The Central Coast State Parks Association is excited to announce our second annual gala event now that COVID-19 shutdowns are hopefully behind us. This year’s Butterfly Ball, the Monarch Masquerade, is scheduled for October 23, 2021 and will feature mixology, a silent auction, performances by the Civic Ballet and other special guests, a guided art experience, delectable dining, informative speakers, and dancing to local Americana band The Mother Corn Shuckers. Most importantly, funds from this event will support the preservation of the Western Monarch butterfly, an iconic and beloved species on the brink of extinction that overwinters in our local State Parks.
The goal of the Butterfly Ball is to raise funds for a program we are launching, the “Western Monarch Trail.” The purpose of this effort is to shine a light on the plight of the Western Monarch population, which has declined more than 90% since the 1990s. This campaign will kickstart political actions as well as provide resources and educational materials that focus on preservation in locations where Western monarchs overwinter, including the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove and other local sites. We will be collaborating with other organizations such as the Xerces Society, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with the hope of rebuilding the population of this valuable species.
With your help, we will create a network of support for the Western Monarch as they face a challenging future. With their population drastically declining, the recovery of the Western monarch population and the creation of The Western Monarch Trail starts with YOU!
3 pm – 5 pm in the Courtyard at the Octagon Barn: Guided painting experience with a local artist, performing arts, drinks and appetizers, and an early silent auction bidding on select items
5 pm – 10 pm in the Octagon Barn: Silent auction, appetizers and drinks, ambient performers and music, dinner, dessert, program, and live music from The Mother Corn Shuckers
SLO’s Finest Tri Tip Steak, SLO’s Finest Wild Caught Salmon, or SLO’s Finest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash (Vegan/Vegetarian Option)