The Ashley Lauren Foundation's annual Butterfly Ball this past Saturday at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch was a huge success.

The event featured great entertainment, silent and live auctions and of course the spotlight fell on the dance competition, which featured area celebrities dancing for the chance to take home the crown.

Monica Vermeulen, Founder and CEO of the Ashley Lauren Foundation said this in a post event press release. "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".

Dancers who participated 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 big winner of the evening was Carol Stillwell who took both the People’s Choice Award and the Judge’s Award. Judging for the competition were Joe Leone, Tom Hayes, Anthony LaGruth and Ron Wollner.

To get more information about this great organization, and how you can help, please visit the Ashley Lauren Foundation website, or call their Spring Lake office at 732-414-1625.

Vermeulen family at Butterfly Ball
The Vermeulen family at Butterfly Ball (photo courtesy of Lou Borella, Greasy Pictures)
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden and Lou Russo
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden and Lou Russo at the Butterfly Ball (photo courtesy of Lou Borella, Greasy Pictures)

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