Painted lady butterflies were the stars of the show at the fifth annual butterfly release at Chartwell Langley Gardens on Thursday afternoon.
The event benefited the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation and brought together residents and staff of the Walnut Grove seniors residence as well as members of the public and neighbouring businesses to support the cause.
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Laurette Snell has lived at Langley Gardens for 16 years and takes part in the butterfly release to honour a late friend who lived there for 11 years.
“This is my third one. I do it for my friend that I lost five years ago,” Snell explained.
The afternoon featured people having a chance to set newly hatched butterflies free in the garden courtyard of Langley Gardens as well as enjoy live harp music, bid on silent auction items, purchase raffle tickets and more.
“Your support today helps us buy urgently needed equipment, provide education programs and improve care,” said Lisa Rosales, the hospital foundation’s legacy giving manager.
Since it started in 2015, the butterfly event has raised more than $15,000 for the local hospital.
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