Butterfly Wishes Gratitude

butterfly wishes header v2The Solace Tree is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The work we do to provide hope and healing to children, teens and families would not be possible without the considerable support we receive from this community – of money, time, services and resources.

Special thanks to event hosts KRNV News 4 newscasters Shelby Sheehan and Joe Hart for helping us honor them at the Butterfly Wishes event.

Award Recipients

  • Knights of Columbus
  • William C. McGowan Charitable Fund 
  • House of Bread 
  • SWAG/Blue Moon
  • Alliance with Washoe County Medical Society
  • Walton’s Sierra Chapel
  • Thelma B. & Thomas P. Hart Foundation
  • Reno Rodeo Foundation
  • The Bretzlaff Foundation
  • Bonanza Casino
  • Pat Mooney
  • Leonette Foundation
  • Port of Subs

The Solace Tree is only able to complete our mission because of the hundreds of volunteers who donate their time and their hearts to the families who need their help. Since the Solace Tree was founded in 2004, volunteers have donated more than 125,000 hours to this wonderful cause. We were able to recognize three of our longtime volunteers at Butterfly Wishes.

  • Monica Gonzalez
  • Jim and Julie Wardleigh

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The Solace Tree’s first-ever gala was an outstanding success, thanks to our partnership with the talented members of the National Association for Catering and Events. These people and organizations went above and beyond to make The Grove an even more beautiful location, filled with extraordinary entertainment.

Please join us in thanking the NACE members, donors, sponsors and attendees for coming together in a magical night. We know this list is long, but that’s only because there are so many individuals and businesses to thank, so that’s a good thing, yes?

National Association for Catering and Events Donors

  • Art in Bloom
  • Camelot Party Rentals
  • Ciprian Photography
  • Celadon Events
  • Creative Coverings
  • Destination Tahoe
  • Digiprint
  • Florabella Designs
  • Karen Burns Productions
  • Luke Stevenson
  • Manzanita Glow
  • Quality Event Design
  • Red Carpet Events & Design
  • Reno Tahoe Limo
  • Sierra Nevada Chocolate 
  • Southern Wine & Spirits 
  • Tahoe Event Rentals 
  • Tahoe Moonshine Distillery 
  • The Grove 
  • Verterra Dinnerware

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These organizations came on board to sponsor the Solace Tree and the Butterfly Wishes event. We’re grateful.

  • RGJ Media
  • United Construction
  • Gunderson Law Firm
  • Great Basin Federal Credit Union
  • Michael Dermody
  • The Richard and Patricia Flochhini Foundation 
  • Karen & Dave Wertzberger
  • Crawford Design

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We made more than $6,000 through generosity of our donors to the the live and silent auctions, as well as the guests who bid on these fantastic items! Thank you to Silent Auction Host Dean Hankey, as well as Live Auction Host Jack Smith, who was aided by his brother and sister, Max and Jordan.

Auction Donors

  • Achieve Fitness 
  • Advantage CPR/Kristan Michelic
  • Alex Shaw
  • Becky Papa Photography 
  • Body Balance
  • Bruka Theatre of the Sierra
  • Campo
  • Chick Chat
  • Circus Circus
  • Creative Coverings
  • David Tscheekar
  • Destination Tahoe Meetings & Events
  • Eldorado 
  • Harvey’s / Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
  • Jean Booth
  • Jo Lawrence, Reno PhotoBooth
  • Kate & Jean-Pierre Patay
  • Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel 
  • Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival 
  • MaZa Salon
  • Richard & Pat Flocchini
  • Reno Aces
  • Reno Tahoe Limo
  • Reno Vulcanizing Works
  • Richard & Pat Flocchini Family Foundation
  • Siena Hotel
  • Silver Legacy Resort Casino Hotel
  • South Creek Pizza
  • Squeeze In
  • Steamboat Springs 
  • Un Caffe

Special thanks to all of the Solace Tree kids and teens who shared their artistic talent with our guests!

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An event like this cannot happen without the enthusiasm, dedication and talent of the planning committee.

  • Shakka Moore
  • Nisha Hallert
  • Emilio Parga
  • Julie Malkin-Manning
  • Dave Wertzberger
  • Jackie Shelton
  • Kate Patay
  • Lisa Cook
  • Becky Papa
  • Lisa Deleon
  • Theresa Andrew
  • Wende Dahltsen

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