Family Man - Written and Performed by Sean Mahan
As we kick off our Second Annual Flamingo Week, we'd like to take this time to explain why we take the time to dedicate an entire week to benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Our Flamingo Week is dedicated to a dedicated father and loving husband, Jim Mahan. He is the reason we do Flamingo Week.
Some years ago, Jim's mother gave him a plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament for Christmas as a gag gift. Because his family found it so hilarious, he began getting flamingos every holiday. Eventually, it became a tradition.
In 2012, James was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. For his 55th birthday, his wife asked his friends and family to send him flamingo cards, hoping he would get 55 cards for his last birthday. James ended up with over 200 cards and many other gifts – blow-up flamingos, flamingo hats, coasters, pens, candy, glasses, and shirts. A group of his coworkers “flocked” his house the night before his birthday. Even after his birthday, cards and gifts kept coming. He was a man who was loved by all and will always be missed.
When his wife and daughter decided to move to Wilmington and buy a small stationery store, they wanted to honor their memory of him. His daughter designed a logo that would be a symbol joining their new life at a stationery store and the happy memories of her father. Thus, the Flamingo Quill was created.
Because of Jim and the wonderful man he was, we dedicate a week to help Lower Cape Fear Hospice so they can continue to do the great work they do.