winter glow ballMilestone Event Set for December 2, 2016 in Farmingdale

TINTON FALLS, NJ – In 1966, the Countess Anatole Buxhoeveden began a tradition of caring and compassion in Monmouth County that has shone brightly for the past fifty years.


Inspired by her daughter, Anabel, Countess Buxhoeveden organized the first Winter Glow Ball to benefit those with Down syndrome, autism and other forms of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Over the years, the Winter Glow Ball has raised funds to improve and enhance the lives of the individuals and families served by The Arc of Monmouth in this community.

The Arc of Monmouth will celebrate its 50th Winter Glow Ball on Friday, December 2, 2016, at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale, NJ, with a golden anniversary gala paying tribute to the individuals, families and organizations who have supported The Arc of Monmouth, and those they serve, for the past five decades.

“We couldn’t have achieved this incredible milestone without the ongoing generosity of our countless donors, volunteers, participants and corporate partners who continue the remarkable legacy of Countess Buxhoeveden,” said Linda Mayo, executive director for The Arc of Monmouth. “We are grateful to the Countess for her dedication and support, for serving as a philanthropic trailblazer in this community.”

The Arc of Monmouth’s Winter Glow Ball is widely acknowledged as one of the first charity balls to be organized in Monmouth County. While today’s social calendar is crowded with hundreds of fundraising event each weekend, in 1966 the concept of a “charity gala” was new to this area.

According to a New York Times article dated November 11, 1973, Countess Anatole Buxhoeveden joined the board of The Arc to ensure quality services would be available for individuals with special needs like her daughter, Anabel, who was born with Down syndrome. In 1966, the countess offered to help the agency by giving “some sort of a fundraising party — something glamorous and private.”

This “fundraising party,” novel for its time for areas outside of New York or Palm Beach, was the first Winter Glow Ball. The event netted nearly $8,000 its first year and has gone on to raise millions for the agency in the ensuing years.

Throughout its fifty-year history, only five chairpersons have presided over the ball following the countess: Beverly Annarella (1980-1982), Sheila McLoone (1988-1989), Vicki DeNoia (1983-1987), Anita Roselle (1990 – 2014), and the current chair, Holly Annarella Flego, daughter of former chair Beverly Annarella. 

“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of these powerful and influential women who have given so much of themselves to ensure the success of this event,” said Flego, whose committee has been planning the event for almost a year. “The funds raised improves and enhances the lives of more than 1,600 individuals with special needs in Monmouth County and I am very proud to be continuing their work.”

This year’s Winter Glow Ball will celebrate its golden anniversary with “A Holiday in Monte Carlo,” a favorite destination of the Countess Buxhoeveden and her family. Capturing all the elegance of the French Riviera’s most glamorous city, the formal event will feature dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction, and an elegant Monte Carlo casino and cocktail lounge. 

Sponsorships, underwriting and ad journal opportunities are available.  

Tickets are $250 per person. For more information, contact The Arc of Monmouth Development Office at 732-489-1919 x 122 or register online at