GODFREY — Friends of Wings will hold its second annual Butterfly Beginnings event, A Style Soiree, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in the Commons at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Joy FM’s Virginia Kerr will be master of ceremonies for an event offering guests an opportunity to shop for local boutique fashion trends and accessories, while enjoying a live model-mingling fashion show and supporting a noble cause.
Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Wings program of BJC Hospice, which aims to bring comfort to children and their families through a compassionate and comprehensive interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes quality of life as being paramount throughout their journey.
“Through child and family care, education and the use of evidence-based research, the Wings team is a model for excellence in the provision of palliative and hospice care at a local level,” Illinois Friends of Wings Board Member Brenda Eardley said. “When you join us for A Style Soiree, you will have fun and celebrate life while providing critical funds that will directly benefit BJC Friends of Wings children and family.”
BJC Pediatric Hospice cares for children diagnosed with terminal illnesses who have been given less than six months to live. Wings has served more than 500 children since its inception in 1997. Most of the children live in the St. Louis area on both sides of the Mississippi River.
“Friends of Wings is a vital source of funds for BJC Wings pediatric hospice and palliative care program, which strives to optimize quality of life and serves the total needs of the child and family, including physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical needs regardless of their ability to pay,” Eardley said. “All money raised in Illinois stays in Illinois.”
Friends of Wings Illinois is launching an effort to bring a new Wings on Wheels (WOW) vehicle and therapist to the Metro East that would be exclusively based in that area. In addition to meeting a practical need of Wings caregivers, the vehicles help provide the tools to foster communication and understanding between children facing life-limiting situations and those who surround them.
There is no charge for WOW services. The program relies on donations from the community to maintain this resource. The WOW vehicle goes wherever it is needed: to family homes, schools, places of worship and community groups.
Tickets, which are $40 each, and sponsorship opportunities for A Style Soiree can be found at www.friendsofwings.org. For information, call (314) 953-1695.