NJ Ferrari Maserati

Around Town
12th Annual AMI Foundation Golf Classic
CNHS - "It's A Wonder Life"
Voyagers' Community School - Open House
Ask The Experts
Company Profile - Shrewsbury Vascular & General Surgery Associates
Ask The Expert - Cory Schifter of Casale Jewelers
Ask The Expert - Robert E.Wold, M.D.
Bay Wellness
Bay Wellness - Making Weight Loss a Family Affair
Bay Wellness - Health After Menopause
Bay Wellness - How Can An Ultrasound Help?
Best Bets
Best Bet - Max's Es-Ca
Best Bet - Lure Lash of Metuchen
Gift Guide - Chapel Hill Dental Arts
Black Book
Cover Story
Felicia Stoler: Spreading Health With A Little TLC
Jersey Boy - Jim Florentine
Lovin' Life - Big Joe Henry
Daytripper
Day Tripper - Spa Castle
Day Tripper - Peddlers Village
Day Tripper - FRENCHTOWN
Eats
Monmouth EatBeat - TAPEO
Eats: Mumford's Culinary Center
The Monmouth EatBeat - Trinity Restaurant
Etc
ETC - Beach Bias
Etc - The Endless Summer
Etc - Turkey Day
Fall Guide
Fall Guide 2014 - Fall Events
Fall Guide - Art of Wine
Fall Guide - Kids Fashions
Featured Artist
Featured Artist - Sangita Phadke
Featured Artist - José Serrano
Featured Artist - Hazlet Artist Jim McKenzie
Gift Guide
Gift Guide - LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Blaha Counselors at Law
Gift Guide - Advanced Body Rehabilitation Center
Gift Guide - Valina Salon & Day Spa
Health Talk
Health Blog - Glo Bar Skin Art Studio
Health Blog - Atlantic Laser Vision Center
Health Talk - Pietro Carpenito, M.D.
Health, Wellness & Beauty
Health - Elevate Yoga
Health - Skyn
Health - Restorative Health Alliance
Holiday Buzz 2014
Best Bet - David Burke’s Fromagerie
Weigh In - What famous person would you invite to your holiday table?
Chanukah Traditions In Transition
Homes
Old World Charm: The Lowys
East Meets West
An Historic Home
Letter
Letter to Colts Neck: Falling Into Good Times
Spring has Sprung!
Warm Winter Wishes
Living in Colts Neck
Home at Last
Muriel Rogers - Local Artist
La Bella Vita!
Newsletter Articles
The Home - Giglio Builders
The Home - Closettec
Our Pick: Marlboro Dental Arts, PC
Our Picks
Our Pick - Vincent Camarda, D.D.S., P.A.
Our Pick - The Law Firm of Kevin P. McKernan
Our Pick - Company Profile - Spine & Pain Centers of NJ and NY
People On The Move
People On The Move - Mindy Gollin
People On The Move - Elizabeth Shea Arthur
People on the Move: Rabbi Shira Stern
Summer Guide
Summer Guide 2015 - Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park
Summer Guide - The Beach is Back
Summer Guide 2014 - Out & About
The Bay
The Bay - Healthier Heart
The Bay - Could I Have Diabetes and Not Even Know it?
The Bay - Welcome to the Premiere
The Guide
The Guide 2014 - Grecian Pools
The Guide 2015 - Massage Envy Spa - Holmdel
The Guide 2015 - KryoLife Staten Island
The Home Guide
The Home Guide - Pietra Bella
The Home Guide - Creative Kitchens
The Home - Landscaping by Mike Pantina
Weigh In
Weigh In - What is the worst gift you ever received?
Weigh In - My Favorite Monmouth County Park
Weigh In - What Would People Be Surprised To Know About You?

People On The Move - Yvette Bonfiglio
05/03/2012 - By Paul Williams

People On The Move - Yvette Bonfiglio



Waking Up With A Mission


Yvette Bonfiglio of Monmouth Beach woke up one morning more than a year ago with a mission: to help The Ashley Lauren Foundation, which since 2005 has provided financial assistance, emotional support, and more to families whose children have been stricken with cancer. The charitable, nonprofit organization based in Colts Neck was founded by local resident, Monica Vermeulen, and named for her daughter, Ashley Lauren, who successfully overcame kidney cancer when she was just 3.

It was her husband and business partner, Tom Bonfiglio, owner of Tommy's Coal Fired Pizza, who first introduced Yvette to Monica. Yvette became enchanted with the foundation's service to the community, and has since become a major contributor to it herself. "What Monica does for these kids is beautiful and amazing. After meeting her I just woke up one day and decided I wanted to be a part of it," Yvette says. "These children and their families are suffering, and I'd like to do what I can to make them smile and feel better, even if it's for just a little while."

Yvette keeps a busy schedule between the three Tommy's Coal Fired Pizza locations. But that doesn't deter her from visiting the sick children or lending a helping hand to their families a few days every week. In fact, she recently found a way to assist them during work when she started "Tommy's Kid of the Month," a joint charity with Ashley Lauren, to benefit the child's family that Monica provides each month. The program has been more successful than Yvette could have hoped for thus far. She keeps a donation box in each restaurant with a picture of the child, indicating that other businesses in the area have inquired about ways they can help out as well. "I just wanted to find a way to help these children, and the idea for the kid of the month just came to me. I'd have to say that God is steering this boat in the direction it's going in. I don't know where all these ideas have come from, and I'm not out there networking a lot," she says.

While Yvette may not be actively seeking more endorsements or donations for her noble cause, she constantly offers her own kindness and ingenuity to the families of the suffering children. She brings some of the children into Tommy's every week and lets them help their chef make pizzas during early business hours, and routinely visits them at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, entertaining the children there with toys and games, providing them some much needed happiness during their difficult treatments.

Yvette also brings her new dog, Bruno, along with her. "He looks like Marmaduke, and the children just adore him. Once they see him, their faces just light up," she says of Bruno. She is also training him to become a medical dog for the hospital. "I try to keep in touch with all of the kids I see here. Sometimes we'll text at 3 a.m. I admire each one of them. These kids are some of the strongest people I've ever met."

Yvette, whose empathetic nature has her giving blood to the Red Cross every three months for the past several years, and Monica's generous charity have been a great tandem so far. They continue to dream about growing The Ashley Lauren Foundation, and expanding its reach in the future. "Our goal is to one day have a farm where we can house the children and their families for a little while. Maybe somewhere in Monmouth County we can make a place where they can see some animals and just escape for a few days when they are able to. We can't make the kids better, but we can make them smile. Hopefully one day we can provide all that for them," she says.

To learn more about, or make a donation to The Ashley Lauren Foundation, visit their website, www.ashleylaurenfoundation.org.

To learn more about "Tommy's Kid of the Month," visit Tommy's Coal Fired Pizza's website, www.newjerseycoalfiredpizza. com, and click on the Charity Connection tab.



STATS

FAVORITE RESTAURANT

Tommy's Coal Fired Pizza

FAVORITE MUSIC
Rob Thomas
Andrea Bocelli

FAVORITE MOVIE
"Moonstruck"

PET PEEVE
People who are not empathetic towards others

THREE PEOPLE YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH
My mother, Rob Thomas, Andrea Bocelli




Advertisers

The Grove At ShrewsburyEagle Oaks




Powered by eDirectory™