PHUN COAST PARROT HEAD CLUB
The Club's History:
In the rural town of Bunnell, Florida, the club originally formed as The Phlockers of Flagler County on April 28, 2003. It was felt that The Club required a more tropical feel - so it was decided to move closer to the beach. The Club relocated to the areas of City of Palm Coast and City of Flagler Beach, which is ocean front. The Club changed their name to The Phuncoast Parrothead Club and was just what was needed to boost morale of the membership and expand The Club’s involvement within the beach communities. This has grown to a point that Flagler Beach not only enjoys The Club’s award winning entries in the annual July Fourth and Christmas parades, but the Mayor of Flagler Beach has also declared the first Friday of every April as “Phuncoast Parrothead Day”.
What They Do:
Throughout the year, regular events are scheduled, which benefit a charity. These include: monthly phlockings or impromptu parties at a favorite venue, beach/full moon get-to-getters, July 4th/Xmas parades and full day events for Relay for Life or Alzheimer’s Association walk.
The main charities that we support are The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and The Alzheimer's Association. In 2016 we volunteered 3,048 Parrothead hours to raise $13,211 for these two charities as well as Hospice of Flagler, Toys for Tots, The Florida Sheriff's Boys Ranch, The Sea Turtle Patrol, The Humane Society, Parrothead medical assistance, our local food bank, and others.
What phun would it be without cruises - it is a great way to raise funds for charity. In 2017 we cruised to Grand Turk, The Dominican Republic and Key West with Highway One & Friends as our entertainment. Previous years we cruised to Cozumel and Key West with The Tropical Drifter Jim Lamb and Captain Nick as entertainment. Oh what phun we had when we cruised to the Bahamas and had the party at Senor Frog's with Jim Lamb heading up the entertainment. We appreciate the support other clubs such as the Spacecoast Parrothead Club and the Tallahassee Parrothead Club gave us in our fundraising. It's all about working together and having phun.
Other examples are the road cleanup on an adopted stretch of A1A that is performed four times a year and the beach cleanup on International Coastal Cleanup Day. It’s not unusual to have two or three dozen members report to duty, clean the two miles of highway and beach - follow it up with comradery and phun at a favorite venue.
To add to the phun we enjoy supporting other club's events such as Beaches A1A' Beach Bash, Parrothead Rendezvous, Fruitcakes in the Alley and most important Meeting of the Minds, usually having a large contingent at each event. To top it off, 20 members were able to attend the Jimmy Buffett concert in Tallahasee for Hurricane Relief.
The Charity Nearest To Our Hearts:
In 1995, Jimmy Buffett wrote "Enduring echoes call out from his past, Time ain't for saving, No time's not for that. Chasing false echoes like a lost legionnaire, He waltzes on memories while he fades like a flare." These haunting words in the song "False Echoes" were about his dad, James Delaney Buffett, who died in 2003 at age of 83 from Alzheimer's, a devastating disease that ravaged his family for many years.
Alzheimer's disease is a dark, heartbreaking disease. Unfortunately - at present - there are no survivors. It has no socioeconomic or geographic boundaries. There are approximately 5.5 million individuals in the United States with Alzheimer's disease. An estimated 5.3 million are 65 and older, and about 200,000 are under 65. In Florida alone there are more than half a million people living with this terrible disease.
The Phuncoast Parrothead Club has made helping to find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease -- and supporting those coping with it - one of our top priorities. This effort is led by an extremely courageous individual in our club with first-hand knowledge of the challenges of Alzheimer's, having recently lost her mother to the disease. Our club actively participates in the annual Alzheimer's Memory Walk in Flagler Beach,the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. We have continuously emerged as a leading fundraiser for Alzheimer's research in our community, and we will continue to seek out opportunities to assist those who have Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Like Jimmy, the Phuncoast Parrothead Club will continue to support this effort until a cure is found.
What Makest Them Great:
When you think of the international club credo “Party with a Purpose,” the Phuncoast Parrothead Club comes immediately to mind. Since 2003, this club has emerged as a leading local charitable organization that has made a profound difference in our community. Our club is comprised of an enthusiastic, talented, inclusive and deeply committed group of individuals who not only appreciate the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffet, but also support important national and local causes which impact so many Americans today. Many of the causes we support impact us personally – from the American Cancer Society to Alzheimer’s Disease to cleaning and protecting the beaches and highways where we live.
Our club is well known and respected within our community – and not just for being phunloving individuals who phlock together with a mutual goal of enjoying life – but also because we have made a tangible impact. We touch lives on a daily basis through our charitable activities, fundraising events, volunteerism as well as personal gestures of kindness during challenging times. The members of the Phuncoast Parrothead Club truly believe that if one person can make a difference, then a handful of awesome angels in tropical shirts can help to make our community – and even our world - a better place for future generations.
To find out more about Phun Coast Parrot Head Club (or join!), go to: http://phuncoastphc.com