Ashley Lauren Foundation’s Sixth Annual Butterfly Ball


On Saturday, February 25, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, guests will gather for The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s much-anticipated Sixth Annual Butterfly Ball, “Dancing For Our Stars.”

This fun-filled event provides an opportunity for attendees to enjoy an evening of fine food, drink, and entertainment while raising funds for and increasing awareness of The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s mission of providing Hope & Help for Children with Cancer in New Jersey. Brian Kirk and the Jirks will provide the music and guests will be able to bid on many fun and unique auction items.

Monica Vermeulen, founder/CEO of the foundation, stated, “This is an evening not to be missed. We have many exciting things planned for the ball. A new and exciting component will be our ‘Dancing For Our Stars’ competition, where our performers will be dancing to raise money for the ‘stars’ of The Ashley Lauren Foundation – our children! Our dancers will be paired with professional dancers (Andre Gosselin of Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Red Bank and Ashley Lauren Vermeulen) and will have to earn the most votes, pre-event and at the event, to win the People’s Choice award. They will then be judged on performance ability at the event to win the Judges Award. It will be lots of fun cheering on your favorite dance couple, along with cheering on our amazing Ashley Lauren Foundation children.”

The dancers that will be competing include Carol Stillwell, president/CEO of Stillwell-Hansen Inc.; Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders Deputy Director Serena DiMaso; Spring Lake Fire Company #1 Captain John Wall; and Tom Corley, president/CPA of Cerefice & Co. and published author.

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), four major seasonal parties for the children and their families (Spring Party at the Boardwalk, Summerfest, Harvest Party, Holiday Party), advocacy, “Making Dreams Come True” program, Birthday Brigade (gifts, cake, and 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.

For all the details about the Sixth Annual Butterfly Ball and the dance competition, go to or call The Ashley Lauren Foundation office at (732) 414-1625.