Compassionate Friends Chapter, Victoria Area will sponsor its 17th annual balloon release Saturday at the Riverside Park Rose Garden. The ceremony is open to anyone who has lost a child at any age or by any cause. Relatives and friends are also welcome to attend. Those attending should gather from 3:30 to 4 p.m. to write a message to their child on a paper butterfly and attach it to a balloon furnished by the chapter. The program will begin at 4:30 followed by the balloon release. For more information, call Doris Perkins at 361-573-9886 or Gary Moses at 361-573-2853. Compassionate Friends preparing for the event, from left, are Pete Ordonez, Doris Perkins, Irene Martinez and Gary Moses.