THE 21ST BUTTERFLY Luncheon, benefiting Houston Hospice and its pediatric Butterfly Program, featured a moving testimony by Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, a former Miss America and a hospice nurse.
Introduced by emcee Lisa Malosky, Rafko-Wilson took the mic at the Junior League of Houston, where more than 200 supporters gathered on a sunny Friday afternoon. She spoke about her experiences as a nurse, and what it was like starting a hospice care service in her hometown of Monroe, Mich. Her stories had the audience in tears, both from laughter and from crying.
The event garnered $150,000 that will go directly to the Houston Hospice Butterfly Program, which cares for children ages two to 18 who have life-limiting conditions.
Joyce Salhoot, Rana McClelland, and Al and Nancy Gatmaitan
Judy Bristol, Eileen Abu-Rish and Sally Lukatz
Sue White and Rose Cullen
Nyla Nahas and Medina Hassansie
Jill Johnson and Nancy Thurington
Linda Olvera and Ruthie McGilbert
Cheryl Sorenson and Cynthia McGowen
Meg Horne and Becky Nahas
Ann Becker, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Wilson and Debra Kahn