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New Crossroads Market To Sponsor Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Children's Butterfly Launch

(Vail, Co) - The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is proud to announce that a Butterfly Launch will take place on Wednesday, May 17th. Vail Valley children from Eagle County schools will participate. Sponsorship funds have been provided by Crossroads Market.

A combination of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from all of the Eagle County public and private schools has been invited to participate. Each student will be supplied with a kit that includes a viewing net, caterpillars and food. The students will raise two caterpillars, watch as they pupate, and then turn into a Painted Lady Butterfly - in about 30 days. All of the students will gather at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and release the butterflies together. The emergence of the adult butterflies will be a spectacular sight to see.

"It is truly a remarkable sight to see all the butterflies flying into the air together, landing on the children and on the flowers in the garden," said Jim Brandmeyer, executive director of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. "It is a wonderful program that combines the science of life cycles and the enjoyment for the students of raising their own butterflies and then culminating in the launch at the Gardens."

In addition, the students in each classroom will decorate a 40" x 30" butterfly cut-out to be displayed at the launch event. Following the event, the cut-outs will be on display at Crossroads Market where the public will vote on the favorite butterfly. The winning classroom will receive a cookie party compliments of Crossroads Market.

The children will arrive at the Gardens at 11:30 a.m. on May 17th for a picnic lunch followed by the Launch event. Drinks and snacks will be provided by Crossroads Market. The public is welcome to attend and experience the sight firsthand.

"We are thrilled to bring back this wonderful program that will be an educational benefit for the children of Eagle County, as well as bring additional beauty to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens," said Robert McNichols of Crossroads Market and Daedalus Real Estate Advisors. "As a new business launching this year in Vail, this event will serve as the first of many charitable partnerships, involving Crossroads Market, we will pursue in the Vail Valley."

McNichols is the owner and developer of Crossroads Market and the One Willow Bridge Road project now under construction in Vail Village. Upon completion, One Willow Bridge Road will include a unique market concept, Marketplace on Meadow Drive.

"We were so excited to hear that this program is again available to our students," said Carolyn S. Neff, director of elementary education for the Eagle County School District. "The teachers are very anxious for this opportunity."

For more information regarding this event, please contact Betty Ford Alpine Gardens at (970) 476-0103.

About Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
The goals of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are to develop, maintain and curate a diverse and unique living collection of alpine, sub-alpine and other mountain plants in dramatic gardens to support education and research, further the conservation of the world's high elevation plants and promote appreciation of plants in their natural environment.

About Crossroads Market
Crossroads Market is a new market located in Vail Village's Crossroads Center. Developed by Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, Crossroads Market features fresh grocery items, dry goods, sundries, a deli and caf? and specialty items including fine baked goods, fresh flowers, books and periodicals, cards and gifts.

About Marketplace on Meadow Drive
Marketplace on Meadow Drive is a unique market concept located on the ground floor at One Willow Bridge Road featuring gourmet groceries and prepared foods, deli service, coffee and baked goods, a sweet shoppe with a crepe bar, gelato and smoothies, a wine and tapas bar, a spirits store and unique gifts with an upscale village atmosphere throughout. Marketplace on Meadow Drive is another Daedalus development.

About One Willow Bridge Road
One Willow Bridge Road is one of the first new developments as part of the Town of Vail's "Billion Dollar Renewal". The private residence club is the first of its kind in Vail Village and offers opportunities for whole or fractional ownership of two, three and four bedroom units to an elite group of consumers. One Willow Bridge Road offers state-of-the-art amenities and exclusive resort management services by the world-famous Sonnenalp Resort of Vail. One Willow Bridge Road is another Daedalus development. For more information, visit www.onewillowbridgeroad.com.

About Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, LLC, is a Phoenix based commercial real estate services company that provides investment, development and communications consulting to corporate real estate clients. Recognized consistently as one of the state's most influential developers by Arizona Business Magazine, Daedalus creates exclusive lifestyle experiences through office, industrial, retail, golf and residential development. For more information visit www.daedalusllc.com.


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