(Seguin) -- It pays to party hard. At least that's according to members of the Seguin Parrot Head Club. Group member Toni Winters says thanks to yearlong efforts, the non-profit group recently was able to hand out 16 checks to groups in Seguin and New Braunfels.
"This year, we had $26,000 to give away to local charities. If you are in the Parrot Head Club and a member in good standing which means you pay your dues, you have the opportunity to nominate charities of your choice in our area, Seguin and New Braunfels because New Braunfels doesn't have its own Parrot Head Club. So we include New Braunfels. Each Parrot Head can nominate one charity of their choice and then we decided how much money we had and how much we could give away. So we narrowed it down to 16 charities. There were 19 charities nominated and we had a vote. The Parrot Head members get to vote. It came down to the top 16 charities that we donated to," said Winters.
Parrot Heads organize social activities for people who are interested in the music of Jimmy Buffet and the tropical lifestyle he personifies.
Winters says raising money, however, is not difficult. In fact, she says it's the group's mission to raise money while having a good time. She says the group's motto is "Party with a Purpose."
"We have monthly happy hours which means we get together, eat and drink and visit and plan fun future parties and stuff like that and have a good time. Parrot Heads are happy people. We just like to be together and enjoy music and dance and laugh and have fun. We have our monthly happy hours and we always raffle at our monthly happy hour. Last night, we raised $600 on a raffle. All that money goes to the charities that we choose. Also, we have our big party which is called a Phling because it's a Parrot Head thing to put the P in front. We have our big phling and we raise quite a bit of money doing that and I was asked last night how do we do it? I said, we have food and fun and drinks and fun entertainment and this great silent auction with wonderful donations from Parrot Heads and businesses in town and that's how we raise our money. We have a good time," said Winters.
Representatives from each group were recently awarded the donation check. Many of them stated that they were appreciative to the group for considering their charitable organization.
The selected groups for 2017 include the Seguin Police Department Blue Santa Program, the Guadalupe County 100 Club, Relay for Life of Guadalupe County, Hope Hospice, the Guadalupe County Humane Society, the Christian Cupboard, Animal Rescue Foundation, the Crisis Center of Comal County, York Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the New Braunfels Food Bank, Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity, Pack the Bus, Etosha Rescue, Seguin Youth Services and the Guadalupe Valley Christian Counseling Center.
Those interested in learning more about the Seguin Parrot Head are encouraged to contact Winters at 830-305-4891.