Flocks of pink flamingos populating lawns in Hingham, Mass.
As flocks of pink flamingos populate lawns around Hingham, Mass., one might think the town had become the setting for a retro movie about 1950s suburbia or a 1970s sitcom.
However, when the brash and whimsical lawn ornaments appear, they are courtesy of the Hingham Gridiron Club, the booster organization for the Hingham High School Football team.
There are four flocks of 25 flamingos traveling about the town. The visiting birds arrive with an envelope explaining their purpose and a request for a donation. The birds will be escorted away for a $20 gift and will arrive on the lawn of a friend or neighbor for $40. A form is available to provide the necessary information and can be attached to a sign that accompanies the birds.
According to Ken Murphy, parent and fundraising coordinator, the concept has been well received and is generating a great deal of community camaraderie.
The Hingham Gridiron Club raises funds each year to provide various “extras” for the football team such as an annual banquet, team jackets and trophies.
“People have been very generous,” said Murphy. “We have received checks for more than what is requested.
“Most people in the town have connections to the schools or the sports teams and are very supportive. If they don’t have young children, they have neighbors or relatives or kids who went through the system at some point.”
Murphy said the effort also is a great summer activity for the high schoolers.
“They want to be part of the ‘flocking’ and like to go from house to house to set up the flamingos,” he said. “They have fun together and it’s another good team building experience.”
The Gridiron Club hopes to raise $10,000-$15,000 by the end of the summer with this endeavor.
“Who knows?” said Murphy. “I can’t help it … I’m the kind of guy who loves colored lights at Christmas. We may be starting a whole new trend. The next organization may cover the town with garden gnomes!”