Around Town: 13th Butterflies Flight auction goes virtual, raises $100,000 for D-11 and Rotary | Lifestyle

The 13th year for the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs’ highly anticipated auction of large art butterflies and dragonflies would have been a Western-themed evening of “Butterflies and Boots” at the Boot Barn.

Then COVID-19 crowd restrictions put its spurs in it.

Instead, the club persevered in an all-new, 2020 way, concluding the fundraiser virtually without a traditional formal gala. It was a success, netting more than $100,000 for School District 11 art and STEM programs and Rotary service projects.

The large juried-artist metal butterflies and dragonflies had been introduced in a socially distanced Grand Reveal on the lawn of the Pioneers Museum where they remained, often serving as photo props, during September.

The 38 desk-top petite butterflies could be seen in the wide, sunny windows at Lawrence Dryhurst Gallery, 122 E. Kiowa St., and on the auction site. Silent bidding ran throughout much of September.

On Sept. 26, art

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