Flutter event raises $6,000 for Butterfly BridgeBy Emily Etheredge Published 3:36pm Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Event organizers raised more than $6,000 at the fourth annual Flutter 2014 event Feb. 6 at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center on the Jefferson State Community College campus.
“Giving the event a new face this year proved to be the right decision by the staff and board,” Jana Zuelzke, Executive Director/Child Forensic Interview Specialist with Butterfly Bridge, Children’s Advocacy Center said. “A new event name, new location, the addition of food, the addition of a live auction portion, and the diversity of the items being auctioned brought in more people.”
Zuelzke said the event, a fundraiser for Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center, had more than 150 people in attendance after snow showers alarmed some individuals who planned to attend.
“This was double the amount of attendees from the previous event,” Zuelzke said. “We are still receiving some donations related to the event, but as it stands, we are right at $6,000 from the ticket sales and the silent and live auction.”
The Whistle Stop Combo played jazz music in the background which set the tone for the atmosphere organizers were trying to create, Zuelzke said.
“Board member Charity Battles headed up the decorations committee and created a beautiful atmosphere at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center with an English garden theme,” Zuelzke said. “Tommy Glasscock entertained the crowd during the live auction portion, and the items featured in the live auction were works of art by local artist Sue Anne Hoyt and Shelby County artist She-She Vaughn.”
Other items auctioned during the live portion included a refinished side table by Jennifer Zuelzke and three pieces of jewelry donated by MorLyn’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts.
Zuelzke said the item that went for the highest amount during the live auction was a vintage cultured pearl necklace donated by MorLyn’s for $425 to the highest bidder.
“We would like to thank all artists, businesses and individuals who donated items for the auction,” Zuelzke said. “So many assisted in many different areas leading up to the event and at the event to help make it a success. If you helped in any way, you helped make a difference in the life of a child in Chilton County who has suffered the trauma of abuse.”
The mission of Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center is to offer a safe, child-friendly environment to children who have been victimized by abuse or neglect as it carries out the mission to provide restoration and justice in their lives.