Spare Change Challenge
Our club is starting a new year for our fundraiser for March of Dimes. Two new teams have been chosen with two new leaders. There is Kelly Parker captain for Tropical Tykes and Donna Howard for Babies in Paradise. We are still asking all members to gather and bring in as many dimes they can and donate them to either team. The leaders will have a pink or blue baby bottle for you to put the dimes in at the meetings
or at other club gatherings. At the end of a year we will add up which team has the most for their name and team name on the plaque, all money will go to March of Dimes. Please help! The name of the fundraiser has been changed so we can change the charity we donate to if we wish.
Last year's Challenge was between Captain Candi Lozowski with team Pinky Poo and Austin Piechotte with team Blue Water Babies. After a year of begging for spare change they raised just under $1,000.00 with only a $12.00 difference between them. Team Pinky Poo was higher and Candi's name was the first name on the plaque. The real winner here is March of Dimes! Thanks to everyone!
We decided to put on a Bowling Fundraiser to benefit Hunter Hospitality House. Pauline Nofs volunteered to chair it with a group of Parrot Heads. She reserved Port Huron Lanes, got donations for baskets and set up a 50/50. First order of business was to assemble the baskets. We gathered at Tom and Candi's house for a party; I mean work on the baskets. We did a pretty good job. We had a total of 23 baskets.
On the day of the fundraiser, Karen Racz collected the tickets or money at the door. Kelly and Erik Parker set up the 50/50 and basket raffles. Look at the good job they all did.
We had 34 bowling tickets sold in all. So I guess there was nothing left to do but start bowling. Here we are hanging out and bowling.
Raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets were sold while bowling was happening. We had a few pretty good bowlers. Erik came up with the idea that if you got a turkey (three strikes in a row) we would call it a Parrot and you got a free ticket for the baskets. We did give out quite a few tickets. Erik used his official announcer voice to make all the announcements. He also called the number for the 50/50. The afternoon's winner was Mike Beebe with $138.00. Being a charity fundraiser we asked people in attendence to bring paper products to help Hunter Hospitality House. They didn't disappoint.
Once the bowling was over it was time to draw the winners for the baskets. Drawing and claming prizes took a little but Kelly and Pauline kept things running smoothly. Nice prize Donna!
When we were all done, who ever wanted to go to Casey's Pizza for the Phriday Pheeding Phrenzy met us there. We had a reservation for 12-20 but 30 arrived. You never know how many of us will show up! They got us in and we ate.
It was a really good time! We raised $794.00 plus $40.00 Canadian for Hunter Hospitality House and all the paper products. A big thank you to Pauline Nofs for chairing. Thank you to everyone who donated items for the raffle, thanks to those who came out to bowl and bought tickets for the raffles. We couldn't have done such a great job without you!! Phins Up Parrot Heads!!
Our first Road Clean-Up of the season was on April 22,2018. Six brave Parrot Heads gathered at the Ride/Share on I94 and Fred Moore Highway on a nice Sunday morning. We had donuts and got our safty vests. We got a Scavenger List and we were off to clean the east bound side of I94.
Money is on the Scavenger list but it is unusual for someone to find it. Not this time though, we had three people find dollar bills. First Candi Lozowski and then after Bill Padgett said to himself, "Why can't I ever find money", he found a dollar in the same area. Later Tom Lozowski found a dollar in the swampy area.
We had our favorite driver again, Kelly Parker. She is great! She follows everyone and keeps them all in sight. She also blasts Buffett music from the car for us to hear while cleaning. Thanks Kelly!! Even though it is spring it seemed to be Halloween on the highway. We found LOTS of Halloween decorations. Someone got married and had koozies made up but lost one, Tom found it. Candi found a single shoe and said "Just waiting for the other shoe to drop". Just then Steve Padgett found another shoe.
We were able to get most of the east bound side done before noon when we stop for lunch. We headed back to the Ride/Share to count up our finds from the list. We had a three way tie of 10 items. The tie braker is the unusual item. The best one was found by Lynda Caryl and it was a life jacket. Lynda won the $25.00 prize, congratulations!
We then went to Murphy's Inn for lunch.
We want to thank Steve Padgett for chairing this for us every year. Thank you to all who came out and cleaned. Thank you to Kelly for driving. Also I want to give a special thanks to Steve for taking the pictures. My camera got wet on vacation and died. Next Road Clean-Up is July 15th, hope to see you there. You never know what you might fine on the side of the road.