Butterfly sculptures on display to raise funds for education

COLORADO SPRINGS — Sculptures of butterflies and dragonflies are on display at the Pioneers Museum Sept. 2, to be auctioned off at the Butterflies & Boots Gala and Auction, which takes place Sept. 24 at Boot Barn Hall.

The Rotary Club of Colorado Springs is hosting the Grand Reveal from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pioneers Museum on Friday, September 2. The event is free and open to the public, and visitors can view works by local and regional artists.

The weatherproof sculptures will be on display at the museum until September 24. They will then be put into action during a flight, an event and a silent auction. Proceeds from this event will go towards STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education, as well as Rotary Club of Colorado Springs community service projects. Last year, Flight raised $120,000 for District 11 and the Community Service Fund.

11 dragonfly sculptures as well as 21 garden-sized butterflies will be auctioned. The event includes 36 small butterflies, which will be featured in an online auction from September 3 until approximately 7:30 p.m. Theft event.

The little butterflies will be on display at the Pioneers Museum during the Grand Reveal, then moved to the Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery, beginning September 3.

Kay Rendleman, president of the Colorado Springs Rotary Club, said, “We invite you to join us at the reveal. I want to thank the Pioneer Museum for partnering with us again this year and to thank all the citizens of Colorado Springs who have supported this event over the past 15 years. It is thanks to your support that we have been able to do so much to help our community, and in particular our children.

Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs, Karen Mooty, photographer

The Rotary Club said it will donate a portion of the funds raised to school districts in Colorado Springs for their arts and science programs. The money raised will also go to the Rotary Community Service Fund for projects in the local community.