Thanks for making “A Healing Journey” a success!

The Grief Center of Northern Illinois Hospice would like to extend its deepest gratitude to those who participated in, volunteered at, and supported A Healing Journey: On Butterfly Wings. On Sunday, June 26th, over 225 people of all ages came together at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden to remember family and friends who died and celebrated their lives by releasing 275 Monarch butterflies in their memory.

Many, many thanks to everyone who made this inspirational program possible. A special thank you to our event sponsor, Stephen G. Anderson, Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, and 23 WIFR; Advacare Systems, Inc.; Associated Bank; Lance Jensen, Belvidere Funeral Home; Forest City Gear; Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory; Becki Harder, Harder Sign Co.; Howard Sorenson, Lindstrom Sorenson & Assoc LLP; Heath Sorenson, Midland Financial Strategies; and Darryl and Marsha Johnson, Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. We also would like to thank our in-kind contributors: Cliff and Jeff Gray and Gray’s Foods, Hilander, McDonald’s, and Logli’s, and photographers Mary Kay Rubey, David Olson and Tom Leu.

Thank you as well to the Rockford Register Star (Linda, Jennie, Betsy, Geo, Bea, Ben and team), Rock River Times, Dean Ervin and Mark Mayhew, WNTA 1330, Jeannie Hayes and 13 WREX, 17 WTVO/Fox 39, and 23 WIFR for its wonderful support and coverage. You played key roles in this event’s success.

To the team at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden (Jane, Mary Renee and the grounds/set-up crew), thank you for sharing your magnificent Fountain Garden with us. The setting was magical and could not have been more perfect for both our guests and butterflies.

We also received donations from several individuals who asked that their gifts be used to sponsor butterflies for grieving families facing financial hardship. Thank you to those generous donors, as well as to Ms. Angela Larson and Associated Bank for going above and beyond to raise donations for those in need.

Thank you again to everyone who made A Healing Journey: On Butterfly Wings so meaningful. While grief cannot be erased with the release of a butterfly, we hope that participants found some comfort in the beauty of the day, the words we shared–and the community and generosity of those who support them.

Lisa Novak
Development Director
Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center

From the July 13-19, 2011 issue

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