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FUNDRAISING, FLORIDA-STYLE

For $25, get a great prank on someone you like (or don't) and help fight cancer.

She moves under the cover of darkness, a drive-by do-gooder.

Barbara Sessa, city clerk for the town of San Antonio, is heavily involved in raising money for Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Last year, her husband went outside one morning to get the newspaper and returned with a strange look on his face.

"There's a whole bunch of birds on our lawn," he said. Sessa went out and saw a sea of pink plastic flamingos and a note from the Relay for Life team in Zephyrhills. Sessa had been "flocked."

"And I caught the flocking fever," said Sessa, who went out and bought 16 plastic flamingos to do her own flocking.

Here is how it works: You think of someone who would think waking up to a bunch of plastic flamingos would be funny (or maybe someone who definitely would NOT think it's funny - that's up to you to take the wrath) and you call Relay for Life and give them a $25 donation.

Then, Sessa or other volunteers will make the hit during the night.

So far, a woman who just gave birth to a baby girl has been flocked - with one flamingo dressed as a stork, complete with a baby doll.

The nuns at the convent in St. Leo were flocked and thought it was enjoyable enough to pass on a flock to the president of Saint Leo University. Sessa thought she might have a problem flocking the president, as there are security guards there "to keep riffraff off the property."

But she and the flamingos made it past them.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4609.

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For information

To flock someone, call (352) 279-0487 or (352) 588-3553. For information about the San Antonio Relay for Life, call (352) 424-1694 or e-mail richterfp@embarqmail.com

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