Butterfly Fund holds 4th annual gala

12:47 AM, Mar 17, 2013   |    comments
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The Butterfly Fund celebrated the memory of two children who lost their lives to cancer by raising money to help fight the disease on Saturday night.

The group supports research, treatment and services for childhood cancer. It's fourth annual Black Tie Gala was held at Hunter Valley Farms in West Knox County.

Comedian Lee Ann Morgan was the keynote speaker at the fundraiser.

The parents of Emily Barger and Maddie Harrill founded the fund after their two girls lost their battles against a rare form of childhood cancer in 2008. Emily is the daughter of Brian Barger, who is a producer at channel 10.

James Harrill, co-founder of the Butterfly Fund and Maddie's father, said the gala and the foundation helps honors his child's memory.

"It's a great source of happiness for us, it represents the legacy of our daughters, and events like this help ensure that their lives continue to have a positive impact on the world," said Harrill.

All the money raised at the event will help fund a new program the group is launching, which helps children with chronic and life threatening diseases at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

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