Butterfly Festival in Appleton raises money to prevent child abuse

More than 1,700 people take part in 9th annual Butterfly Festival in Appleton (PHOTO: WLUK)

APPLETON (WLUK) - The 9th annual Butterfly Festival in Appleton brought families together to raise money to prevent child abuse.

More than 1,700 people came out to City Park, helping to raise $52,000 for Family Services-Parent Connection program. Parent Connection is a parent education and early learning program that encourages and supports families.

Visitors got a take part in games, crafts and other activities for the whole family.

Various local groups also took part to support the cause.

But the big attraction had each family releasing a butterfly.

"We decided the butterfly was really great symbol for our mission which is to help families fly,” said Crystal Uebelher, Butterfly Festival Committee Member. “So the butterfly fit in really well there and we saw it as an opportunity to kind of have families have a moment to come together so at the end of the festival every family gets to release a butterfly."

Festival organizers say more than 1,000 butterflies were released in city park.

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