ebony bucknerEbony Buckner and her 6-year-old son, Shamar, lived out of a suitcase for two years. To escape an abusive relationship, they bounced between short-term housing and women’s shelters, taking refuge where and when they could. Ebony and Shamar were first featured on Denver’s CBS4 news, where she explained that she took eight train or bus trips every day to get herself to work and her son to school. When local resident Anita Holland saw her story, she felt instantly compelled to help.

Together, Anita and CBS4 reached out to The Butterfly Foundation. We knew immediately that Ebony was an ideal recipient of aid from our organization since we exist to help those experiencing hardship or tragedy who may typically “fall between the cracks” of other charitable organizations. Within a month, we were able to move Ebony and Shamar into a new apartment, closer to her job and Shamar’s school and complete with brand new furniture from American Furniture Warehouse and CORT.

“Ebony just wants to be the best mother that she can be,” says Deborah Givray, Executive Director of The Butterfly Foundation.

“Now, she can stop worrying about their living situation and focus on her family and education.” As a hard-working single mother, Ebony puts her son Shamar above everything else; as a surprise, we also coordinated a total beauty makeover for her so that she can take a well-deserved moment to treat herself.

We are so grateful to CBS4 and Anita Holland for bringing us Ebony’s inspiring story and allowing us to help her carve a path to success.  To watch their story CLICK HERE

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moseley family picturesThe Moseley family had much to celebrate this Christmas thanks to a local nonprofit, The Butterfly Foundation coming Together for Colorado. Eleven-year-old Mateo’s is excited about his special delivery, a new bed and new beds for his other 4 siblings. He had been sleeping on the floor after flooding in their apartment forced them out into a hotel for 6 weeks. But thankfully the Butterfly Foundation stepped in to help this family of seven.


Founded in 2009, the Butterfly Foundation has been helping struggling families brought down by tragedy or hardship rebuild their lives. They paid the Moseley’s deposit for a new apartment, beds for the children, furniture, bedding, and took them to Wal Mart to purchase toiletries and other essential items their family needed after flooding destroyed most of their items.

Una Marie Mosley, the Mother, has overwhelming joy and gratitude as their family now has a home and a fresh start. Their children all have the essentials to help them get a good night’s sleep so they can go to school rested. In addition, both parents too now can go to work knowing that the children have beds to sleep in and once again a place to call home.

Thanks go out to Channel 4’s Jamie Leary and Kelly Werthmann, who brought this family to the attention of our foundation. Also thank you to Tom Valdez, Valdez Photography for the pictures and video footage for this story! Check out the the story on CBS Denver

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Children’s Hospital Day of Miracles Radiothon – Children’s CIRCLE OF CARE

The Butterfly Foundation generously donated $10,000.00 in 2017 to support the Denver Children’s Hospital Foundation during the Day of Miracles Radiothon attended by Nancy Fitzgerald. This major contribution qualified for a membership into the CHILDREN’S CIRCLE OF CARE (CCC). CCC is a program that honors leading individual benefactors to 26 prominent children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada. CCC was established to encourage private investment in pediatric medicine and recognize leading benefactors for the critical role they play in advancing children’s health. The program honors philanthropists whose contributions ensure excellence in patient care, the education and training of pediatric physicians and medical professionals, research for better treatments and cures, and advocacy for children’s health and wellbeing. CCC membership is open to individuals, couples and family foundations that make cash contribution(s) of $10,000 or more in a calendar year, according to contribution criteria, to any of the 26 participating children’s hospitals.

Our Participating Denver Children’s hospital honors local CCC members personally through a variety of means including exclusive invitations to special events, behind-the-scenes looks at the practice of medicine and opportunities to interact with leading physicians and researchers.

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Thanks to the generosity of The Butterfly Foundation, the American Red Cross purchased a truck (Chevrolet Silverado) to be used for disaster relief in our local Colorado communities. Volunteers drive this truck on scene to local disasters, which occur almost daily, and provide critical assistance and hope to families devastated by fire. It is only because of your generosity that families can take a step forward, be comforted by a Red Cross blanket and be provided with their most basic needs. On behalf of the 933 Colorado families who received aid from the Red Cross last year, following a house fire, thank you. Thank you for being the best part of someone’s worst day.

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Lynda was a stage 3 breast cancer survivor and a Butterfly Foundation recipient. After undergoing numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Lynda found herself constantly ill, exhausted, and she was disheartened by the fact that she could not recognize her own reflection in the mirror. She had lost all of her hair, and the chemotherapy had taken a huge emotional and physical toll on her. The Butterfly Foundation gave Lynda an extensive makeover that took six months to complete.

Her makeover included a CO2 Fraxel Laser procedure, and breast reconstruction. Healthier, stronger, more confident, and as beautiful as ever, Lynda is now feeling good about her health and her appearance.  To watch her story Click Here  

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Anne Hanson’s daughter reached out to The Butterfly Foundation requesting if we could help support her mother after she had gone through a very rough patch in her life. Anne had gone through a divorce from her first husband, and her second husband left the family without any notice; leaving Anne struggling with three part-time jobs and caring for her son, Todd, who was 37 and suffered from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Todd was completely wheelchair bound; perpetually living on feeding tubes and a vent. The Butterfly Foundation donated a state of the art computer to Todd that was equipped with a Gaze Tracking application which allowed him to communicate and interact with the world.

Though this small gesture of help for Todd alleviated much of the reliance he had on his mother, the Butterfly Foundation did not stop there. Anne Hanson received complimentary therapy sessions, along with a beautiful makeover, that helped her feel like herself again. The main goal was to remind Anne that she was not on this journey alone, and that she will get through this rough time in her life feeling strong, confident, beautiful, and supported by her community. To watch her story Click Here

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Launa Stiles was devastated when she had lost the love of her life, Sgt. Jonnie L. Stiles, due to a roadside bombing in Afghanistan while he was serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Sgt. Stiles was a true hero that protected his country’s freedom with passion and love in his heart, and he had made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and his family.

The Butterfly Foundation, along with Solera Salon, wanted to show how much we appreciate our troops and their families. Though it was a small gift of thanks for the families that have supported our heroes, this is a heart warming story of a true community in action. To watch her story Click Here

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Susan Gibson reached out to The Butterfly Foundation after the untimely death of her fiancé, Douglas. Understandably, she was grief stricken with loneliness and despair after losing her best friend. Susan had recently moved to Denver, and she needed help with the daunting task of remodeling her condo by herself.

The Butterfly Foundation stepped in to lend a helping hand by supporting her emotionally, and contributing to the small task of her condo being remodeled, which proved to be a huge relief for Susan. We were happy to help put a smile on her face again!

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The Butterfly Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to helping women and families in need, donated two cars bought at cost by iFleetDIRECT to a struggling family as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration for iLendingDIRECT (the business formerly operated as Fleet Financial). Nancy Fitzgerald, who heads all three organizations, made the presentation to the Quenzer family on August 8th, 2016 at the company’s Centennial, Colorado headquarters.

The Quenzer family suffered a devastating setback early this year when their five-year-old son, Preston, was hit by oncoming traffic while walking to the grocery store with his brothers. Now helping Preston recover from severe brain injuries that have virtually incapacitated him, they needed reliable transportation both to get to work each day and a vehicle large enough to help take Preston to his medical appointments. The Butterfly Foundation donated a 2013 Toyota Sienna and a 2012 Ford Fusion, generously provided by iFleetDIRECT; to the Quenzer family.

Nancy Fitzgerald, President and CEO of ilendingDIRECT, calls the ceremony bittersweet. Established almost ·8 years ago while Nancys working as a news anchor reporting exclusively on distressing stories, the Butterfly Foundation helps families deal with extreme hardships and those who have ‘slipped through the cracks.’ Nancy knows all too well about loss and devastating circumstances as she lost her husband Patrick Fitzerald three years ago to a distracted driver while he was riding his bicycle home from work one evening. “While I will always miss Patrick, I am gratified by this opportunity to give back to the local community,” she said. ‘The Quenzers have been rocked by tragedy and deserve our support as they navigate this heartbreaking misfortune. Philanthropy is one of my company’s mission values, and purchase and refinancing of vehicles is what we do, so helping them just made sense. It’s our duty and privilege to give back.”

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