Fri, Jun 1st 2012 10:00 am
Ben Preisch entertains a monarch butterfly from a previous Niagara Hospice Memorial Butterfly Release.
Niagara Hospice will hold its
ninth Memorial Butterfly Release from 1 to 3pm on Saturday, July 7 in the
Memorial Gardens located at 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport.
In many cultures, butterflies are
recognized as universal symbols of faith and transformation, making them the
perfect means to celebrate and remember the lives of loved ones. The event is
open to the community, and families and individuals are invited to release
butterflies in memory or in honor of someone special to them. In addition to
the mass release, there will be activities for the whole family including a
bounce house, kids' crafts and games, balloon art, face painting, and music by Step
In Time. Light refreshments will also be available.
Special Events Coordinator Mandy
Raff said over 350 butterflies were released last year into the gardens by
guests from throughout Western New York. "We look forward to this event every
year because it brings families together, and it gives us an opportunity to
celebrate with them as they remember people who were such an important part of
their lives," said Raff.
Live monarch butterflies and sun
catchers can be purchased for $25 each and, new this year, participants can
start their own "Garden of Hope" by purchasing a butterfly milkweed plant
called Soulmate for $40 each. All proceeds from the event directly
benefit Niagara Hospice patients and families. Live butterflies may be
purchased by pre-order only and orders must be placed by Saturday, June 30. To
order butterflies, hand-painted butterfly sun catchers, and Gardens of
Hope, call Niagara Hospice at 280-0766 or visit the Events page at www.NiagaraHospice.org to make a
secure on-line donation. The butterfly release is sponsored in part by Register
Graphics, Ulrich Development Company, Lockport Tops, Wrights Corners Tops, and
Ms. Sandy Sargent.
Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life
comfort, care, and support since 1988 to over 20,000 Niagara County individuals
and families faced with terminal illness. No one is ever denied hospice care
due to inability to pay. For more information, visit NiagaraHospice.org or call
Hospice at (716) 439-4417.