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.

 

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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.

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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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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