10/6/14 — Papyrus is thrilled to announce its support of The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation as a sponsor of a Horse of Honor on display in downtown Chicago through November.
Created by the foundation, the Horses of Honor initiative pays tribute to more than 500 Chicago police officers who have fallen in the line of duty since 1853. Designed to resemble Chicago’s Mounted Patrol Unit horses, each statue decorated by sponsors and artists, serves as a public art display and will eventually be up for auction through both a live and online auction. All proceeds from sponsorships and auction items support the families of police officers who have been killed or severely injured on the job, including children’s college funds and rehabilitation and care costs for injured officers.
Inspired by the unity and resilience of the Chicago community, the life-size Papyrus horse is a visual representation of hope and solidarity that often emerges after these tragedies. The deep blue lacquered horse features hundreds of butterflies ascending the statue’s frame, representing the support that city-wide initiatives like Horses of Honor provide to community members in need.
“It is an honor to support such a great foundation and create a work of art that pays tribute to the city’s heroes,” says Sue Buchta, president of Papyrus-Recycled Greetings. Buchta noted that Papyrus—known for connecting people through greeting cards—was excited to further engage with the Chicago community through a new medium.
The horse will be on display through November on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile outside The Shops at North Bridge. The live auction is scheduled for December 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, and the online auction will begin the following day. To view pictures of the Papyrus horse, visit @Papyrusbrand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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