I’ve been covering Chrysalis’s big fundraiser, called The Butterfly Ball, for years in the SEEN. It is an uber-fancy affair set at impressive manses all over town that raise dough for the non-profit. Chrysalis is dedicated to helping homeless and low-income people by providing job training and the resources needed to find and retain employment. Their fundraising galas are fancy, star-studded affairs. The shindig for the multi-million dollar expansion and renovation of the org’s Downtown facility was definitely a smaller todo, but what it lacked in glitz it made up for in heart. Supporters mingled and heard success stories from clients like Kenneth Barfield and Lanita Fields. “If you utilize the program to the fullest, it will work for you. This facility is a ray of hope,” said Barfield.
The Downtown facility (formerly a handbag wholesale shop) is a happy place. The walls are painted a bright yellow. Written in BIG letters on one wall is the org’s mandate: “Chrysalis is dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency.” There are banks of new computers in a classroom up front by the huge windows and an electronic bulletin board runs through the facilities activities that day. Most importantly, there is a huge bell in the middle. This bell is rung every time someone lands a job. Here’s hoping that bell rings a lot.
Photo courtesy Andreas Branch Photo
Chrysalis CEO Mark Loranger, Kenneth Barfield, Lanita Fields and Chairman of the Board Bob Hart