Parties with a purpose

Parrot Heads hosting back-to-back charity fundraisers next weekend

Though summer is definitely on the wane, with August more than half over, the fun's not done just yet — at least not for the Lakes Area Parrot Heads, who will be hosting their biggest party of the season, in the form of back-to-back events benefiting local nonprofits this coming Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23-24.

The local Parrot Heads will be launching maCAWS for PAWS and Boats & Bars. Though the emphasis is on summer fun for both events, they will be benefiting the Marshmallow Foundation and the Becker County Food Pantry, respectively.

Macaws for Paws

Animal lovers will want to circle Aug. 23 on their calendars, as the Parrot Heads will be hosting their seventh annual fundraiser for the Marshmallow Foundation, an animal shelter and adoption shelter at 1478 Mallard St. in Detroit Lakes.

The Macaws for Paws celebration gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Friday inside Zorbaz, at 402 West Lake Drive, and continues through a 9 p.m. raffle drawing — with the first prize being a $1,300 travel voucher from Travel Travel to book the vacation destination of your choice.

Though there will not be a live band, Radio Margaritaville will be playing plenty of lively trop-rock music, and there will be a silent auction including a large selection of gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, pet-themed gift baskets, musical memorabilia and more, all leading up to the raffle drawing.

“You do not need to be present to win,” said Jim Brogren, president of Lakes Area Parrot Heads.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, and may be purchased at the Marshmallow Foundation or from any Parrot Heads member.

"We'll also be out selling tickets in front of Zorbaz this Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.," Brogren added.

For more information about the Marshmallow Foundation, visit

Boats & Bars XIV

The Parrot Heads’ annual party on the lake, set for Aug. 24, has been going on for 14 years now, taking over the sandbar between Big and Little Detroit lakes for 4-5 hours — though the fun starts a little earlier than that. 

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