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: https://coloradobutterflyfoundation.org/apply/

December 8 @ 5:25 pm

Eat Drink & Be Scary! Join us for a “Glamoureen Party!”

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

The theme this year is “Supernatural Glam!” Think: Dracula with ruby encrusted fangs or an Alien Goddess dripping in jewels! Or just come dressed in your favorite costume and have a fang-tastic time!

This is a party not to be missed! Featuring the to-die-for local eats and cash bar with enough elixirs to make you float across the dance floor!

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Tickets: Early Bird tickets will be available until September 15th. 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.

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Date:
December 8, 2022
Time:
5:25 pm MSTw

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!

Click Here to Register!

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.  

Click Here to view a recap of the event!

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.

 

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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.

2021 Putts 4 Patrick Golf Tournament banner

Join us for the 6th Annual Memorial Putts 4 Patrick Golf Tournament benefiting The Butterfly Foundation! 

Registration will open at 6:30 am with breakfast and warm up at the driving range, followed by the Putts 4 Patrick putting contest at 7:00 am and shotgun start at 8:00 am. The tournament will wrap up at the clubhouse for a banquet style lunch and awards ceremony. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place tournament winners, as well as a prize for best dressed!

Your Putts 4 Patrick golf registration will include the following:

• 18 holes of golf, complete with a cart (valued at $140)
• Complimentary lunch (valued at $25)
• Complimentary gift (valued at $20)
• Two complimentary drink tickets (valued at $20)
• Prizes, swag bag, and more (priceless!)
Total value: Over $200!

For questions, Tournament sponsorship, or if your family or company would like to donate a swag bag item, in-kind donation, or prize, please contact Savanah Tanner, Executive Director, at stanner@coloradobutterfly.org.

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ABOUT PUTTS FOR PATRICK

This tournament honors our founder’s late husband, Patrick Fitzgerald, who was struck and killed by a distracted driver on his bike commute home from work in August 2014. The Butterfly Foundation founded this event in 2015 to honor his legacy and raise funds to help Colorado families who have experienced tragedy. All net proceeds from the tournament support the mission and work of The Butterfly Foundation.

ACTION Zone at Aurora Public Schools Teaming Up with Community Partners to Close Digital Divide for Students

Denver Broncos’ Jurrell Casey to lead live online event on Sept. 21 with APS families and staff to ensure students are prepared for academic success    

Denver, Colorado – PCs for People is proud to announce that through the support of our community partners The Butterfly Foundation, Rockwood Equity/Merrill Family, Denver Broncos Community Grant Program, Elephant Learning, and The Casey Fund we will be supporting at least 400 students attending the ACTION Zone at Aurora Public Schools (APS) with their own in-home Windows 10 Pro computer devices and stable internet connections to succeed this school year during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Jurrell Casey an exciting new member of the Denver Broncos and five-time Pro Bowl defensive end selection with the Tennessee Titans will be joining APS families and staff on Sept. 21, 4:00-5:20 p.m. for an online event in multiple languages to highlight his goals for The Casey Fund to support Denver area youth, highlight the resiliency of families, and the success of the ACTION Zone’s Community Schools model   Mr. Casey stated that “Through these intense times with COVID-19 affecting so much, it is our privilege to assist families. Our goal is to both relieve stress and help our youth thrive and prosper.” He added, “Growing up, the term ‘it takes a village’ was very real. My mom did so much and the help of others was an added benefit. It is our chance to be a part of the village now.”

This effort to support the ACTION Zone schools began after The Butterfly Foundation was approached by Joe Merrill at Rockwood Equity, who in carrying on his father’s life long mission to assist in the education of underserved families with limited resources was seeking to help close the digital divide for students.  The ACTION Zone is a set of five APS schools with state-level innovation status. The schools apply the Community Schools model to support a student population with 81.2% qualifying for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program.

The effort has resulted in several partners of PCs for People joining the effort to support all five schools in the ACTION Zone with computer distributions that will take place between September 8 and September 30.

PCs for People thanks our partners listed below for stepping up during this time to ensure that our students succeed.

About the ACTION Zone at Aurora Public Schools

Founded in 2016, the ACTION (Aurora Community-Based Transformation, Innovation and Opportunity Network) Zone within Aurora Public Schools (APS) consists of a hub of five schools: Aurora Central High School, Aurora West College Preparatory Academy, Boston P-8 School, Crawford Elementary School and Paris Elementary School. The ACTION Zone serves over 4,300 students, 74% of students are English Language Learners and 43% of refugee students in APS are enrolled in Zone schools. The ACTION Zone’s mission is that International Leadership ACTION Zone students are high-achieving global thinkers who take action in their communities with support from educators who collaboratively leverage the expertise within and across each of their schools. 

About PCs for People (www.pcsforpeople.org)

Through electronic reuse PCs for People provides the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the life changing impact of computers and mobile internet. Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, every project, program and initiative at PCs for People is centered on getting low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet into the homes of low-income individuals. As an R2 certified recycler, PCs for People has the highest certification for environmental stewardship. 

About The Butterfly Foundation (www.coloradobutterfly.org)

The Butterfly Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that assists Colorado families who have suffered a severe loss, illness or other hardship. Each quarter, we select several Colorado-based families who have experienced tragedy and we establish a fund for their needs. Two recent examples include a widow who lost her healthy 45-year-old husband in a mountain bike race due to cardiac arrest, as well as a grandmother-aged widow who had recently adopted five of her grandchildren and then lost her husband to a heart attack. This year, we have also held several fundraisers for local non-profits providing basic needs during COVID-19 and infusing over $27,000 of funds directly into our Colorado community.

About Rockwood Equity

Small, privately-owned businesses are the bedrock of the US economy and the engine of the nation’s job growth. These companies are typically the result of risk-taking entrepreneurs who succeeded, against great odds, by providing better solutions for their customers while also creating a positive impact for their employees and the communities they serve.  As a private investment firm, Rockwood’s role is to help carry on the legacy of these companies and owners as they enter the next phase of their evolution and continue to give back to the communities they serve. 

About The Casey Fund (www.thecaseyfund.org)

TCF supports community-based organizations that address the needs of at-risk youth and formerly incarcerated individuals. The Casey Fund is eager to work with organizations that strive toward leveling the playing field for all children by providing programming that supports them academically, socially, and athletically.

About the Denver Broncos Community Grant Program

The Denver Broncos are committed to improving lives in our community by focusing on Youth Development, Quality of Life, Health & Wellness, Youth Football and Civic Engagement. Alongside key community partners in each focus area, we are able to make a difference through strategic programming, unique events and dedicated advocacy. For more information on the Denver Broncos’ community partnerships and programs, please visit www.denverbroncos.com/community or follow @BroncosOffField on Twitter and Instagram.

About Elephant Learning

Elephant Learning Math Academy for children was founded in 2016 with a mission of empowering children with mathematics.  Since then Elephant Learning has taught over 1.1 million months of mathematics to over 90k students across the United States.  On average, students in the system learn 1.5 years of mathematics over the course of 10 weeks when they use our system just 30 minutes per week.  Elephant Learning teaches mathematics as a language and covers from counting through Algebra covering the essential topics that, once understood, make it easy to understand the teacher or parent within a classroom setting.  Learn more at elephantlearning.com

About Comcast Internet Essential

Since August 2011, Internet Essentials has connected millions of low-income households to the Internet, most for the very first time. During that period, the program has grown from focusing on bridging the “homework gap” for school-age children to addressing digital equity issues for all Americans. The program offers low-cost, high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax, provides access to free digital skills training in print, online, and in person, and includes the option to purchase a low-cost Internet-ready computer. For individuals and organizations interested in becoming a partner, please visit: https://partner.internetessentials.com to order free collateral materials. To apply, go to: www.internetessentials.com using any web-connected device, including mobile phones. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. In addition, there are two dedicated phone numbers: 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest high-speed Internet, video, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed Internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.