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Published on June 10, 2019

Flamingo migration reported

Perhaps you have seen small flocks of pink plastic flamingos in local green spaces. If so, you are witnessing the Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics (BAHC) Foundation's second annual "Flocked for the Foundation" campaign. 

How does it work? Donors pay to have a small flock of flamingos placed in someone else's yard, often with a friendly note or a simple "guess who." The flamingos "nest" in the yard for up to four days, with a donation to the BAHC Foundation helping them to "take flight" (be removed) sooner.  This light-hearted fundraiser also allows supporters the option to purchase "flocking insurance" to prevent future flocking/re-flocking.

Foundation Director Natalie Tollefson established the campaign last year.

"It's both fun and memorable," she said. "The campaign has afforded me an opportunity to meet many wonderful people who live in the area while also bringing awareness to the important role the foundation plays in supporting enhancements in rural healthcare."

"Flocked for the Foundation" is just one fundraising effort for the foundation. Donated funds support staff development, equipment, nursing-related scholarships, community-benefit initiatives, as well as an endowment for future needs.

"With the help of generous supporters, the foundation will help fund requests totaling more than $40,000 this year. Each request helps Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics deliver quality care close to home while also providing a platform to meet the changing healthcare needs of our friends, families and neighbors," Natalie said.

To learn how you can help support local healthcare through a gift to the BAHC Foundation or to arrange a flamingo flocking, please call Natalie at (608) 375-6300 or e-mail natollef@gundersenhealth.org.

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