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Butterfly release lets hope rise

CARLSBAD — The entire county is invited to join the Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice for the fifth annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release May 18.

Because of the growing popularity of this event, two Wings of Hope events will take place at two different times and locations on May 18.

In Carlsbad, the release will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort and Spa, 1 Ponto Road in the Shearwater Ballroom.

There will also be one from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts,1340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido in the Museum Gallery.

Community members of all ages are invited to attend and to sponsor butterflies in memory of or in honor of loved ones. Wings of Hope will include music, inspirational readings and a release of butterflies as memories are shared among family members and friends.

Attendance to this family event is free and open to the community. Registration is required. A $25 donation is appreciated for each butterfly to be released. All donations benefit The Elizabeth Hospice. No prior hospice affiliation is necessary to attend Wings of Hope.

To RSVP and to reserve butterflies, register via e-mail at [email protected] or call  (760) 796-3797 by May 15.  For more information, visit online at

The Elizabeth Hospice has a 36-year tradition as the premier provider of medical, emotional and spiritual support to the seriously ill and their families, and is the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the region. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has provided services to more than 85,000 patients and families in San Diego County, regardless of their ability to pay. In addition, the Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice provides comprehensive counseling and grief support services in the community.