite one. The winning bird was announced at the end of the month.

Anyone interested in flocking friends, family and businesses was able to call the flocking hotline to place their request and make a small donation of $35 or more. The birds were delivered in the early morning hours and stayed in place until the evening when volunteers would go back to collect them.

“It puts a smile on everyone’s face” said Carol Fitzgerald, President of the Hollywood Women’s Club. “Over the last 4 years the Holiday Flocking Promotion has raised close to $5000 to support community service projects.”

The fundraiser not only raises money each year, but helps recruit new members and gives Hollywood’s oldest organization great exposure. The clubhouse is available for private events such as bridal showers, weddings, and other parties.

For more information on the Hollywood Women’s Club, please call 954-925-9394, email Carol at carlyrx8@gmail.com, or visit hollywoodwomensclub.org for specifics on club membership, meetings, events, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation. New members are always welcome.

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