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Butterfly Fest 2023 was presented by

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Join the love at the Noche de Amor y Amistad Fundraising event on Feb. 9.

In many parts of Latin America, Valentine's Day is called Día de Amor y Amistad, the Day of Love and Friendship, recognizing all of the relationships that make our lives meaningful.

And this new event has something for everyone to love.

-A seated gourmet Latin American dinner

-Performance by the amazingly talented singer Laura Fierro

-A chance to win prizes with the Name that Love Song contest

-Auction of unique heart vases by local artists

 - Plus the hottest Latin dance music by DJSupaFly

Tickets: $75 include the gift box for the first 50 tickets sold. Pick up at Listos, 1503 2nd Ave NE, Rochester.

Proceeds support Listos, Rochester’s first nonprofit bilingual (Spanish-English) program. Listos began as a grassroots effort to provide inclusive, affordable early child education to Rochester. Now in our 9th school year, 70% of our students receive tuition assistance. Listos is also active in addressing access to childcare, empowering families and building cross cultural connections. 

Fall in love with 
this new fundraising gala


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Butterfly Fest 2023


Just like monarch butterflies returning to their home nesting grounds, Butterfly Fest came home this year! A fire at Peace Church in April 2022 caused Listos bilingual preschool programming to migrate to Mount Olive Church for the 2022-2023 school year. But Butterfly Fest on Aug. 19 marked the home migration of Listos to Peace Church. 


The event featured performances by students from Listos Preschool and

Gage Elementary’s Spanish Immersion program. As well as dances by 

Listos Program Director Viridiana Anguiano Zarate and Juan Perez of PakkiParty arrangements. 


A Quarry Hill Nature Center demonstration about monarchs, tours of the new classrooms, and many free children's activities as part of the community resource fair.


A new feature was the “Be the Change” Butterfly Garden where children reenacted the Butterfly lifecycle in a life-size obstacle course. 


Chef Enrique Nuñez, a parent of two Listos graduates, debuted his new catering company, La Receta. His menu is inspired by growing up working in his family’s restaurant in Peru. 


The grand finale was an Aztec dance presentation by Rochester’s Danza Azteca Del Tepeyac. 


The event helps build community and provide a rich cultural educational experience. Our goal is supporting healthy habitats so the monarch butterfly can thrive and creating positive environments for all children to reach their highest potential.

Participating groups and businesses:

  • Somos Latinos, Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group

  • PakkiParty, Rochester-based party arrangement company

  • Quarry Hill Nature Center

  • Rochester Catholic Schools

  • Dariale Rodulfo Real Estate

  • Legal Assistance of Olmsted County

  • Families First of Minnesota

  • Rochester Art Center

  • Cradle 2 Career

  • Face painting by Tere

  • DJ SupaFly sound and Photo Booth

  • La Receta, Peruvian food

  • Michoacana Purepecha, Mexican treats

  • Mayo Clinic


  • League of Women Voters

  • Collider

  • Nicole Mills Photography

  • Laguna Events

Thank you to the more than 500 people who participated in Butterfly Fest 2022 Downtown Rochester

Thank you to everyone who was part of Listos 2019

Day of the Dead fundraising dinner

It was an unforgettable evening of culture, cuisine and community with a gourmet meal by Le Cordon Bleu trained Peruvian chef Enrique Nuñez, live music by Fernando Ufret, performances by Kuyayki Peru dancers of the Twin Cities and Rochester actress Laura Fierro, local art silent auction and cultural displays. 

Proceeds support Listos Preschool and Childcare's bilingual programming and scholarships.

Images from 2019 Day of the Dead

Images of 2018

Images by Nicole Mills Photography

Thank you to everyone who participated in the TacoTrot

5K fun run and children's ninja warrior course

 Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at Silver Lake Park East shelter

The fundraiser was a great kick off to Listos Learning

bilingual adult community education

Classes to be held at 4 pm at Listos:

Sept. 30: Renters rights by Legal Assistance of Olmsted County

Oct. 7: Improve your credit score by Three Rivers Community Action

Oct. 21: Benefits to registering for MNSure by Health Access MN

Oct. 28: Normal child development by Olmsted County Public Health

Nov. 4: Immunizations and early health needs by Public Health

Dec. 9: Car seat safety/ free car seats for families in need by Public Health




Jolly Jumpz

Ninja Warrior
Megan Rowe

Maier Tree


Kids Climb

Thank you!

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