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A popular fundraiser hosted by the Dilley Band Boosters is back in season this month as local residents make contributions in exchange for flocks of plastic flamingos “landing” on their friends’ lawns.
The lighthearted prank was picked up by so many local households in the summer of 2021 that the Dilley Band Booster organization ordered more flamingos to meet the demand, according to event organizers, and voted to hold the fundraiser again this year.
Reservations for the “flamingo flocking” are made through the boosters with a Google registry form link on the organization’s Facebook page; information is available from club president Terry Pichardo at (830) 317-6703. Once a booking and contribution to the fundraiser have been secured, boosters and students will plant dozens of plastic flamingos in the front lawns of those who have been listed as the intended targets of the flocking. A sign will also be posted near the front door to advise homeowners they “have been flocked” as part of a fundraiser.
Once planted, flamingo flocks may stay in place for up to 72 hours before moving to another site.
Area residents may also purchase “flocking insurance” to prevent having the plastic birds planted on their lawns.
All proceeds from the fundraiser go towards band student activities, educational and performance trips, and supplies for the Dilley bands.
The flamingo flocking is carried out under adult supervision and can only be booked through the booster organization. Some flocking may take place at night or while homeowners are away, further enhancing the surprise, according to boosters.
Flocking of residential lawns and business properties continues through June 2. Contributions in the fundraiser are made by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by CashApp to $Dilleybandboosters.