On Butterfly Wings

Holocaust Museum's inspirational Butterfly Project takes wing with champagne launch

Holocaust Museum's Butterfly Project takes wing with champagne launch

Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Eileen Weisman (Board Member), Mark Mucasey (Board Member), Tali Blumrosen (Butterfly Project Chair), Gail Klein (Board Chair)
Eileen Weisman, Mark Mucasey, Butterfly Project chaIR Tali Blumrosen, Holocaust Museum Houston board chair Gail Klein. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, mannequin
A Neiman Marcus mannequin dressed in butterflies. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Tamara Savage_Steven Hammer_Syd Moen
Tamara Savage, Steven Hammer, Syd Moen. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, butterflies
The Butterfly Project display is both inspirational and heart-wrenching. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Zahava Haenosh, Bill Spitz
Zahava Haenosh, Bill Spitz. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Susan Bischoff, Mary Ryder, Dr. Kelly Zúñiga
Susan Bischoff, Mary Ryder, Kelly Zúñiga. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Ann Leis, Jorge Leis
Ann Leis, Jorge Leis. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Naomi Warren (Survivor, Board Member), Mary Lee Webeck
Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren, Mary Lee Webeck. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Christopher Tribble, Julie Kinzelman, Heidi Gerger (Board Member), David Gerger
Christopher Tribble, Julie Kinzelman, Heidi Gerger, David Gerger. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Gary Markowitz (Chair-Elect), Ruth Steinfeld
Gary Markowitz, Ruth Steinfeld. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Katherine Morille, Trish Morille
Katherine Morille, Trish Morille. Photo by Pricilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, butterflies
The Neiman Marcus couture salon embellished with Holocaust Museum Houston butterflies. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Walter Hecht (Past Chair), Liz Zaruba (Couture Manager, Neiman Marcus), Benjamin Warren
Walter Hecht, Liz Zaruba, Benjamin Warren. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, butterflies
Neiman Marcus salutes the Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Eileen Weisman (Board Member), Mark Mucasey (Board Member), Tali Blumrosen (Butterfly Project Chair), Gail Klein (Board Chair)
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, mannequin
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Tamara Savage_Steven Hammer_Syd Moen
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, butterflies
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Zahava Haenosh, Bill Spitz
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Susan Bischoff, Mary Ryder, Dr. Kelly Zúñiga
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Ann Leis, Jorge Leis
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Naomi Warren (Survivor, Board Member), Mary Lee Webeck
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Christopher Tribble, Julie Kinzelman, Heidi Gerger (Board Member), David Gerger
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Gary Markowitz (Chair-Elect), Ruth Steinfeld
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Katherine Morille, Trish Morille
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, butterflies
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, Walter Hecht (Past Chair), Liz Zaruba (Couture Manager, Neiman Marcus), Benjamin Warren
Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project, March 2016, butterflies

As heart-wrenching as the subject is — the death of 1.5 million children in the Holocaust — the launch of The Butterfly Project, in remembrance of those children, enjoyed a something of a celebratory note as the champagne flowed in the couture salon of Neiman Marcus.

Holocaust Museum Houston's tribute to those lost children has inspired butterfly creations from around the world, filling the museum's coffers with a total of 1.5 million remembrances. The result is a series of six traveling cases which display thought-provoking and thoughtful examples from the collection. 

More than 150 VIP museum supporters were invited for a preview of the Neiman's display and to salute the museum's 20th anniversary. Guests perused three vitrines of butterflies and mingled amid a flock of colorful butterflies that extended from store display windows to the seating area in the couture salon. Those three cases and three more in the Galleria proper will be on display through the end of the month. From there, the poignant collection will visit various locations throughout the area. Details are available on the website.

"Butterflies are a powerful symbol of transformation and the ability to make an impact with just a flap of one’s wings,” said museum executive director Kelly Zuniga. “They symbolize all the good things that humanity can imagine, while reminding us that life is fragile and dignity is delicate.”

The program included remarks by Butterfly Project chair and former museum board chair Tali Blumrosen and by the current board chair Gail Klein.

Guests included Holocaust survivors Naomi Warren, Edith Mincberg, Bill Orlin, Ruth Steinfeld, and Chaja Verveer as well as HMH board members Leisa Holland-Nelson, Heidi Gerger, Nancy Dinerstein, and Crystal Ashby.

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