The Ashley Lauren Foundation (ALF) will be holding its 7th Annual Butterfly Ball on April 21, 2018 at the Spring Lake Golf Club in Spring Lake. Details will be coming in early 2018, so stay tuned! We look forward to seeing you at our biggest fundraising event of the year for all our ALF families.
The Ashley Lauren Foundation (ALF) was honored to, once again, be part of Investors Bank marketing. The Foundation was part of an Investors Bank commercial highlighting the many ways Investors Bank helps The Ashley Lauren Foundation with its mission. The commercial was shown on CBS TV during The Jane Pauley Show on Sunday mornings. The Ashley Lauren Foundation would like to give its heartfelt thanks to Investors Bank and their team, Kevin Cummings (Investors Bank President), CBS and their team and Kate and Jason from Source and their team.
View the commercial here.
The holiday season is very meaningful to The Ashley Lauren Foundation. Our ALF Family Holiday Party is one of many programs offered to the children and their families. It is a beautiful, fun-filled day for the children and their families to forget about their cancer and enjoy the holiday season.
The Board of Trustees of The Ashley Lauren Foundation is proud to announce that our Founder/CEO, Monica Vermeulen, has been chosen as the 2017 Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year because of her tireless efforts in helping children suffering from cancer. In addition, the Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce will be sharing the proceeds of this year’s Citizen of the Year Dinner with The Ashley Lauren Foundation.
We hope to see you at the event which will be held at the beautiful Essex & Sussex in Spring Lake. This is a great opportunity to be able to see the inside of this incredible, historical building along with being part of making a difference in the lives of the children we assist.
The beauty of the historical Essex & Sussex in Spring Lake dates back to 1914. The exquisite building enriched with history is closed to the public. This is a rare opportunity to see the grand building. A private tour of the Essex & Sussex will be given directly after the event.
Join us at the Essex & Sussex on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00 pm for the 2017 Spring Lake Citizen of the Year Dinner as we honor Monica. Citizen of the Year tickets are $100. It is not too late to sign up, check out more event details here. For tickets, please contact the Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce at 732-449-0577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fifty years ago, in 1967, the musical You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown opened off Broadway. Now it is coming to Greenbriar II in Brick as a fundraiser for The Ashley Lauren Foundation, a Spring Lake non-profit that provides Hope and Help for Children with Cancer in New Jersey through financial, material and emotional support along with many programs for the children.
This multi-generational production is being directed by Monica Vermeulen (Brick) who is also the Founder/CEO of The Ashley Lauren Foundation. Musical Direction is by Norman “Doc” Hart (Brick). Reuniting after playing opposite each other in the same roles thirty years ago are Windber R. Brandt (Toms River) as Charlie Brown and Renee S. Tompkins (Wall Township) as Lucy Van Pelt. Rounding out the cast is Corey Crawford (Beachwood), as Linus, Maria D’Amato (Long Branch) as Sally Brown; Windber’s son, Windber R. Brandt (Ocean Gate), as Schroeder; and Madison Starr Wicker (Brick) as Snoopy.
There will be two performances at Greenbriar II Clubhouse, located at 1 Greenbriar Boulevard, Brick, NJ 08724 on Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, October 15 at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit The Ashley Lauren Foundation. For additional information call 732.414.1625. Don’t miss this funny and charming family musical.
The Ashley Lauren Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Serena DiMaso to its Board of Directors.
The Foundation, based out of Spring Lake, and serving all of New Jersey, provides financial assistance, emotional support and many other programs to children and families suffering from the hardships of pediatric cancer.
Founder and CEO Monica Vermeulen states, “We are honored to have Serena DiMaso join our Board. Serena brings a tremendous amount of experience which will help to further our mission of helping children with cancer.”
DiMaso is currently serving her third elected term on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. She is liaison to the Office of Emergency Management, Workforce Development, Superintendent of Schools, Tourism, Division of Reclamation, Division of Weights & Measures, Improvement Authority and the Shade Tree Commission. DiMaso serves as the Freeholder representative on the County’s Planning Board and the Mosquito Control Advisory Board. DiMaso served on the Holmdel Township Committee for ten years, including five years as Mayor. She serves on the Meridian Hospital’s Corporation Board of Trustees, is Chairwoman of the Bayshore Hospital Foundation and is an active member of the Holmdel First Aid Squad. Serena is also a Board member of the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
Serena participated in The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s Butterfly Ball competition “Dancing For Our Stars” in February 2017. She states, “What a fun way to help raise the money needed to carry out the important work of the Foundation.”
“The Ashley Lauren Foundation does so much for children battling cancer and their families,” says DiMaso. “It is my privilege to join this great group and do what I can to advance their mission of bringing hope and help for children with cancer.”
The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s Board of Directors are: Monica Vermeulen, Founder and CEO; Thomas Corley, Vice President and Treasurer; Carolyn Walker, Secretary; Lou Russo, Trustee; Howard Levine, Trustee; Lou Bernardo, Trustee; Carolyn Burtnick, Trustee; Serena DiMaso, Trustee; Tom Arnone, Trustee; Nancy Kolakowski, Program Director/Family Liaison; Mary Spano Gleckner, Family Liaison; and Nancy Wendt, Family Liaison.
The Ashley Lauren Foundation Theatre Ensemble, the theatrical arm of 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 present the musical, HAIRSPRAY, on July 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.; July 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.; and July 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at The Strand Theatre, located at 400 Clifton Avenue in Lakewood, NJ.
The 1950’s are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network… all without denting her ‘do! You will truly enjoy a wonderful family show while helping children that are suffering from cancer.
Tickets are reserved seating $15.00 and up. There is a special VIP Dinner/Show Package for $40.00 on Friday, July 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at The Strand.
Hairspray is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. WWW.MTISHOWS.COM
The Ashley Lauren Foundation is pleased to announce the appointments of Tom Arnone and Carolyn Burtnick to its Board of Directors. The Foundation, based out of Spring Lake, and serving all of New Jersey, provides financial assistance and emotional support to children and families suffering from the hardships of pediatric cancer.
Founder and CEO Monica Vermeulen states, “I am excited to welcome Tom Arnone and Carolyn Burtnick to the Board of Directors. Both of them embody the spirit of community, talent, expertise and energy. They truly have a passion for children with cancer and the desire to envision an ambitious future for The Ashley Lauren Foundation in order for us to be able to assist more and more children.”
Tom Arnone has served on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 2010, where he oversees the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering and serves as the liaison to Public Information and Tourism, Economic Development and the Office of Shared Services. Mr. Arnone also served as a councilmember and mayor in Neptune City. He is currently the vice president of Property Management for PRC Group and serves as vice chairman of the Monmouth Ocean Foundation for Children with Special Needs.
Arnone was part of the 6th annual Butterfly Ball, which was held in late February of this year. He raised funds for the Foundation by participating in its “DANCING FOR OUR STARS” competition, where he prepped for weeks ahead of the Butterfly Ball to showcase his dance moves in front of the sold out crowd at Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, NJ.
“I’m truly honored to become part of such a charitable foundation comprised of dedicated and passionate people whose mission is to bring smiles to the faces of children bravely battling pediatric cancer,” Mr. Arnone said.
Carolyn Burtnick, a life-long resident of Monmouth County, has been working in the local publishing business for 20 years, and is the Editor-in-chief of Community Magazine (CM). She attended Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel, and graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, majoring in marketing. Ms. Burtnick specializes in all media, with a focus on advertising, social media, website creation, and publicity. She has been very active in the Monmouth County community, giving her time to many non-profits, as well as serving on local business boards.
Burtnick has been working with The Ashley Lauren Foundation for over seven years, specifically volunteering with special events, and has been a member of the Butterfly Ball Committee since its inception.
“The Ashley Lauren Foundation has a special place in my heart. The work they do for families and children in the state of New Jersey is amazing and humbling. I look forward to becoming an integral part of this great organization,” noted Ms. Burtnick.
The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s Board of Directors are: Monica Vermeulen, Founder and CEO; Thomas Corley, Vice President and Treasurer; Carolyn Walker, Secretary; Lou Russo, Trustee; Howard Levine, Trustee; Lou Bernardo, Trustee; Carolyn Burtnick, Trustee; Tom Arnone, Trustee; Nancy Kolakowski, Program Director/Family Liaison; Mary Spano Gleckner, Family Liaison; and Nancy Wendt, Family Liaison.
On February 25, 2017, over 350 guests gathered at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa to enjoy The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s much anticipated 6th Annual Butterfly Ball “DANCING FOR OUR STARS” and raise funding and awareness for children suffering from cancer. Investors Bank was this year’s honoree.
Monica Vermeulen, Founder/CEO stated, “We are so grateful to all of our sponsors, auction donors, entertainers and guests for their incredible support. Our new and exciting dance competition was enjoyed by everyone in attendance. We are so grateful to our dancers who worked many hours rehearsing and raising funds for our Ashley Lauren kids. The dancers put on an amazing performance. Our dancers included Carol Stillwell, President/CEO of Stillwell-Hansen Inc. who did a beautiful waltz which transitioned into rock and roll with Joe Hasson of Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Red Bank.; Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders Deputy Director Serena DiMaso who did an amazing salsa with Andre Gosselin also from Fred Astaire; Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone who did a high energy and exciting disco with Ashley Lauren Vermeulen and Tom Corley President/CPA of Cerefice & Co. and published author who did a fun hip-hop dance with Ashley Lauren Vermeulen. The winner of both the People’s Choice Award and the Judge’s Award was Carol Stillwell. We are also very grateful to our judges, Joe Leone, Tom Hayes, Anthony LaGruth and Ron Wollner.”
The goal of The Ashley Lauren Foundation is to ease the journey when pediatric cancer is diagnosed by providing direct financial assistance (household bills, medications not paid through medical insurance, traveling expenses to and from hospitals, funeral expenses, etc.); material assistance (food, clothing, household items); emotional support (for the entire family); seasonal parties for the children and their families; advocacy; “Making Dreams Come True” Program; Birthday Brigade (gifts, cake, balloons delivered personally to each child); special outings; hospital parties; holiday gifts for the children and anything else that is needed to make their lives easier and bring smiles to their faces.
Photos of the 6th annual Butterfly Ball can be viewed here.
For more information about how you can get involved, call us today at 732.414.1625.