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Butterfly Art & Charity Auction Friday to benefit hospice

Submitted Photo Pictured is one of many of student artworks that will be sold this year at CHPC’s annual Butterfly Art & Charity Auction.

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care will host their annual Butterfly Art & Charity Auction on Friday, September 27 at Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road, Mayville. Friends, family and art lovers of all ages are invited to join this celebration.

This will be the third year for the charity event, which features a variety of butterfly artwork that was submitted this spring by students in the art programs of several local schools, including Sherman Central School, Fredonia Central School, Jefferson Middle School, Persell Middle School, Cassadaga Valley Central School, Forestville Central School and Jamestown Community College.

In addition to the student artwork, the auction will include a number of goods and services, including a Walt Disney vacation and airline tickets. There will also be basket raffles and silent auctions.

Everyone in attendance at this year’s auction will also be entered into a drawing for a 14kt gold tennis bracelet and diamond studded earrings. The jewelry was donated to CHPC by Donna Thompson.

Proceeds from the sale of the artwork and other donated items will benefit both CHPC and the art programs at the schools that participated in the butterfly art contest. Nearly $2,000 has been contributed to area school art programs that have participated in the butterfly art contest.

CHPC continues this annual collaboration with local school art departments as a way to foster a greater understanding of the hospice mission among students through the creation of the butterfly art. Over 470 pieces of butterfly artwork were submitted this year from participating schools. The butterfly has become a symbol of hope and renewal among many hospices around the country. In addition, one student’s work was selected promote CHPC’s Service of Remembrance in the spring.

“We are excited to feature at this event the beautiful student butterfly artwork,” said Shauna Anderson, President & CEO of CHPC. “The art project gave us a unique opportunity to engage the younger residents of Chautauqua County with our mission and the ideas they conveyed in their art are breath-taking.”

Tickets for the event are $25 for Adults and $10 for children. A buffet dinner is included with cost of admission. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased at CHPC offices at 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood and online at the CHPC website, www.chpc.care. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“This will be an exciting event with something for everyone,” says CHPC event coordinator BJ Buonaiuto. “We invite the community to celebrate the creativity of these students and share in an evening of fun and excitement that will benefit the programs of Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care and the art departments of the two schools.”

The mission of Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care is to provide end of life education and care in Chautauqua County. CHPC provides hospice care for patients and families facing life-limiting terminal illness, palliative care for those with serious chronic illness, and bereavement support to individuals, families and organizations who have suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information, visit www.chpc.care or call 338-0033.

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