Honoring Jim and Linda Spinella

LONG BRANCH, NJ - On Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, guests will gather to honor business leader, Jim Spinella and his wife, Linda, at The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s Inaugural “Butterfly Ball.” Jim is the Founder and CEO of HDlogix Inc. and lives in Colts Neck with his wife Linda, their two sons, James and Christopher, four Huskies and two Clydesdales, Ace and Jock.  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.

The Ashley Lauren Foundation is proud to have TD Ameritrade as the Platinum Sponsor of the Ball.   The event committee, chaired by Victoria Ali, includes Linda Allegra, Jen Barbieri, Michele Battista, Sarah Bandy, Rachael Brookes, Carolyn Burtnick, Linda Bushover, Cheri Golub, Kristen Hansen, Lynn Laresca, Mary Ann Larkin, Kristi Mendez, Michele Olton, Diana Rieman, Mary Spano, Cynthia Soto, Carol Stillwell and Deborah Stillwell.  

In addition to an evening of dinner and dancing, guests will be able to bid on many unique auction items graciously donated by supporters of The Ashley Lauren Foundation.  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.”

Honoree Jim Spinella stated, “We purchased Yellow Brook Farm in Colts Neck two years ago and were introduced to the Ashley Lauren Foundation through Helen Goddard, who has sponsored many events for the children at the Farm. Very close members of our family have been touched by cancer and Linda and I were very happy to be involved in supporting the families of children who have been affected by this terrible disease. We look forward to continuing to support events at the Farm and have the families share memorable time with our horses.  

After having received a call from Monica Vermeulen, Founder/Executive Director of The Ashley Lauren Foundation, regarding the last wishes of one of the children that she was racing against time to make happen, we could not help but commit ourselves to ensuring his last wish was fulfilled.  It was simply for a new Batman video game, not yet released or even finished in development. Happily with the cooperation of Warner Bros., he became the first child to play this game with the developer of the game. This was one of our most rewarding experiences and one we are thankful we had the opportunity to participate in. Sadly, we lost him too soon after.

Linda and I are inspired by Monica and her love and dedication to the children of The Ashley Lauren Foundation and we look forward to becoming more involved. Several members of our family, my sons and nieces, Amanda, Josie and Jackie have asked to participate as volunteers.”

For Butterfly Ball tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.ashleylaurenfoundation.org or call 732.414.1625.