Honor, Celebration & Support

In November of 1999, Elizabeth Ciunci was the victim of a horrendous car accident caused by a drunk driver headed in the wrong direction on the Schuylkill Expressway. This beautiful 18 year old woman had just begun her college studies with the hopes of obtaining a degree in education for special needs students. From this tragedy the decision was made by family and friends to create a family-oriented event to honor and celebrate her life. That event was the Butterfly Run.

The small, hometown event has since evolved into the Elizabeth Ciunci Foundation, which hosts the annual Butterfly Run over Easter weekend and a biennial silent auction. Proceeds from the events provide the bulk of the money to fund two scholarships for students pursuing a career in special needs education.

The Elizabeth Ciunci Foundation’s purpose is to elevate a community awareness, especially among high school students, of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and to support other community organizations which shared Elizabeth’s interest and passion in helping others in need.

Upcoming Events

Butterfly 5k Run

Saturday, April 20, 2019 –  A 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run/Egg Hunt. Benefits the Elizabeth Ciunci Scholarship Fund – Forever Young.

Silent auction

Saturday, November 23, 2019 – Dinner, drinks and a silent auction to honor Elizabeth’s legacy.


Great Valley High School

The ideal recipient will be involved in various community activities and service projects, including the Annual Butterfly Run held at Great Valley High School each year.  

Delaware County Community College

The Elizabeth Ciunci Memorial Scholarship Fund is available for part-time students with financial need pursuing the Associates in Arts in Education degree at DCCC.

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