Tiny fundraisers are delicate and decorated for Langley event

A butterfly release benefits two local community groups.

More than 300 butterflies will take flight on Saturday.

The delicate insects have been growing in recent weeks for the annual butterfly release which benefits the Langley Care Foundation and the Langley Hospice Society.

A total of 350 butterflies, all Monarchs, are being readied for release.

Attendees are enchanted by the decorated flyers which often flit about the event.

“Our annual butterfly release in partnership with Langley Hospice Society has proven to be an event that grows in popularity each year,” said Patrick Matiowski, director of fundraising with the Langley Care Foundation.

The foundation supports Langley Lodge, the complex care facility. The hospice society, in addition to its work at the hospice site at on the Langley Memorial Hospital grounds, has an array of programs and services for people near the end of life, and their families and friends.

The butterfly release has become an event looked forward to by the community, attracting all ages.

“We receive a lot of positive feedback from guests who participate. As well as the volunteers ftom the hospice society and the Langley Lodge who help pull the event together,” Todd Booth said.

Most people heading out to the event pre-order their butterflies, typically released in memory of a loved one.

“I think people appreciate the opportunity to release butterflies for reasons that are very personal to them,” Matiowski said. ‘Butterflies are beautiful and have so much symbolism associated with them. Their grace and eloquence inspire hope and joy among all who witness their release.”

This year’s 325 butterflies have all been snapped up but the public is still invited to attend the casual afternoon fundraiser.

“We have had a tremendous response to the event and with preorders this year we may be sold out prior to the even,” Todd Booth said. “However, we suggest people come out to view the release as the butterflies do hang out after they are released to enjoy the flowers and berries at Krause Berry Farms.”

The public can also enjoy entertainment, children’s crafts and activities, and face painting as well as the attractions of the farm.

The release happens promptly at 1:30 p.m. while the event runs 1 to 3 p.m. at the farm owned by Alf and Sandee Krause, 6179 248th St.

“They are truly generous hosts and the beautiful space they have created at Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery, is absolutely perfect for this meaningful event,” she added.

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