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Boys & Girls Club of Oneida County gets creative with fundraiser

Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 10/15/2020 6:15PM, Last Updated 10/16/2020 2:04PM
Rhinelander, WI - The Boys & Girls Club of Oneida County is looking for a place to call home. For many children, that will be what they call home too.

The club's efforts include blue flamingos in people's yards. One of the club's board members Lilyen Mueller said there was a reason why they chose the exotic animal.

"We chose the blue flamingos because blue is the color of the boys and girls club and we thought it would be fun to 'flamingo' people or 'flock' people in Oneida county to get them excited about the start of our boys and girls club," Mueller said.

Organizers hoped to have a building this year but they had a few challenges.

"We were hoping to start this year, however with COVID that has been delayed," Mueller said.

"With fundraising it's been a little difficult because we can't have that in-person event so we took a different approach."

However it's not all bad.

"Since we have been doing it in the last few weeks we've gotten a lot more requests for their yards to be flocked," Mueller said.

They got the flocking idea from a previous fundraiser.

"We chose flamingos because Rhinelander High School did a fundraiser with flamingos and it was a hit," Mueller said. "It seems like the people of Oneida county love to do stuff as a community."

One thing to note is that the national Boys & Girls Club organization requires new clubs be partnered with an existing club.

"We will actually be partnering with Langlade county," Mueller said. "They have a very successful boys and girls club who have been running for 20-plus years."

To help Oneida County's club find a home is easy.

"If people would like to be flocked they can message the boys & girls club Facebook page and we'll put them out there," Mueller said.

You can also donateĀ online.

"We hope that it is a safe space for kids of all ages to come to, do activities, get their homework done, have a meal, and just enjoy being a kid," Mueller said.
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