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Pair of businesses donate to Butterfly Bridge

 James Cleckler of ALFA Insurance presents Jana Zuelzke with a $5,000 check donation. (Photo by Anthony Richards / Advertiser)

James Cleckler of ALFA Insurance presents Jana Zuelzke with a $5,000 check donation. (Photo by Anthony Richards / Advertiser)

Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center received two financial donations in consecutive days from Alabama Power and ALFA Insurance.

The first donation was made on Wednesday with a $5,000 check from ALFA Insurance.

“If a child and their family was able to receive every service that we provide, it would be about a $1,200 value that they are getting for free because of community support,” Butterfly Bridge executive director and child forensic interview specialist Jana Zuelzke said. “This donation in itself will serve about five children. That is awesome, because the last thing we want to do is re-traumatize a child.”

According to ALFA Insurance representative James Cleckler, ALFA has picked a different charity for the past five years, and this year Butterfly Bridge was the chosen organization.

“Every year at Christmas, we make a donation on behalf of our retirees,” Cleckler said. “It’s all about helping the community and honoring our retirees in the process.”

Alabama Power followed on Thursday by offering a two-year Elevate grant that will provide Butterfly Bridge with $10,000 in 2015 and $5,000 in 2016.

“It’s for the purpose of helping organizations that already do fantastic work continue to grow their mission,” Alabama Power area manager Mike Jordan said. “The recipients that were rewarded grants last year were able to expand existing programs which allowed for more participants.”

According to Jordan, The Alabama power foundation has given grants to various organizations for 25 years, but this is the second year that Elevate grants have been awarded.

Zuelzke understands the importance of such donations in maintaining the overall mission of the program.

“As a non-profit, we rely heavily on community donations to keep our doors open,” Zuelzke said. “This was very unexpected, and we are very grateful. The last thing we want to do is re-traumatize a child.”

The center seeks to help the community one family at a time. However, this can only be assured with the help and appreciation of both citizens and businesses throughout the area.

“Organizations such as Butterfly Bridge do such great work, and it’s our desire to make sure that they have the tools they need,” Jordan said.