Madras, Kholeen's Kloset decorate lawns to raise funds for Sahalee Splash Park.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Kholeen's Kloset helpers, from left, Amanda, Kristy, Richard, Ashley, city of Madras Human Resources and Administrative Manager Sara Puddy, and Missy covered the lawn in front of city hall with pink flamingos last week to start the fundraising campaign.
The city of Madras is partnering with the nonprofit Kholeen's Kloset to raise funds for the Sahalee Splash Park.

Kholeen's Kloset is a thrift store located at 241 SE Sixth St., in Madras. It operates on donations and prices for clothing and other items are kept affordable to meet the needs of low-income families in Jefferson County.

Funds generated from the store or donations assist other adults with life skills training, events, and activity programs to help with personal growth and integration within the community.

The group maintains a plastic pink flamingo flock, which is used for all sorts of fundraisers. People make a donation to have an individual or business' lawn "flocked" with pink flamingos, then that person can donate to have them removed.

All funds raised will be split 50/50 with Kholeen's Kloset and the city of Madras, with the city's 50 percent all going toward the splash park effort. The fundraising campaign will run from Sept. 13-25, and will visit Madras-area businesses.

Twenty flamingos will be placed daily during the campaign, one per business. On each flamingo, a note tag will be dangling from its neck that says "You've been Flocked!" Any and all donations will be accepted, but the note tag indicates donation requests ranging from $25 to $100 for removal of all the birds.

Business owners can "flock" other business owners as well. If businesses would rather purchase "antiflocking insurance" to prevent their business being flocked in the future, they can do so for a flat donation of $125.

The Sahalee Splash Park will cost $275,000, and the funding gap is still approximately $150,000.

"This is a great opportunity for our local, downtown businesses to contribute to the Sahalee Splash Park by donating at the price point they are most comfortable with," said Sara Puddy, city of Madras administrative manager.

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