Raquel Sanchez, The Ferraro Group
LAS VEGAS – April 9, 2018 – Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice, today announced the 15th Annual John Anderson ‘Celebration of Life’ Live Butterfly Release took place on The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin® at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
Southern Nevada community members were invited to celebrate and honor the memory of lost loved ones during this annual event, which took place on the large lawn area at the shopping center, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive. The butterfly release commenced at approximately 2:30 p.m. Butterflies were reserved in advance for $50 a box, with each box containing two butterflies.
The event – named after a beloved 23-year Nathan Adelson Hospice employee who passed away in April 2007 – is open to the public. The premise of the butterfly release is based on an American Indian legend for carrying wishes to the heavens. The legend claims that if anyone desired a wish to come true, they had to capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. The butterfly, which makes no sound, could not reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit, who hears and sees all. The butterfly carried the wish to the heavens to be granted.
The annual event brought together hundreds of friends and families to release more than 500 butterflies in memory of loved ones who have passed away.
“The ‘Celebration of Life’ annual butterfly release is a poignant event that gives our community the chance to honor loved ones who have completed the journey of life,” said Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “At Nathan Adelson Hospice, we strive to provide ongoing emotional and spiritual support to patients and families. Since butterflies represent the transition of life, the experience of freeing them is a beautiful gesture and offered a sense of comfort to those who’ve lost someone close.”