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Phelps Health Foundation Raises Over $18,000 at Annual Butterfly Release Celebration

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The Phelps Health Foundation raised $18,765 at its annual Butterfly Release Celebration, held at Huffman's Flowers of the Field in St. James.

Published on May 29, 2024

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Three Things to Know

  • On May 18, the Phelps Health Foundation held its annual Butterfly Release Celebration and raised $18,765.
  • The event honors loved ones and supports the Foundation's Mission Fund.
  • The 2025 Butterfly Release Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 17.

Thanks to the community’s generosity, the Phelps Health Foundation raised $18,765 at its Butterfly Release Celebration on May 18, 2024. Held at Huffman’s Flowers of the Field in St. James, this annual event honors loved ones and celebrates life.

The event began with opening remarks from John Money, senior vice president of Human Resources and philanthropy, and Paige Heitman, director of philanthropy. Chaplain Daniel Phillips offered a heartfelt prayer, and Chaplain Nicholas Lewis read a touching poem. Christopher Spencer, MD, president of the Foundation board, ended the festivities by reading the list of honorees, followed by the release of 150 monarch butterflies.

Butterfly release participants

“Seeing the butterflies take flight was a magical experience," Money said. “We hope this event brought a sense of peace and hope to everyone who attended and served as a beautiful way to remember and honor their loved ones.”

Proceeds from this event benefit the Foundation’s Mission Fund, which supports Phelps Health initiatives and patient needs.

Special thanks to the following businesses and individuals who sponsored this event:

  • Annette Wells
  • Clay and Brooke Hartsfield
  • Dale and Janece Martin
  • Davin and Paige Heitman
  • Denine Grivetti
  • Diana Pantaleo
  • Drs. Joe and Cathy Bond
  • Dr. Ronald D. Wilkerson
  • First State Community Bank
  • Gingerbread House, Inc.
  • Huffman’s Flowers of the Field
  • Intercounty Electric Operation Round Up
  • Kaitlin Mace Photography
  • Linda’s Ladies
  • McCarthy Building Companies
  • Null & Son Funeral Home
  • OxyCare Medical Supply Company
  • Paige Fairbairn Music
  • Patrick Barron
  • Phelps County Bank
  • Price Chopper
  • Rolla Lions Club
  • Spencer Manor Winery
  • Sunset Acres of St. James
  • The Miller Family
  • U.S. Bank

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“This event is a wonderful way to come together as a community to honor loved ones and celebrate life,” Dr. Spencer said. “I look forward to this event each year and am inspired by the outpouring of support that allows us to impact our patients.”

Event speakers

Looking Ahead

The 2025 Butterfly Release Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 17. Plan now to attend and support next year's event. Learn more about the Phelps Health Foundation here.

Found in: Community Foundation Health Hospice Phelps Health Foundation Philanthropy Wellness