4th Annual Monarch Butterfly Release and Safety Event in Philadelphia

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Katie's Foundation for Child Safety plans Monarch Butterfly Release and Safety Event to raise awareness about the dangers of unsecured furniture and televisions.

On Saturday, July 28, the award-winning Katie’s Foundation for Child Safety will hold its 4th Annual Monarch Butterfly Release and Safety Event at Jeanes Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia. Katie’s Foundation for Child Safety provides education and awareness to parents, family members, friends and caregivers about the dangers of unsecured furniture and televisions. The Foundation was named after Katie Elise Lambert, of Jenkintown, Pa. At age 3½ Katie was killed after an unsecured wardrobe cabinet fell on top of her.

According the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) there were 245 deaths associated with instability or tip-over of appliances, furniture and TVs from 2000 - 2010. From 2008 - 2010 there were an estimated 22,000 injuries associated with instability or tip-over of appliances, furniture and TVs. Children between the ages of 1 month and 8 years old are overwhelmingly the most likely to be fatally injured. This group also accounts for more than half of all emergency room visits related to this type of accident.

The Butterfly Release is highlighted by the release of approximately 150 Monarch butterflies in one emotional moment. Each butterfly is released in the memory of or in honor of a loved one. The July 28th event is also scheduled to include educational booths from various nonprofit organizations. The event will feature barbecue from renowned chef Jack McDavid, founder of both Jack's Firehouse Restaurant and Jack's Down Home Diner both located in Philadelphia.

Activities and entertainment for children include; face painting, crafts, Moonbounces, games and an appearance by Chippy the Clown. Captain Jack and the Chasers, a local band, will perform. Food and children's activities will be available for purchase. Volunteers from Jeanes Hospital Pastoral Care Department will be on hand at their Hugging Booth for the bereaved.

The Butterfly Release is open to all, regardless of how the loved one died. It is a beautiful way to remember a child, parent, sibling, grandparent, extended family member or friend. Individuals interested in releasing a Monarch Butterfly that day in memory or in honor of a loved one can contact Katie’s Foundation for Child Safety at info(at)furnituresafety(dot)org or through http://www.katieeliselambert.org. Butterflies cost $20 and must be released at the event. All proceeds go towards raising awareness of the dangers of unsecured furniture/appliances and child safety. We would like to remind the public that butterflies cannot be released in the rain - in the event of heavy rain, the butterflies will be released on Sunday, July 29, 2012.

Katie’s Foundation for Child Safety would like to thank Jeanes Hospital for their kindness and support as host sponsor for this event. Jeanes Hospital, the only acute care Quaker-founded hospital in the United States, is a member of the Temple University Health System. The hospital provides communities in Northeast Philadelphia, Montgomery County and Bucks County with advanced medical, surgical and emergency services. Jeanes Hospital is located at 7600 Central Avenue, Philadelphia. The Foundation would also like to acknowledge First Choice Lending Services, Wackerman Funeral Home, Whole Foods (Jenkintown), Hatfield Quality Meats, Luigi's Pizzarama ll (Elkins Park ), Pepsi, Jack's Down Home Diner and State Farm Insurance as co-sponsors for the event.

For more information, please contact Judy Lambert at info(at)furnituresafety(dot)org, 215-317-9371 or visit http://www.katieeliselambert.org. Katie’s Foundation for Child Safety is a 501 (c) 3 organization. All donations made are tax deductible.

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