As a former news anchor and associate producer at CNN, Nancy Fitzgerald began her career covering unthinkable tragedies and heartwarming triumphs. It is these stories that inspired her to discover how she could make a difference, how she could really help people in great need and ultimately launch the Butterfly Foundation. It all started when one family she met while covering a local news story tugged at her heartstrings. She was able to fundraise for this family and those efforts made a life-altering impact on them and their local community. She saw what one small act of kindness could do and it inspired her to do more.


Over the last 14 years, the Butterfly Foundation has provided support for those suffering from medical issues, cancer survivors, widows, families and children who have been struck by life’s misfortunes by aiding in the rebuilding of their lives. “It all started with one ask, one small donation to a family in dire need and it spiraled from there. I couldn’t get enough of giving,” shares Fitzgerald.

But in 2014 while building the foundation, Fitzgerald tragically lost her husband Patrick in a bike accident that left her stunned from the sudden loss and completely grief-stricken. “It was unthinkable that this man who was so full of life and love would be killed. It’s still unthinkable, but I’ve learned to coexist with the loss and ask for help.” Through her pain and sadness, Fitzgerald put one foot in front of the other to help others, and in doing so, she helped herself.

In 2020, Monica Torres was only 19 when her mom died of COVID-19 and she was left to care for her eight siblings. She was struggling to pay the water bill let alone anything else but her school counselor reached out to the Butterfly Foundation, which—with the help of Fitzgerald’s friends at Denver 7—were able to raise over $60,000 to help Torres and her siblings get back on their feet.

“We are here to help bridge the gap between tragedy and triumph. Whether it’s paying off a car payment, nominating teachers who make a difference, supporting the mental health of first responders or working with families recovering from the Marshall Fires, Fitzgerald and the Butterfly Foundation are making a difference. Their goal is to help one family per quarter and increase that number annually.

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Miss A was just 8 years old when she was nominated for assistance through The Butterfly Foundation’s support program. Miss A’s family consists of two loving parents and two older sisters who are 16 and 12 years old. They are immigrants from India and a part of the Colorado Christian Academy community.

In 2021, 7 year old Miss A was healthy and in school, she had been born with a heart condition and was now at her most able state. Her journey up to this point had not been an easy one. From birth, she had been eating through a G-tube and had to have a lot more assistance from her parents and older sisters completing her activities of daily life. She persevered learning to eat without the G-tube and gained control of her body so that she could enjoy life as any other child at her. At 7, Miss A had a full life at school with friends and was as normal as she could be, with the exception of her heart condition and the G-tube that was still in place for medicine.
Last October 2021 Miss A hadn’t been feeling well and so her parents immediately booked an appointment with Miss A’s heart specialist. During the check up, Miss A went into cardiac arrest and fought for her life for 16 minutes. Once the cardiac event ceased, Miss A’s brain  had been injured during the event and she was labeled brain dead. Miss A was previously on the list to receive a heart transplant, but because of the new status of her brain activity she no longer qualified and was ineligible.

Miss A’s family not only had to bear the burden of worry for their daughter and sister, but they would to begin to face large obstacles that would change life as they knew it. Unfortunately their home needed to be fumigated due to pests returning home with them from the hospital. Many things needed to be thrown out and replaced. Once they were allowed back in, Mis A’s parents both took on her 24/7 care to fulfill all of her needs. They suffered unemployment as they had been unable to find sufficient and reliable home health care for their daughter in post pandemic times. The family’s emotions were stretched, not only from the level of care they are having to provide for their daughter, but for themselves and watching each other struggle. 

With the help of a school friend, Miss A came into contact with The Butterfly Foundation and was able to create her support strategy to support her, and her family, as they got back on their feet to and feel normal again. The Butterfly Foundation was able to provide a pressure relief mattress for Miss A to lay comfortably on, groceries for the family for 3 months, a hot meals for the family when Miss A unfortunately returned for a brief time to the hospital, and support in finding mental health resources. Lastly, The Butterfly Foundation was able to assist with past utility bills and provide mortgage payment relief, with the help of private donors. Today the family is still adjusting to life, as Miss A continues to heal and the rest of the family gets back into their own routines.

The Butterfly Foundation is honored to have been a support to Miss A and her family during this challenging time in their lives. If you know of any Colorado families who could use assistance, please do not hesitate to nominate them for our support program. Application can be found on our Support Program Application page or by following this link:

The Butterfly Foundation invites you to our spooky and fun filled 2nd Glamoureen Party!

This is a party not to be missed! Featuring the to-die-for local eats from Jimmy Lambatos, live music and a bar with the perfect elixirs to make you float across the dance floor!

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Tickets: GA Tickets can be purchased up until the evening of the event. Ticket prices will be increased at the door.
Glamour Ticket: This is the party to have fun and go all out, and in case you need it, we enlisted the Glam Squad at Blo Blow Dry Bar to help get you ready for Glamoureen. Select the Glamour Ticket and we will arrange with you to schedule a time with the Glam Squad.

Prizes $150 will be awarded for the Most Glam Costume and $200 will go to the Most Glam Couple.

All proceeds from the event benefit the mission of The Butterfly Foundation.

The Butterfly Foundation and MAD Greens Louisville host complimentary dining and community support event for those affected by the Marshall Fires.  

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Denver, CO – The Butterfly Foundation, in partnership with MAD Greens Louisville, co-hosted a complimentary dining and support event for those affected by the Marshall Fires on Saturday, January 29th. This special dining and community support event aims to help MAD Greens Louisville make their reopening a success, support free lunch and dinner for the victims and the fire/first responders of the Marshall Fire, and provide gift cards from local restaurants and stores to all attendees who were affected. As our goal was to support the families of the 1000+ homes that were lost, we raised over $30,000 in funds and in-kind donations of gift cards in $25 increments to give to each member of the family that attended! Representatives from FEMA,  the Small Business Association, and the Danielle Shannon Agency: Allstate Insurance were onsite to help answer questions.

The concept for a community event began after The Butterfly Foundation learned of the news of the Marshall Fire and how many people would be displaced due to the damage. The Butterfly Foundation supports Colorado families who have experienced tragedy, and therefore began strategizing the most effective way to lift up and support those affected. The event gained traction when Sandra Jones, Board Member, spoke to her neighbor John Montgomery, father President of MAD Greens and part owner of MAD Greens – Louisville, and learned his business had been temporarily closed due to the fire and they were anxious to reopen. Sandra mentioned The Butterfly Foundation’s intention to host a community support event and suggested a partnership, in which both organizations could give back to the community and shine a bit of hope on an area preparing for a comeback.

We send out a special thank you to our event supporters from caring organizations such as the Aurora Rotary Club, Creative Planning, MDC/Richmond American Homes and The BBF’s Who Care Fund, as well as many favorite local restaurants such as Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, Noodles and Co., The Dairy Block, Maven Hotel, Jimmy John’s, Mod Pizza, The Post Chicken & Beer, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, and Illegal Pete’s. 

The Butterfly Foundation has created a special grant program to support those affected by the Boulder County Fires. Donations to support these efforts can made here.



About MAD Greens

At MAD Greens, we’re a place where healthy tastes delicious, you can be you, and where we don’t take anything too seriously…except food and your satisfaction.

Life’s madness: work, family, crazy schedules, weird things going on in the world. And of course, trying to be healthy. Everyone wants to eat healthier – better – just ask them. But all too often, that sounds like a lot of sacrifice, confusion and a whole lot of no fun. But we are here to change some minds (and some habits) (and maybe some bodies along with it). At MAD Greens, we say, embrace the madness. It’s coming no matter what, so laugh at the absurdity, hug your kids even when they’re driving you nuts, and eat a salad that is made with so much wacky attitude and authentic passion, that suddenly healthy eating doesn’t feel like hard work.

That’s embracing life’s madness. How about we start today — say, around lunchtime?

Since our inception in 2004, we’ve been intent on disrupting the status quo: healthy, fast and fresh food should be mainstream, not the alternative. We’ve created chef-inspired salads that will actually fill you up (without putting you in a food coma), warm grain bowls with craveable flavor combos, and satisfying wraps that are as on-the-go as you are.

AC Restaurant Group, a Coors family company, acquired MAD Greens in 2013 with an eye on growth. Under the leadership of Darden Coors and John Montgomery, MAD Greens expanded its madness to Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas and tripled the number of locations.

In 2019, MAD Greens joined forces with Snappy Salads, a Dallas-based salad-centric restaurant, to create Salad Collective. This consaladated group brings together fast-casual concepts with a shared commitment to fresh, high-quality ingredients, amazing culinary experiences and excellent customer service.  

In August 2019, Littleton, CO resident Karen lost her husband Andy at the Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race after placing 8th in the coed duo category. Later it was discovered that Andy suffered from cardiac arrest caused by an undetected heart defect. 

Andy and Karen’s family lived by the phrase, “Get Busy Livin’,” and they demonstrated that energy in all their passions, which included bike racing, skiing and fishing. Their son Jett carries on the energy of his parents and is nationally ranked in cyclocross and mountain bike racing. 

Once the Butterfly Foundation’s support network was activated, we looked for a way to support Karen so that she and Jett could once again, “Get Busy Livin’”. Together with friends of the family, we call “Andy’s Angels,” we learned that Andy had recently performed a demolition the kitchen in preparation for a remodel, but they lacked funds to put it back together. After cooordinating over $35,000 of donations toward the family, we set out on a mission to put the kitchen back together prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The photo below was taken on Wednesday, November 27, 2019—the day before Thanksgiving! 

Karen will be “paying it forward” by starting a foundation that promotes heart health, and will raise funds toward provision of sufficient AED devices at endurance races in CO.

Click here to view the video of her kitchen reveal!

In March 28, 2020 Jennifer Krauss, a single mother and beloved daughter and friend, passed away in Centennial, CO. Jennifer was active, vivacious, and an incredible mother to her two children, John (14), a student at Cherry Creek High School, and Izzie (11), a “straight-A” student with aspirations to go to medical school. 

Upon her death, Jennifer’s family learned that her estate would need to be directed toward her sizable medical bills, which meant her children would be without funds toward their future educational needs.

The ButterflyFoundation, along with the generous support of the Denver community, fundraised over $20,000 to support John and Izzie’s college funds. We are grateful for the communities support of Jennifer’s children and look forward to learning of the wonderful things they will accomplish in memory of their mother.