Marques Ivey, chairman, MYCVA Committee, Denver Foundation and Darius Smith, Anti-Discrimination Director, Mayor’s Office, presented the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award (MYCVA) to Steve Chady, volunteer and long-time member at Butterfly Pavilion, located in Westminster Colorado. In addition to the award, which includes a $2,000 cash designation to a nonprofit agency of his choosing, Chady received a proclamation from the City of Denver identifying February 23, 2017 as “Steve Chady Day.”
Steve Chady volunteers in Butterfly Pavilion’s Horticulture and Exhibit Interpretation departments, processes butterfly chrysalises for the Wings of The Tropics exhibit, assists with special events, and helps with volunteer interviews and trainings. He is the chairperson for Butterfly Pavilion’s Volunteer Leadership Council and has completed over 2,500 hours volunteering with Butterfly Pavilion. He is a two-time recipient of Butterfly Pavilion’s Outstanding Service Award.
“I started volunteering at Butterfly Pavilion after I retired because of my life-long love of butterflies, which is also why we’ve been members since it opened in 1995,” says Chady. “When I found out that the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award came with a donation to any nonprofit organization of my choice, there was no doubt that Butterfly Pavilion should be the recipient.”
Since the program’s inception in 1976, over 450 awards have been given, totaling over $750K in award donations to nonprofits in the Denver Metro Region.
The award ceremony, held February 23rd at the Daniels Fund headquarters located in Cherry Creek was attended by local officials, MYCVA representatives, and staff and volunteers from Butterfly Pavilion.
“In an average week Steve fills at least four different volunteer roles and at certain times of the year it may be twice as many. Steve contributes through his hard work across multiple departments and we are grateful for his involvement and continual support,” states Julia McCleary, Volunteer Program Manager Butterfly Pavilion.
About the Award:
The MYCVA Committee selects eleven recipients a year. Any person of any age who lives in the seven county Metro Denver area is eligible. The review process is based on the applicant’s demonstration of the MYCVA Values: vision, integrity, passion, courage, perseverance, advocacy, inclusion and compassion.
About Butterfly Pavilion:
Founded in July 1995, as the first stand-alone non-profit invertebrate zoo in the nation, Butterfly Pavilion is an AZA accredited 30,000 square foot facility situated on an 11-acre campus provided by the City of Westminster, Colorado. The mission of the Butterfly Pavilion is to foster an appreciation of butterflies and other invertebrates while educating the public about the need for conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world.
For more information contact:
MK Wohelnhaus, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Butterfly Pavilion, firstname.lastname@example.org.