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ALF’s 5th Annual Butterfly Ball Honoring The Nahum Family

On Saturday, February 20, 2016 beginning at 6:00 pm at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, guests will gather to honor Dr. Kenneth & Ann Nahum and their family at The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s 5th Annual “Butterfly Ball.”

The event provides an opportunity for attendees to enjoy an evening of fine food, drink and entertainment while raising funds and increasing awareness of The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s mission of providing Hope & Help for Children with Cancer in NJ.   Guests will enjoy a truly elegant and fun-filled “1920’s Gatsby” Atmosphere during the cocktail hour.

In addition to an evening of dinner and dancing – with music by Brian Kirk & The Jirks – guests will be able to bid on many unique auction items graciously donated by supporters of The Ashley Lauren Foundation. Founder and CEO, Monica Vermeulen, states, “This is an evening not to be missed. We have many exciting things planned for the Ball. Victoria Ali and Bob Montesano, Butterfly Ball Co-Chairs and their dedicated committee are working hard at making this a very memorable evening.”

Funds raised by the Butterfly Ball will support the programs of The Ashley Lauren Foundation including Direct Family Assistance, (household bills, bills and medications not paid through medical insurance, traveling expenses to and from hospitals, funeral expenses, etc.); Material Assistance (food, clothing, household items); Emotional Support; Support groups; Parties for the Children; Advocacy; Outings; Birthday and Holiday Gifts for the Children; “Making Dreams Come True” Program and anything else that is needed to make their lives easier and to let each child know that they are important. The Ashley Lauren Foundation does not fund research but rather are “in the trenches” with these families as they cope with the daily battle of pediatric cancer.”

October 13th, 2015|ALF Happenings, Past Events|3 Comments

Vintage Motorcar Fall Charity Classic

Usher in fall with the Vintage Motorcar Fall Charity Classic on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Cream Ridge Golf Course – located at 181 Route 539 in Cream Ridge, NJ – to benefit The Ashley Lauren Foundation. The event includes an antique and classic car show, music by DJ Wolfman Jerry, raffles, 50/50, and door prizes.

The day’s events are as follows: registration is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., judging is at 12:00 p.m., raffles at 2:00 p.m. and trophies given out at 2:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Dave at or 914.275.1622. This event is hosted by Cream Ridge Golf Course & The Roost Restaurant.

September 30th, 2015|Past Events|0 Comments

Girls Night Out

Shop and Save at South Moon Under at The Grove in Shrewsbury!

September 24th, 5-8pm

You will receive 10% off your purchases, and the Ashley Lauren Foundation will receive 10% of the evening’s proceeds.

September 12th, 2015|Past Events|0 Comments

“Capturing The Game” Exhibit at “Art From The Heart” Helps Children with Cancer

Portion of sales will benefit The Ashley Lauren Foundation

Exhibit runs August 28, 2015 to September 30, 2015

Artist reception: August 28, 6 to 9pm

Location: The Galleria, 2 Bridge Ave Red Bank NJ 07701

Frame to Please co-owner Megan Prenderville’s Art from the Heart project combines her commitment to supporting local charities with her desire to provide artists with the opportunity for a solo show. Each exhibit runs for a month in Red Bank’s popular Galleria. She takes no commission and asks only that the artists donate a portion of their sales to their favorite charity.

The next exhibit in the series, Capturing the Game, will showcase fine artist Mike Kupka whose work is inspired by music, movies and his love of sports. Kupka’s pieces appear worldwide in galleries and are in the private collections of numerous celebrities and athletes. A Rahway, NJ native, he is a first-place winner of Beckett’s 10th annual Sports Gallery Contest and was named one of U.S. Art Magazine’s “25 Artists You Should Know.”

Kupka’s portrait of Ozzy Osbourne caught the eye of a Disney Company representative that led to an eight-year stint as a licensed artist for the Disney Company. He is currently licensed by Major League Baseball, as well as, the estates of Thurman Munson, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson. Mike has also produced artwork for Lucas Films, King Features, Topps, NFL, NBA and NHL.

Proceeds from the sale of Kupka’s work will benefit The Ashley Lauren Foundation. Founded in 2005, the foundation provides direct financial, material and emotional assistance to New Jersey families dealing with a pediatric cancer diagnosis along with many programs developed to bring smiles to the children.

“I’ve watched a lot of people close to me go through cancer,” Kupka explained when asked how he selected his charity. “I can’t imagine what these kids have to deal with, at such an early age. Their family and friends as well.”

Kupka studied at duCret School of Art in Plainfield, NJ where he was introduced to the work of his greatest influences: Norman Rockwell, Robert McGinnis, and James Bama by his professor and mentor, Peter Caras. Kupka creates a variety of freelance art by individual commission and under broad creative licenses.

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July 29th, 2015|Past Events|0 Comments

2015 Colts Neck Barn Tour

The Ashley Lauren Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope and help to children throughout New Jersey who suffer from cancer through financial, material and emotional support, held its 2015 COLTS NECK BARN TOUR on Saturday, September 12, 2015. This fundraiser is held annually in observance of September’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Across the nation, thousands of courageous children fight pediatric cancer each year.  The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s mission is to relieve the daily burden’s thrust upon these children as they battle this disease.

This event is a very rare opportunity to visit some of Colts Neck’s exquisite farms and stables where champion hunter jumpers and thoroughbreds are raised and trained.

Over 120 ticket holders toured four farms, which included Wellspring Stables, Colts Neck Stables, Yellowbrook Farm/Helen Goddard LLC and Stillwell Stables as well as a tour of the beautiful Four JGs Vineyards. The tour began with coffee and apple cider donuts donated by Delicious Orchards and ended with an old-fashioned BBQ plus entertainment by Jilly Sentino at Stillwell Stables.

Sponsors of the 2015 Colts Neck Barn Tour included Investors Bank along with Carol Stillwell and Mary Ann Larkin of Stillwell Stables.

To see photos, click the following link:


July 27th, 2015|Past Events|1 Comment

3rd Annual “Ride for Hope” Motorcycle Run

September 19, 2015

The Ashley Lauren Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Hope and Help to children throughout New Jersey who suffer from cancer through financial, material and emotional support, will be holding its 2015 “RIDE FOR HOPE” MOTORCYCLE RUN on Saturday, September 19 in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

This event is sponsored by Trinity Motorcycle Ministry. The Poker Run will be held during the NJ State H.O.G. Rally in Seaside Heights. Starting and ending point is at Hook’s, 1320 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ.   Registration will be from 9:00 am11:00 am and includes continental breakfast. Local vendors or BBQ Fest is available for lunch. There will be Door Prizes and Best 3 Poker Hands Prize.

Tickets are $15 per person and are available by clicking the link below:

July 26th, 2015|Past Events|0 Comments

Buy-Rite Super Sampling


On the evening of Saturday, May 16, 2015, fans of fine wines, craft beers and specialty spirits will have a unique opportunity to sample from a selection of more than 500 of the most sought-after brands – and contribute to two foundations.

The Buy-Rite Corporation’s “Super Sampling” offers the best in wine, beer and spirits from the top vendors in the industry.  At this year’s Super Sampling, to be held at the Doubletree Inn at 700 Hope Road in Eatontown, located minutes off the Garden State Parkway’s Exit 105, the very best of the best, including gourmet foods, will be on tap from 7 to 11 p.m.

In addition, Buy-Rite is offering an exclusive by-reservation-only VIP ticket, which provides early access to the Super Sampling from 6 to 7 p.m. VIP party-goers will enjoy not only a seated dinner during the pre-event hour, but exclusive products for sampling.

This year’s Super Sampling will benefit both the Sarala Bathena Foundation and the Ashley Lauren Foundation: Hope & Help for Children with Cancer. Proceeds from the Super Sampling will go towards helping cancer patients in myriad ways, including assistance with medical bills. In addition, proceeds from the benefit will help fund scholarships for high school students living in Jersey City.

The cost for entrance to the sampling is $79 per person in advance and $99 at the door. VIP admission at 6 p.m. is $129 per person and is by reservation only. To purchase tickets, and for more information, please visit or call 201-239-1200. Tickets are also available at select Buy-Rite stores throughout New Jersey.

April 30th, 2015|Past Events|0 Comments

Honoring The Beautiful Life Of Jennifer Amy Silverstein

June 16th

Location:  The Frying Pan, Pier 66 at W 26th St., NY, NY 10001

Details:   7:00pm to 9:00pm

Tickets are available in advance. Each person will receive two drinks tickets for wine and beer. All Proceeds to Benefit the Ashley Lauren Foundation.

For more information, please call 908-770-2578.

April 30th, 2015|Past Events|0 Comments

4th Annual Butterfly Ball

The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s 4th Annual “Butterfly Ball” Honoring Anita DelPesce and Bob Montesano

Over 460 guests enjoyed being part of The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s 4th Annual Butterfly Ball at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch. All attendees enjoyed an evening of fine food, drink and great carnival/circus themed entertainment, while raising funds for the many programs of the Foundation and increasing awareness of The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s mission of providing Hope & Help for Children with Cancer in NJ.

The honorees were Anita DelPesce and Bob Montesano of Colts Neck. Anita DelPesce says, “The children are the true heroes and Bob and I are grateful to be in their company. As part of The Ashley Lauren Foundation, Bob and I have been blessed with opportunities to share our resources and our time to ease the stress that these families face. The Foundation’s work is far from over as more children are diagnosed every day, but what we’ve accomplished together has made a difference in hundreds of people’s lives. Let’s all roll up our sleeves and continue this journey with more dedication than ever.”

Monica Vermeulen, CEO and Founder of the Foundation, says, “We are so grateful to Anita and Bob for their commitment, dedication and assistance in making a difference in the lives of these children.

Victoria Ali, Trustee of the Foundation and Chairperson of the event adds, I am ecstatic by the success of the evening and the generosity of our guests. The night exuded our mission of Hope and Help. Additionally, I am most thankful and proud of the stellar committee that helped produce this amazing event. We are grateful to our Honorees, Evening Sponsors, Silent & Live Auction Donors, Volunteers and The Ocean Place Resort & Spa.
The Ashley Lauren Foundation provides financial assistance, material needs, emotional support, as well as programs such as Making Dreams Come True, Summerfest, Harvest Party, Boardwalk Spring Party, Birthday Brigade, Holiday Party, Hospital Parties and Special Outings for New Jersey children suffering from cancer in order to make a difference in their lives.

If you are interested in volunteering, making a donation, hosting a fundraiser, corporate sponsorship and/or matching gifts, please visit or call 732.414.1625.

March 16th, 2015|Past Events|0 Comments