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'Flocking' raises Relay for Life funds

by on May 09, 2013 11:00 AM

Indiana residents have been finding themselves “flocked” lately as part of a fundraiser for Relay for Life.

Dianna Rostis, of White Township, is one of many who have found a colorful flock of pink, plastic flamingos in her yard.

Rostis, who was flocked on April 28, found the flamingos in her yard late that night.

“My daughter got me out of bed at quarter to 11 that night to show me that we had flamingos out in our front yard,” she said.

A sign in the middle of the flock, she said, explained that it was part of a fundraiser through the American Cancer Society for its annual Relay for Life, an event aimed at raising awareness of cancer and raising money to fight the disease.

Flocking is part of a national movement through the American Cancer Society to raise money for research into finding the cure for cancer, but Indiana flocking is done by IRMC Therapy Services’ “Hands, Feet and Voices for a Cure” team.

Flocking comes with quite the set of rules, posted in the midst of all the flamingos.

For a donation of $10, the sign says, the team will remove the flock.

For $15, it’ll remove the flock and flock a friend of their choice.

For $20, the flock will be removed, a friend of your choice will be flocked, and the team guarantees “flock insurance” so the “crazy birds don’t make it back to your yard” before the Relay for Life.

“We’ve had people that are enjoying this so much that they want to come along to flock a friend and are paying extra,” said Jodie Margita, a member of the IRMC Therapy Services Relay team.

Relay for Life events are held nationally, consisting of mainly an organized, overnight community fundraising walk.

Relay for Life of Indiana will be held from 4 p.m. May 31 to 4 p.m. June 1 at the White Township Recreation Complex.

According to the Relay for Life of Indiana website, 45 teams and 385 participants have raised almost $64,000 so far.

The Indiana teams currently taking the lead in money raised are the “IUP Trackers,” “Diamond Drug,” “Beth’s Believers” and “Hands, Feet and Voices for a Cure,” according to the site.

Ellen Matis is the digital media coordinator and a staff writer at The Indiana Gazette. She is the person behind the Gazette's social media. A 2012 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ellen has a degree in journalism and public relations. Follow her on Twitter, @EllenMatis, or email her at
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