Hospice butterfly release June 5 at Utica College

NEW HARTFORD — The Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. Development Council will hold its annual Butterfly Release at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Utica College, with a rain date of June 6.

The event includes the individual release and flight of hundreds of Monarch butterflies accompanied by music and followed by refreshments.

Registration will begin at 5 p.m. in the Strebel Student Center Lounge. Sponsorship is $25 per butterfly or five for $100. Butterflies must be reserved ahead so those interested are asked to call for availability. Those who cannot attend the Butterfly Release Celebrations can have their butterflies released for them. For information visit www.hospicecareinc.org or to sponsor butterflies contact the Hospice Development Office at 735-6484, ext. 249.

An expression of hope and peace, the Butterfly Release Celebration is an opportunity to honor or memorialize loved ones by sponsoring a butterfly in their name. "Their release signifies freedom and happiness," hospice officials said.

The proceeds from the Butterfly Release will support Hospice Services and Bereavement Support to those who reside in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties.