Phinz Up! We’re the Parrot Heads of Central Florida. While this name should ring a bell with you, just in case it doesn’t, we are the “people your parents warned you about”! We are that strange group of people known for dressing in outrageous tropical attire and wearing funny hats and lei’s whenever Jimmy Buffett comes anywhere near Orlando. And while Jimmy’s music and the Parrothead lifestyle is part of the reason we exist, it’s not the WHOLE reason!
We are a not-for-profit organization with deep ties to the needs of the Central Florida community, and our main interest is giving back (and, of course, having a good time doing it!) We certainly enjoy the lifestyle Jimmy sings about in his songs, but we also take to heart his desire that each chartered club, within the international boundaries of Parrot Heads in Paradise (PHIP), fulfill needs within their respective local communities through charitable and community service volunteer work.
Since our inception in 1992, our Club has been involved in countless hours of volunteer work and donated countless dollars and goods for a variety of beneficiaries. The list includes Tornado and Hurricane Relief, Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society, Give Kids The World, the Russell Home for Atypical Children, Boggy Creek, Juvenile Arthritis Foundation, and a whole lot more! We have cleaned beaches and highways through our Adopt-a-Latitude and Adopt-a-Shore programs. We have donated all kinds of materials, from school supplies to holiday gifts, to children and others in need through our Lucky Stars program.
We are a social organization for singles, couples and phamilies and encourage our children (affectionately referred to as ‘keets’) to get involved in community service at an early age and help us leave this place “a little better than we found it”.
Remember the part about having a good time while giving back to the community? That’s the essence of “Party with a Purpose”! We make sure no social event is held without a deserving beneficiary, and likewise, no good deed goes without a party immediately following! We are growin’ older, but certainly NOT up!