Calumet Park Cemetery hosted its 11th annual live butterfly release ceremony on Saturday, July 20. In spite of extremely high temperatures, 850 butterflies were released after Rob Vogel read the Legend of the Butterfly. Participants in the production were band members John Ochoa on piano and vocals, Ronnie Murphy on guitar and Gary Shellton on drums and vocals. They were joined for one song written and sung by Daniel Moran, GM. Paul Vogel, CEO had a beautiful message and prayer, Kim Jones, Funeral Home Liaison, shared a very emotional reading.

Following a some random pics of the event (click on any pic to enlarge):

Daniel Moran with Jerry Davitch, author and columnist for the Post Tribune.
Dianne Correll, Sandy Ferris and Kathy Gonzalez
John Ochoa
Ronnie on guitar and Gary on drums.
Richard Stake, Family Service Counselor
Paul Vogel, CEO
Kevin Music, funeral director in training and administrative assistant at Rendina (owned by Calumet Park Cemetery.
Rob Vogel, BOD member
Brant Vogel, “Roadie and videographer” and BOD member
Board Members Julie Calhoun, Kim Jones and Ed Klein
Brant on the camera, BOD member
Matt and Carl Paunicka, members of the Board of Directors

Carl Paunicka and Sue Lynch, Portage mayoral candidate and former office manager at Calumet Park.