The St. Bernards Advocates, a group of community leaders dedicated to supporting the mission of St. Bernards, has kicked off butterfly sales for its fourth annual butterfly release on Sunday, Sept. 18.
The event is designed as a day of celebration and remembrance and will be held on property adjacent to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House at 1148 East Matthews Ave. Activities will take place on the east parking lot at the St. Bernards Imaging Center, the area closest to the water features at the hospice house.
The Advocates are selling Monarch butterflies which will be released in memory or in honor of family members or friends as a part of a program that will begin at 2 p.m. Butterflies may be purchased for $15 each or 10 for $135, with proceeds benefiting the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.
Deadline to purchase butterflies and ensure that names of those remembered and honored are included in a printed program will be Friday, Sept. 9. All butterflies purchased will include acknowledgements sent to those being honored.
Butterflies can be purchased from members of the Advocates, at the St. Bernards Development Foundation office at 400 East Street, Jonesboro, or online on the Foundation web site at www.stbernardsfoundation.org.
Activities will get under way at 2 in the afternoon on Sept. 18 and will include entertainment, arts and crafts for children, refreshments and a butterfly art show featuring art and photography from residents young and old throughout Northeast Arkansas.
The first Advocates’ Butterfly Release was held prior to groundbreaking for the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. One has been held each year since that time, with proceeds going to the hospice house.
The Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House accommodates patients in 20 private suites and is designed to offer end-of-life care to patients who for one reason or another cannot remain in their homes for hospice care. It was constructed with funds from a communitywide capital campaign spearheaded by the St. Bernards Development Foundation.
Additional information may be secured by contacting the Foundation office at 336-5009.