CSCDE held a successful 12th Annual Wings of Hope: A Butterfly Release on June 25, 2022 at Milton Memorial Park. This is a very special and unique celebration of life that has become an inspiration for many in the community who have been touched by cancer. This memorable event featured a live butterfly release to symbolize the special lives lost to cancer. Wings of Hope is an event you will want to put on your calendar every year!
As a part of a repertoire of signature events that have become widely throughout Sussex County, this event is highlighted by the release of beautiful butterflies in recognition of family, friends, and neighbors throughout whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
We were thrilled to bring back vendors, art exhibit, entertainment, and more in 2022. We anticipate over 200+ people attended this uplifting event, and over 500 people watching virtually.
***Registration has now closed for purchasing butterflies. If you missed the event, you may still purchase merchandise and t-shirts!
9:00 AM Welcome! Vendors & Activities Open
9:15 AM Learn About CSCDE Programs by Kate Antisavage & Erika Narducci
9:30 AM Milton Theatre Performs
10:00 AM Sara ‘Songbird’ Freih Sings
10:30 AM Ceremony Begins / Opening Remarks by Nicole Pickles
11:00-10 AM Countdown to Butterfly Release (time is approximate)
Butterfly Release Update:
Monarch populations are down significantly (80-95%) and breeding is extremely volatile. These levels are so low that the migratory phenomenon to Mexico and coastal California is at risk.
CSCDE and the Wings of Hope planning committee want to do everything in our power to protect and respect our natural surroundings. Therefore, we are aware of this risk and have decided to release Painted Ladies during the ceremony this year.
Good news, Painted lady butterflies are stronger creatures than Monarchs and have more than 100 host plants including thistles, asters, and Joe pye weed. We will be selling seeded wildflower packets at the event and online this year to replace the seeded butterflies, as these contain many of the host plants enabling these butterflies and others species to survive and thrive!
What else can you do to help the Monarchs?
We can take action to protect natural habitat; to plant native milkweed and flowers; avoid pesticides; support wildlife-friendly, local, and organic agriculture; contribute to research efforts via community science; and organize ourselves to push for policy changes.
We appreciate your understanding and look forward to another unforgettable event!
References: XercesSociety.org, Butterflyconservation.org
A BIG thank you to ALL of our generous 2022 donation items from the following:
Mary Kay Independent Consultant – Connie Mauro
Sea Shell Shop
Swell Joe Coffee
Tough Luck Tattoo
Center for Inland Bays Garden Center
We look forward to a lovely event in 2023!
The following are our respected Honorees:
All Cancer Patients
All Those No Longer With Us
Anyone on This journey
Alice Barnett Susan Baseman
Eileen Bedman Rozi Berberian
Nelson Betts Harry & Annie Betts
Parnell Biles Marlene Bischoff
Nancy Bischoff Father of Kristina Blackburn Blackburn
Sharon Bottura Jesse Briner
Marlene Brown Grace Bucklin
Frances Cameron Sharron Cannella
May Cannella Linda, Sue and Nancy of the Cape Artists
Wayne Catchpole Don Coburn
Sharon Cooper Richard A Cordrey
Faye Crossgrove Jackie Crowley
Jerry Dalsey Anthony DeLuca
Larry Demere Joseph DeViva/DUKE my forever friend
Lee Dogoloff Shawn Donnelly
Patricia Dvornick The Many Friends of Lisa Eline Eline
William Farrow Sharon Farrow
Linda Federico RoseMary Fetterman
William P Fetterman Sr. Fabiola Fiore
Francoise, Renee, Philippe Louarn Dupres, Nadjar, Gaeta
Brooke T Freeman Friends of Mindy
Bonnie Futcher Edythe Garman
Pastor John G Louise George
Father of Jon Garvey Garvey Nancy Elizabeth Grimm
Mathias Giordano Anita Guzman
Barry Hastings Dad, AKA Fred Hays Hays
Johnny Hitaffer Alice Hitaffer
Maryanne Holzapfel Tony Jackewicz
Leslie Jones Kristen Kalfin
Sue Ann Kane Robert Karpin
Robert Konkel Carol Krebs
Ellen Landon Mom of Charity Lewis Lewis
Pat, friend of Charity Lewis Lewis Sharon Lupinski
Jessica Marrone Diane Marshall
Michael Massey Regina McCann
Jim McCann Jane McMahon-Gilly
Dutch Miller Samuel B Miller
Mildred S. Miller Debbie Miller Johnson
Betty Millman Erika Narducci
James Naylor Penelope Neckowitz
Timothy Nelson Joseph Ossi
Barbara Perrucci Phyllis Ann Phillips
John A, Phillips, Sr. Nicole Pickles
Gina Pike Christopher Pointer
Anna Pollisino Rhys Raitz
Courtney Brendan Riordan Debi Romano
Michelle Sammons Kelly Scafidi
Ray Schinzel Antonie Schulz
Elle Shaeffer Leslie Ann Simon
Dad AKA Leroy Skinner Skinner Mom AKA Margie Skinner Skinner
Grandparents of Tommy Smith Smith Evelyn Sobel
Martine Sorensen Diamond Marian Stumpf
Steve & Pam Szypulski Nancy Elizabeth Thigpen
Lynn Thompson Tunnell Cancer Center Staff
Michelle Louise Warren John & Anna Warrington
Carmen Washington Marjorie Weiss
Richard Whalen Jeannie Wittig
Nana Wittig Rozi Zachowitz