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Butterfly Wishes Gala: culinary event benefits grieving children


solace-tree-logo-02-7775732-3100870The National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) presents the second annual Butterfly Wishes Gala, in partnership with, and benefiting The Solace Tree on Thursday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Silver Legacy Resort Casino.

Going on 11 years in northern Nevada, Solace Tree provides peer-support groups and information for grieving children, teens and families who are affected by loss.

The gala provides guests with a decadent culinary experience by Silver Legacy, entertainment, extravagant auction and a venue to celebrate the many businesses, organizations and people who support northern Nevada.

This year, Solace Tree is honoring Dave Sutherland, President and CEO of SWAG | Blue Moon, for his gallant efforts to support Solace Tree and many others.

Since opening SWAG | Blue Moon in 2011, Dave has donated over $250,000 to local charities and non-profits in northern Nevada. Through an application program designated Blue Moon Dreams, charities and non-profits can apply for services and donations to assist in their promotional causes.

“Because of the generous support of business owners like Dave, we are able to operate in a more successful manner,” said Emilio Parga, executive director of Solace Tree.

“He has given so much to us over the years, not only in donations, but in volunteer hours from his team, as well. We hear the same thing from other non-profit organizations throughout our community,” added Parga.

Butterfly Wishes is $125 per person; hosted VIP table $1,500. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit www.renotahoenace.net.

A 501c (3) non-profit organization based in Reno, Nevada, the Solace Tree provides peer support, information, and education to schools and the community promoting healing and recovery for grieving children, teens and their families who are affected by loss. The Solace Tree receives no government funding, instead it is supported entirely by private donations and professional training fees; and relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations. For more information, visit www.solacetree.org or call 775-324-7723.

NACE is the oldest and largest professional as­sociation that addresses all aspects of the cater­ing and events industry. Through the collective efforts of members, local chapters, committees and the Foundation of NACE, NACE is at the forefront of the issues that directly affect you and your business. For more information, visit www.renotahoenace.net.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.