Wings and Waves Gala Friday to benefit Butterfly House & Aquarium

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - $55,000 -- that is how much the Butterfly House & Aquarium in Sioux Falls spends each year on butterflies.

So you can understand why fundraisers like this Friday's annual Wings and Waves Gala are so important.

Guests can enjoy food and drinks while wandering through an 85-degree tropical oasis.

"And then you get to experience the exhibits," marketing coordinator Lindsey Barwald said. "We'll have some of our ambassador animals out to interact with, without kids in toe. It's a very different experience when it's just adults, versus when you have kids with and you're having to focus more on them."

The Butterfly House is the only independent, non-profit attraction in the city. It receives no funding from the city or state.

Tickets are still available for the gala and can be found here.