Shelby's Social Diary
Whimsical butterflies take on a serious meaning for Holocaust Museum Houston
While dazzling, silk Monarch butterflies soared overhead and diamonds and gold glimmered in the cases at Deutsch & Deutsch Jewelers, the grounded message of Holocaust Museum Houston was not far from the surface of the gathering that celebrated the Butterfly Project Calendar.
More than 150 supporters browsed the jewelry collection and sampled party foods and libations from Maker's Mark Distillery while perusing the calendar featuring arts and crafts butterflies created by children from across the globe. Stacy Soefer and Holocaust survivor Lili Gordon chaired the event where the calendars were on sale for $10.
The butterfly was chosen to serve as a symbol of the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust and HMH is collecting that total — 1.5 million — artful butterflies for a breath-taking exhibition in 2013. To date, the museum has received 600,000 butterflies from children around the world. The 2011 calendar contains representative samples of those works.
Calendar sales have already totaled $40,000 with another $40,000 is hoped for to help keep the museum admission free year-round and fund its worldwide educational outreach programs for students.
In the early-evening crowd were Leisa Holland-Nelson, Cynthia and Richard Loewenstern, Punkin and Walter Hecht, Tali Blumrosen, Cindy Soefer, Eileen and Leonard Weisman, Barry Mandel, Ed Smith, Isabel David, Robin and Lance Deutsch,Charlotte and Peter Berkowitz and museum executive director Susan Myers.