LONG BRANCH, NJ - The Ashley Lauren Foundation's Inaugural "Butterfly Ball" Honoring Jim and Linda Spinella (Colts Neck, New Jersey)- Nearly 300 guests enjoyed being part of The Ashley Lauren Foundation's Inaugural Butterfly Ball on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch. All attendees enjoyed 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. Funds raised from the event will go toward supporting the many programs of the Foundation.

The Honorees were local business leader, Jim Spinella and his wife, Linda. 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. They own Yellow Brook Farm in Colts Neck where children of The Ashley Lauren Foundation share memorable time with their horses.

The Ashley Lauren Foundation's "Tree of Hope," placed prominently at the event, was adorned with paper butterflies that contained many needs of the children. Attendees could choose a butterfly and sponsor that need. The tree will be planted at Yellow Brook Farm with a plaque honoring the children of The Ashley Lauren Foundation.

Monica Vermeulen, Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation, says, "We have been anxiously awaiting this event for several years and are so please with its success. We are so grateful to the many attendees, sponsors and generous donors. Through their kindness, we are able to meet many, many needs of children suffering from cancer." Victoria Ali, Vice-President 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 The Ocean Place Resort & Spa along with our Sponsors and Live Auction Donors - TD Ameritrade, The Spano Family Charitable Foundation, WB Wood, Ultimate Caterer, Carol Stillwell, Mary Ann Larkin, Jack Privetera, Leonardo Jewelers, Michael King & Ellen Manning, Lynn & Len Laresca, DL Food Service Design, Mark Sweetwood & Smokopolis.

The Ashley Lauren Foundation provides financial assistance, material needs, emotional support, "Making Dreams Come True" Program and parties & 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 or corporate sponsorship, please visit www.ashleylaurenfoundation.org or call 732-414-1625.