By Carey Reeder / Special at the Advertiser
The Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center will host its largest and oldest fundraiser, Flutter, on February 3.
The event has become a permanent fixture on the first Thursday in February for the nonprofit organization and will welcome the community to help raise funds for children in Chilton County affected by trauma and abuse.
Butterfly Bridge, which celebrates 10 years of advocacy in 2022, works closely with county law enforcement, child protection services and non-offender parents to assist children during the investigative process by conducting interviews and offering trauma-focused therapy. In 2021, the organization interviewed 144 children with new cases. The group also stays involved with every child they meet throughout their legal process and offers them services beyond a verdict, if necessary.
“We are that neutral agency that just provides this continued support at a very difficult time for these families and children who are going through very dark days,” said Jana Zuelzke, Executive Director of Butterfly Bridge. “Our goal is to make things better for them and to help them heal so that their lives are not further defined by the abuse they have suffered. “
In order to continue the tremendous work, events like Flutter that cater to the community are needed to help raise money to fund the organization. Flutter was a virtual event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but returns this year with the theme “Wings of many colors”. The event will feature live performances from CashBack, a Johnny Cash tribute band, hearty appetizers provided by the Jemison High School Culinary Arts program, drinks and a live auction and silent. Flutter begins at 5:30 p.m. on February 3 at Sixth Street Warehouse in Clanton.
“We have always had great success with the support of the community since the start of this event,” said Brittani Ellison, Events and Development Coordinator. “It’s just a fun social event where people can come and have a good time while supporting our organization whether through donations, sponsors or auctions.”
Customers can expect a wide variety of items to bid on at auction, such as handmade items, jewelry, holidays, artwork, and more. Butterfly Bridge has generated around 20 sponsors for Flutter and expects that number to double as the event date nears. Sponsorship opportunities range from $ 100 to $ 2,500, and all proceeds go directly to help fund forensic interviews and therapy sessions for the children.
“No matter your budget or your taste, there will be something for everyone,” said Ellison.
While Flutter is Butterfly Bridge’s flagship event, the rest of 2022 will be filled with events related to the organization’s 10th anniversary. An open house at its new location will take place later in February, followed by Child Abuse Awareness Month in April in which the rights group is heavily involved. The second phase of the expansion of the new facility will also begin in the spring.
“It’s just wonderful to see when the staff are working with these children and the community comes together to see what you can do directly every day,” said Zuelzke. “It’s great to see that during all these years that we have had a need, the community has always grown stronger and these kids get better when there is that community support.”
Those interested in purchasing tickets, making a donation, donating auction items or becoming a sponsor of Flutter can do so online at flutter.swell.gives.