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2012-10-10T13:13:00Z Money raised as birds appear on lawnsBILL TOSCANO - btoscano@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
October 10, 2012 1:13 pm  • 

The migration is on.

For the first several weeks of the Haynes House of Hope’s “Flamingo Flock Fundraiser,” the pink birds were planted in yards around Granville and just across the border in Vermont.

On Wednesday, Janell Clark, director of the South Granville comfort home for the terminally ill, said the flocks will soon be heading west into Hartford and as far away as Hudson Falls.

“We are all just having so much fun with this,” Clark said, adding that Haynes House has raised nearly $1,000 so far, and the event is continuing.

“We’re getting calls every day from people who want to flock someone,” Clark said. “It’s so much fun, too. We go out in the evening and try to put them up without getting caught.”

There are two flocks of 18 flamingos apiece, and the cost to send them to someone’s house is $25. Residents who expect an incoming flock can pay $25 for insurance. The full flock is available for $50.

Clark said the focus has been at private homes, although the birds appeared in front of TD Bank North and were at the Granville Small Animal Hospital Tuesday. She said the group will only send the flamingos to businesses with prior permission and cannot put them on public property.

Haynes House has been running a series of fund-raisers lately, including Sunday’s “Trek For Hope” road races, and has another one coming up Oct. 20.

The “Harvest Hoedown for Hope” will be held at 4 p.m. at Hicks Orchard, at 18 Hicks Road in Granville. The event will feature a pig roast by Burch Family Farms, wine and beer, pumpkin carving, sunset hayride, a silent auction, square dancing and live music by Ole Time Country & John Davis. The cost is $45 per person, $80 per couple, $30 for seniors. Children under 12 are free with adult admission. Tickets can be ordered at Further information on the Hoedown is available by calling Haynes House at 642-8155.

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