Flamingo Tree branches into fund-raiser


Margaretville — Each year the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society invites volunteers to decorate 30 pre-lit large and small Christmas trees in a special theme for their fundraising “Holiday for the Heart” event. The Humane Society provides the trees, volunteers donate and supply the decorations and the trees are raffled off at the event at the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi
It wasn’t hard for Kim Dunphy, Janet Fishkind, Deb Crute and Ann Lukin to come up with a “Flamingo” theme for their tree. The four women are part of a sisterhood that was formed five years ago by Lukin’s sister, Susan Cassella.
When Cassella, who lived in Florida, was diagnosed with metastases bone cancer, several women made a commitment to be there to help her fight the battle. There were a lot of tears but there was so much more laughter and camaraderie. Like the time Dunphy, Crute and Lukin dressed up as Flamingos and showed up unexpectedly at Cassella’s home. And so, with a glass of wine in hand, Cassella called this group of women her “Flamingo Sisters.”
“The Flamingo Christmas Tree is to honor all caring women who give so much of themselves to make life easier for other women who are going through tough times” said Crute.
And the kindness continues.
On hearing about the tree Kim Mathison, proprietor of “768 Main” in Margaretville, volunteered to showcase it in her shop. With Mathison’s artistic flair the tree is set up in her café where she will sell raffle tickets.
Tina Harp, from “Mountain Yarns” in the Binnekill Square, said, “count me in” and will also have raffle tickets available at her shop.
The tickets are $5 each, six for $25 with all proceeds to benefit our community’s homeless cats and dogs waiting for their forever home.
On December 2, the tree will be moved to the Delaware County Historical Association, in Delhi, where it will join the other decorated trees for a week of showing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. So, if a “Flamingo” decorated tree doesn’t tickle your fancy join us at the event on December 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and take a chance on one that does!