The Butterfly Collective’s fundraiser for Turning Point April 7 will include a fashion show similar to this one that Lynne Fiscelli put on in 2015.

The Butterfly Collective’s fundraiser for Turning Point April 7 will include a fashion show similar to this one that Lynne Fiscelli put on in 2015.

Photo provided by Lynne Fiscelli


Local group to raise funds for domestic abuse survivors

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published March 4, 2019

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A local group called the Butterfly Collective will be hosting an event next month to raise funds to help survivors of domestic abuse. Proceeds from the event will benefit Turning Point, an anti-domestic violence and sexual abuse shelter in Mount Clemens.

The Butterfly Collective will host a fashion show extravaganza from noon to 5 p.m. April 7 at Shelby Gardens in Shelby Township.

The Butterfly Collective was founded by Lynne Fiscelli, who puts all the events together and raises the funds for the shelter.

Turning Point’s mission is to financially assist domestic abuse survivors who are transitioning into a safe home of their own, as many do not have funds or access to funds for security deposits for a home, or to turn on the utilities, or to get the household items needed to set up a home.

“I know this, because 30 years ago, I was such a person — a survivor of domestic abuse,” Fiscelli said via email.

“Turning Point is a great support in helping me, and this time, I have a friend and partner who is also passionate about the cause, and has been a great help. In addition, when people find out about the event and that it supports Turning Point and survivors of domestic violence, many people in the community are willing to help by supporting the event either as a vendor, a sponsor or making a donation of some kind,” she said.

Fiscelli said she tries to put together fun events that can help to raise funds.

“I try to do a big event every year. Last year was a masquerade party, and in December 2015, I did a fashion show. This year, I am planning to do two events: this fashion show and a masquerade party in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” she said.

The event will feature a vendor show, a guest speaker, a spring fashion show and a light-fare lunch. There will be a cash bar and optional entertainment, such as a silent auction, a 50-50 raffle, a photo booth, chair massages, paraffin wax treatments and more.

Fiscelli said that the event will have guest speaker and author Barbra White, and her subject is “reclaiming your beauty, without apology.”

Proceeds from the event will help a survivor of domestic violence to transition into a place of their own or purchase simple supplies.

“I am a survivor of domestic violence and I know the hardships victims face, both financially and emotionally,” she said. “Helping women who are going through what I went through is something I have become very passionate about. My favorite quote is one from Mother Teresa, ‘Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.’ I try to live by this in my work to help survivors. So if I can help just one person get through a difficult time and back on her feet, everything I do is worth it.”

She said that her first event raised about $1,500 cash, and it also collected 100 filled purses that were donated to shelters. Her last event raised more than $5,000 to give to Turning Point.

Turning Point offers shelter when available, along with many other services, such as counseling and guidance on how to create a safe escape.

“Now, with the new foundation I have started, the Butterfly Collective, there will also be financial assistance to help a survivor who is transitioning into a place of her own. There is a huge need for this,” said Fiscelli.

Sara Dobbyn, the trainer and intern coordinator at Turning Point, is Fiscelli’s contact regarding the event.

Dobbyn said all funds from the event are put toward helping a domestic abuse or sexual assault survivor.

“Every survivor’s needs are different, so there is no set amount of people this will benefit,” she said. “Every donation makes a difference.”

Dobbyn said it is a great event to assist survivors as they rebuild their lives.

Dobbyn also said that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Turning Point has events to raise awareness off sexual assault and domestic violence.

Fiscelli said she first started the Butterfly Collective while helping with another fundraiser.

“I initially got started in this work when I learned about an organization called Handbags of Hope. This organization collected gently used handbags, filled them with 10 essentials, and gifted them to domestic violence shelters statewide, including Turning Point. As a survivor of domestic abuse, this organization touched my heart, and I held a fundraiser for them in December 2015.

“While planning and promoting the event, I became more aware of how many women are affected by abuse, and I knew I had to get more involved. You see, even though I was a survivor of domestic violence, I had no idea how great this problem is in America,” said Fiscelli.

Fiscelli said her favorite part of the event is making a difference in another survivor’s life — making them feel loved and understood, and giving them hope for a better future.

“When I publicly share my story, I always do it with a couple of goals in mind: to give hope to someone who is being abused; to know that a future without violence is possible; to educate our community and make them aware that domestic abuse takes on many forms; (and) how to help and support, and not blame the victim.”

Tickets cost $20 and must be purcahsed by March 24. They can be purchased through Turning Point or by emailing LynneFiscelli.Remax@gmail.com.

“Everyone will have a great time while raising money for a great cause,” said Fiscelli.

For more infomation on the event, visit turningpointmacomb.org.