Flamingos flock for SMA research

Flamingos flock for SMA research

CUMBERLAND - Organizers of the upcoming 4th annual Working on Walking golf tournament and dinner events have added flamingo "flocking" to their fundraising repertoire.

To support Cumberland resident and Bryant University graduate Alyssa Silva, who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy as an infant and not expected to live past age 2, in her quest to raise funds for the non profit organization Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, friends and neighbors can pay to have a flock of pink, plastic flamingos appear on the lawn of the "victim" of their choosing.

A small flock of 12 flamingos can be ordered for a $10 donation, and a larger flock of 24 can migrate for $15. "Flocking" is done at night, stay for one day, and can be ordered anonymously. There is no charge for flamingo removal.

Anyone interested in scheduling a flamingo landing should call Mary Smith at 401-475-8855, and make checks payable to FSMA, a non profit organization working to find treatments and a cure for the genetic disease.

The "flocking" fundraiser leads up to the main events on Monday, Aug. 12.

A 9-hole golf tournament will be held in the morning, and an 18-hole tournament in the afternoon at Louisquissett Country Club in Lincoln, followed by a dinner and auctions - both silent and live - in the Twin River Casino Banquet Room that night at 6 p.m.

Dinner tickets are still available. They cost $35 per adult, and $15 per child. Guests can choose from four entr?©es: stuffed chicken with garlic-herb cheese, crab stuffed sole, a vegetarian plate, and a children's option for those under 12.

Guests will also get to see the debut of part two of a video documentary about Silva's life. Visit http://hooplaha.com/girl-with-sma-dares-to-be-remarkable/ to view the first part.

All proceeds benefit FSMA, and all checks should be made payable to FSMA. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets to the dinner should contact Suzanne Tellier at 401-487-8436, by Aug. 5.