2nd Annual Butterfly Ball
Saturday, February 27, 2021
5 pm - 9 pm CST
The Alana Rose Foundation is excited to host the 2nd Annual Butterfly Ball on Saturday, February 27, 2021! Due to the uncertainly of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event will be held virtually. You are invited to participate as you “cocoon” in the safety of your own home. While the silent auction and main program will be available for free viewing online, only registered guests will receive a link to participate (at no cost) in the Butterfly Social. Enhance your experience and show your support by purchasing a VIP ticket, which includes access to a Private VIP Pre-party and After-party, an entry into a drawing for a free ticket to next year’s Ball, and additional add-on options.
Schedule of Events
Online Silent Auction (FREE)
This year’s silent auction will be online!
Bidding begins on Saturday, February 20th at 9 am CST.
Auction closes on Saturday, February 27th at 9 pm CST.
More information on how to bid will be posted on our website and social media outlets.
5:00 – 6:00 pm CST Purple Carpet “Flutter-by” (VIP Guests Only)
VIP guests are invited to dress to impress and “flutter-by” the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club to walk the purple carpet, have professional photos taken for free by Little Frog Photography, pick up your Butterfly Bag filled with lots of goodies to enhance your at-home experience, and grab your 3-course gourmet dinner (including dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes) and Butterfly Martini’s to-go! Social distancing and face masks will be required for your safety. Additional restrictions may be added to comply with current local public health orders. Curb side pick-up will be available, if needed.
6:00 – 6:30 pm CST Dinner (On Your Own)
6:30 – 7:00 pm CST Private VIP Pre-party (VIP Guests Only)
VIP guests are invited to an exclusive virtual pre-party featuring live music by the talented Shekinah King.
7:00 – 7:30 pm CST Butterfly Social (FREE)
Join us virtually for a casual networking event where you can show off your ball gowns (or pajamas) and mingle with other guests. You will also have the opportunity to enter a variety of breakout rooms to learn more about local resources available to support families who experience pregnancy and infant loss. If you represent a local partner organization and would like to reserve a free breakout room, please email AnnualButterflyBall@gmail.com. Guests can also purchase a private breakout room to connect with friends and family at the event.
7:30 – 8:30 pm CST Butterfly Ball Program (FREE)
This year’s program will be live-steamed to our website and social media outlets and will feature musical performances from Shekinah King and Quentin Whitmore, artwork by Dr. Ryan McAdams, poetry, a candlelight moment of remembrance, and special guests from UnityPoint Health Meriter’s Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program and Harambee Village.
8:30 – 9:00 pm CST Private VIP After-party (VIP Guests Only)
VIP guests are invited to an exclusive virtual after-party featuring music by DJ Stacktrace.
50% of the proceeds from this year's event will support the Harambee Village's efforts to establish the Harambee Village Birth & Family Center in order to address the alarming disparities in birth outcomes among Black women in Southern Wisconsin and Dane County
25% of the proceeds will help support UnityPoint Health Meriter's Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program
25% of the proceeds will help support the ongoing efforts of the Alana Rose Foundation to raise awareness and provide hope, healing, and support to families who experience pregnancy and infant loss
Angel Butterfly Display
Whether you had an early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or infant loss, your baby's life matters! The Alana Rose Foundation would love to honor and remember your "angel baby" by including their name and date of death on our Angel Butterfly Display.
To include your baby/babies in the Angel Butterfly Display, please complete the Angel Butterfly Display Survey. In order to respect privacy and the wishes of bereaved parents, we ask that this survey only be completed by the parents/legal guardians of the baby.
There is NO COST to include your baby in the Angel Butterfly Ball. If you are interested in becoming an Angel Butterfly Memorial Sponsor for $50, please contact us. This allows you to honor your baby with a full-page “In Memory of….” message (with optional photo) displayed on the event slide show that will play during the reception and dinner at the event.
We need your help to make our 2nd annual fundraising event a success! We are in need of donations for the online silent auction. By donating a service, experience, item, or gift card, you’ll be making a tax-deductible contribution and will benefit from exposure of your company’s name to those who attend the event. Donors will be acknowledged at the event and on our website and social media outlets. Additionally, there are several sponsorship opportunities available for your consideration. Full information can be found in the attached Sponsorship Form.
All contributions are tax deductible through the Alana Rose Foundation, Inc. (Federal EIN #84-2839389).
For more information, contact AnnualButterflyBall@gmail.com.
Photos from the 1st Annual Butterfly Ball
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 1st Annual Butterfly Ball a huge success!
Special thanks to our sponsors and special guests, including:
Hope After Loss Clinic
More than 100 people gathered on Saturday, February 29, 2020, to support the 1st Annual Butterfly Ball, the inaugural fundraising event for the Alana Rose Foundation. Special thanks to the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club for being such an amazing host and for their generous support of our event.
Thanks to Kirsten Engel Photography, as guests arrived, they were able to have professional photos taken on the purple carpet in front of the Butterfly Display, which was made by the talented Jamie and Bev Nelson. High-resolution photos from the event are available for free download at https://kirstenengel.passgallery.com/-_projects_14532636/gallery.
Champagne and Butterfly Martini’s were flowing during the cocktail hour, while guests enjoyed the beautiful music provided by Shekinah King. Our Angel Butterfly Display honored more than 100 babies who left this world too soon. We also sold Alana Awareness Bracelets and crane ornaments as part of the 1000 Cranes Fundraiser. After an amazing dinner, guests enjoyed delicious “Bundtini’s” that were generously donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes.
The formal program started with a welcome from Alana’s dad, Corey Whitmore. Next, guests watched a special video of Alana’s big brother, Quentin, playing “Happy Birthday” on his viola. Alana’s mom, Kim Whitmore, then shared Alana’s heartbreaking, yet inspiring, story and described the various activities that the Alana Rose Foundation has going on to help support their mission to raise awareness and provide hope, healing and support to families who experience pregnancy and infant loss.
Thanks to our incredible guest speakers who helped raise awareness about the local prevalence of pregnancy and infant loss and the racial disparities that exist, as well as resources that are available to help with prevention and support after loss, including: UnityPoint Health – Meriter’s Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program, Public Health Madison and Dane County, Harambee Village Doulas, Healing Our Hearts and the Hope After Loss Clinic. Araceli Esparza also shared her beautiful and powerful poetry with us all. Thanks to A Way of Life Media who provided videography services throughout the evening, videos of the program will be available on our website once editing is complete.
After the program, guests hit the dance floor thanks to DJ services that were generously provided by DJ Stacktrace. We even had a special appearance by Portia Cox – Ms. Wisconsin United States 2019 who was working to advocate for pregnancy and infant loss during her campaign for Ms. Wisconsin World International.
This event would not have been possible without the generous support of our event sponsors, including: Harambee Village (Purple Emperor Butterfly Sponsor), Anonymous Sponsor (Purple Emperor Butterfly Sponsor), First United Methodist Church (Monarch Butterfly Sponsorship), Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (Pink Butterfly Sponsor), Rory and Anne Nelson (Pink Butterfly Sponsor), and several individual Angel Butterfly Memorial Sponsors. In total, we raised more than $5000 in sponsorships!
More than 60 individuals and businesses donated bottles of wine and silent auction items, which raised more than $2000 at the event. In total, $8000 in proceeds was donated to help support UnityPoint Health-Meriter’s Pregnancy and Infant Loss Program, which included the purchase of a new CuddleCot cooling system to help give grieving families the priceless gift of time.
A Resources table provided information about local resources for bereaved families and gave guests the opportunity to make donations to local partner organizations. In total, more than $500 was raised and donated to help support Camp Hope, Faith’s Lodge, Healing Our Hearts, and Mikayla’s Grace.
Finally, thank you to everyone who helped support the planning efforts for the 1st Annual Butterfly Ball, especially our fabulous planning committee! We could not have made this happen without each of you!
“While we would have much rather thrown a 1st birthday party for our sweet Alana, since she can’t be here with us, there is no better way we could think of to celebrate her life and officially launch the Alana Rose Foundation. Thank you to everyone who helped make this such an incredibly special event.” said Kim Whitmore, Founder and President of the Alana Rose Foundation.