Tracy-Locke honors legacy of Catherine Violet Hubbard on her 18th birthday.

Six-year-old Catherine loved all animals. But it was butterflies which truly mesmerized her. When one would land on her finger she would whisper, “Tell your friends that I am kind” and watch as her words would float into the sky on the butterfly’s wings. Sadly, her voice was forever silenced at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT when a gunman took the lives of six adults and 20 children. For over a decade we have been partnering with the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary to help spread Catherine’s message of kindness.

As Catherine would have been 18 on June 8th, we wanted to do something extra special. Knowing how much she loved butterflies, we partnered with the North American Butterfly Association to rename the Monarch butterfly, the Catherine Butterfly for one day in her honor. The idea quickly took flight as the Catherine Butterfly was recognized with a United States Congressional Citation from Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and a State Proclamation by Connecticut Governor, Ned Lamont. Butterfly houses, zoos and animal organizations across the nation helped spread the word about the Catherine Butterfly and every time someone shared a picture of one fluttering a donation was given to the CVH Animation Sanctuary. The re-naming ceremony took place during Catherine’s Annual Butterfly Party in Newtown Ct, in front of 15,000 people. It was a beautiful day filled with love, compassion and animals, just as Catherine would have wanted.

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