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Wyckoff Non-Profit Spreads Its Wings After 10 Years

The Julia's Butterfly Foundation Board of Directors during the 2014 Butterfly Ball.
The Julia's Butterfly Foundation Board of Directors during the 2014 Butterfly Ball. Photo Credit: Julia's Butterfly Foundation

NORTH HALEDON, N.J. — A Wyckoff non-profit organization that has gone through a metamorphosis the past decade to emerge larger than ever invites the public to join its celebration.

Julia's Butterfly Foundation holds its 10th-annual Butterfly Ball this Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Tides Estate in North Haledon.

The non-profit formed in 2005 in memory of Julia Bommer, who was born with a rare kidney disorder and cerebral palsy and died when she was 6.

Shortly after, her mother, Maureen, also died of cancer.

Originally from Midland Park, the family now lives in Franklin Lakes and always attends the Butterfly Ball.

Over the last decade the Wyckoff foundation has raised money for the families of ill children such as Julia to help improve their quality of life.

Cathy Newman, medical director for Julia's Butterfly, said they are lucky to have a loyal group of donors 10 years later.

"We are absolutely thrilled to still be standing, still be active, sill able to give a great deal of money to families in need," Newman told Daily Voice. "... For me personally I am sure Maureen is looking down and just smiling. Hopefully it will continue that way."

Last year's dinner raised about $110,000, its most yet, Newman said. It has been held at the Tides Estate the past two years, which Newman called a "lovely" venue.

The Butterfly Ball starts at 7 p.m. and will include a silent auction.

"When you think about a butterfly, how it starts and it opens up and flies away," Newman said, "it just made sense for us to have that kind of name for Julia who endured a great deal on this Earth but is now in a better place."

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