You can follow the news, follow the path, and follow the leader, and now, you can follow the flock

What, you might ask, is that all about? 

Soroptimist International of Benicia, like all service clubs, needs to raise funds to benefit it’s many good deeds and worthy causes in the community. In times of COVID-19, that can be especially challenging. So, here comes the flock…of flamingos…pink flamingos…pink plastic flamingos. Yes, there are pink plastic flamingos in Benicia, six flocks of ten that have “flown” into town. You probably have seen them, staking out their territory on the front lawns of Benicia residents. How do you raise funds with pink plastic flamingos in the front yards of lucky residents? Soroptimist club member and leader of the flock, Kelly Baldwin, explains: Residents will have a flock of 10 flamingos placed on their lawn, along with a sign that reads “I’ve been flocked by Soroptimist International of Benicia,” and a flyer posted to the front door explaining why flamingos are invading their yard. The flyer gives options for payments (donations) to have the flamingos removed and sent along their way. The resident may indicate where they want the flamingos to roost next. A whimsical way, and some might say a kitschy way, but without a doubt, a fun way to solicit donations to support the various projects and programs of the club.

Because of COVID, the club had to cancel its Fall fundraiser, the SIP with Soroptimist wine tasting event, which has been its major fundraising tool for the last 4 years. However, Soroptimist of Benicia is determined to work hard to raise the needed funds to give back to the community. This year, the Flamingos are the kick-off fundraiser and will be followed by another unique fundraising event, “Savor Benicia.” This event will allow participants an intimate look into the heart of our Benicia restaurants. Soroptimist will team up with  Restaurants/Bars here in town, each of whom will provide a unique recipe that highlights their Restaurant/Chef/Owner/Mixologist. Once a month, for 12 months, participants will receive a mailed keepsake recipe card and an email giving them access to a demo of the unique recipe. The recipe card will include ingredients, directions/tips/tricks, and highlight the creator/restaurant/bar. The demo will be recorded to allow participants to watch at their own pace. Sounds like a perfectly unique Christmas gift for family and friends…gourmets and gourmands alike! Look for more information and details down the road…

Soroptimist International of Benicia continues to be passionate about its commitment to provide women and girls, in particular, those who are disadvantaged, with access to the education and training they need to fulfill their dreams of success.

Need a flock? Contact Kelly Baldwin: 707.319.6392, or email: