Hillbilly Parrot Head Club
When our club was officially launched in the year 2001, we set sail for
adventures unknown and a burning desire to find our own Margaritaville.
Along the way, this captain and crew have discovered there is great
wealth and personal satisfaction in helping others.
We've contributed in excess of $20,000 from our charitable endeavors and
logged over 5,000 man hours to aid and assist the local chapters of
organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude's Children's
Research Hospital, Walk To End Alzheimers, Relay for Life and Toys for
Tots. Locally, children's hospitals, 3 area animal shelters & several
assisted living facilities all benefit from our efforts.
We have been recognized at baseball games, in newspapers and on
television morning news programs. We've organized celebrity bartending
for charity, entertained cancer patients in hospitals with song and
smiles and we cook at the local Ronald McDonald House on a quarterly
basis. With attention to preserving our local environment and its
ecosystem, we participate in trash collections at area lakes, rivers &
streams. Annually, small toys were collected and sent to impoverished
children via a local pediatrician as he travels to third world countries
on behalf of Doctors without Borders.
A particularly gratifying project was the recent
refurbishing of an area animal shelter that desperately needed
attention. With the help of donations from some city merchants, our club
gave the place a complete makeover, including building new dog runs,
completely painting inside & out, providing new signage and erecting an
outbuilding for use as a storage facility. Some of our more talented
members even designed and painted a complete, life-sized mural on an
outside wall. UPDATE: The local Shelter mentioned here has since
been rebuilt in a new location and the result of our volunteer hours for
their fundraising efforts came to fruition.
Our passive activities include food collection for local homeless
shelters as well as donating soaps, shampoos, dental needs, lotions and
other supplies to local men's, women's and family shelters. Where we see
a need, we try to help fill the void. We listen to all requests for
assistance and coordinate our efforts in the best way possible. We do
not to focus on one particular charity, but strive for diversity. Our
"ship" follows where the winds of "needed" change take us.
After many years of observation, we've concluded that it's the music and
the lifestyle that bind us together as captain & crew, but it is also
the needs within our own community that compel us to dock this party
boat and offer assistance wherever and whenever possible.
Soon we'll put this year astern. With so much more yet to be done,
future journeys will include revisiting old friends and contacts we've
made over the years, as well as making new acquaintances in our Parrot
Head life's "Trip Around the Sun."
There is always someone in the crow's nest, serving as lookout, to
ensure that this schooner of ours is seeking new adventures and dropping
anchor to join in on the next "Party with a Purpose," in hopes of
"leaving this place just a bit better than we found it."