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November 21, 2012

Holiday flamingo making the rounds for United Fund

Greensburg — Diana Robbins certainly expected a Thanksgiving turkey to be part of her holiday, but she never saw the flamingo coming.

A pink flamingo to be precise.

Robbins found the critter on her lawn upon arriving home from work Tuesday afternoon.

Fortunately, the fowl in question isn’t of the living variety, but rather, a lawn figurine left by local Greensburg health services provider Aspen Place.

Along with the flamingo, Robbins found a brief letter headed, “Congratulations, you’ve been Flamingoed!”

The letter goes on to explain that the flamingo is part of a fund raiser being held to benefit the Trilogy Foundation, Aspen Place’s corporate charity arm.

Robbins, who is director of Greensburg’s Meals on Wheels, can never say no to a good cause.

“The letter says that, for $10, they’ll come out and remove the flamingo to somebody else’s house,” she explained. “For $15, though, I get to choose where it goes next. The proceeds go to the United Fund.”

Robbins, of course, has chosen the $15 option.

“I’m planning on sending it to two people,” she said.

Erin Allen, Aspen Place’s community services representative, confirmed that the money would ultimately benefit Greensburg’s United Fund.

“Our Trilogy Foundation will donate all the money to United Fund,” she said.

Each campus in the Aspen Place family is mandated, according to Allen, to hold an Annual Holiday fund raiser. For 2012, the Greensburg Campus decided Pink Flamingos are the way to go.

“Before we kicked off our fund raiser,” Allen said, “the Foundation asked us how much money we needed to get started. We told them we just needed them to buy us some pink flamingos.”

Asked how Greensburg’s Aspen Place team decided on pink flamingo figurines, Allen replied, “We wanted something that would stand out. With winter coming, most people wouldn’t use a pink flamingo to decorate their lawn.”

Allen said the gag-like fund raiser has really caught on.

“We’ve got different shifts of the Greensburg Fire Department competing to keep it off their lawns,” she explained. “I guess a pink flamingo just isn’t macho enough for a fire fighter’s lawn. I have laughed so much in the last few days.”

Allen is pleased to be working in support of United Fund.

“They seemed our best choice to donate to,” she said. “They contribute to so many Greensburg organizations, which helps so many people. We’re very pleased raise money for them.”

She continued, “The VP of our hospital ended up with a pink flamingo in his yard, too. So you never know; you might just end up with a pink flamingo on your lawn to go along with that holiday turkey.”

The Aspen Place Pink Flamingo Holiday Drive ends Dec. 15.

For more information, call Aspen Place at 527-2222.

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.

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