Avow’s 16th Annual Butterfly Release is planned April 2 at Cambier Park in downtown Naples. The butterfly tent with the nearly 1,000 butterflies, later to be released, will make a comeback at the event this year. Children can visit several activity stations, while Avow’s bereavement staff is on hand to assist with anyone who may need extra support.

Registration and children’s activities are from 9 to 11 a.m. A memorial service, with inspirational readings, music and a name-reading ceremony to honor the lives of loved ones is planned from 11 a.m. to noon at the park’s band shell, followed by the butterfly release.

“This annual event honors the lives of people we have lost in an uplifting way,” said Jaysen Roa, Avow President and CEO. “The event is designed to celebrate life and beauty, with the hope of allowing people to release some grief from their loss.”

The event is endowed annually by the Gorlach Family. Participants can donate $50 to sponsor a butterfly in tribute to a loved one or can attend for free to watch the beautiful release. Funds from the event support Avow’s hospice and community programs.

For information or to donate for a tribute, visit avowcares.org/butterflyrelease.

About Avow:

Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow’s nonprofit companies provide palliative care consultations for adults facing chronic or serious illness and hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults. To learn more about the scope of services provided by Avow, call 239-261-4404 or visit www.avowcares.org.