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The Ashley Lauren Foundation Appoints Two Monmouth County Locals to Board of Directors

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.

March 31st, 2017|ALF Happenings|0 Comments

The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s 6th Annual Butterfly Ball a Success

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.

March 10th, 2017|ALF Happenings, Past Events|0 Comments

ALF’s 6th Annual Butterfly Ball Digital Edition

Check out our digital copy of our ad journal for the 6th annual Butterfly Ball. Thank you to all our supporters!

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March 6th, 2017|ALF Happenings, Past Events|0 Comments