Catherine’s Butterfly Party to Honor Girl Killed in Sandy Hook School Shooting – NBC Connecticut

Nearly 10 years after her 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy, a Newtown mother is ensuring Catherine Violet Hubbard’s legacy of kindness lives on. A butterfly party will be held this weekend in memory of her daughter.

Catherine’s mother, Jenny Hubbard, said her daughter was calm, sweet and feisty and her heart was devoted to animals.

And Catherine’s Butterfly Party will honor Catherine’s birthday as well as her love for animals.

“She would pick them up in the summer and take care of them during the day, as I think most children do. And she would email them and she would ask them a simple question – that they would tell their friends she was nice, Jenny Hubbard said. “Her thinking was that if the animals knew she was nice and they would be safe with her, they would come back in droves.”

This is also what the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation wants to do at the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

Construction has begun on a space on 34 acres of donated land in Newtown and work to honor Catherine’s love for all creatures is underway, including workshops and community gardens, educational programs in schools and social activities, helping the elderly to keep their pets at home.

Thousands of people are expected at Catherine’s Butterfly Party this weekend to celebrate what would have been her 16th birthday and Jenny Hubbard says it was her daughter’s birthday wish granted.

She said 26 animal rescues will be there with adoptable animals.

There will also be demonstrations that people can enjoy if they are not looking to bring a pet into their home.

The mission is to celebrate, remember, and make the world a kinder, more compassionate place in honor of Catherine.

Catherine’s Butterfly Party will take place at 3 Primrose Street in Newtown, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

There will be food trucks, vendors and lots of activities for kids.

Learn more here.