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Princess ball celebrates first year in heaven

By Tali Hunt, Staff Writer

Sarah Wollyung and Ayla Lou's Butterflies will host the first Ayla's Princess Ball on Nov. 4 at the James Roberts Memorial Building in Connersville.

“She loved to dress up, but she was easily one of the dirtiest kids at the ballpark every night,” said Sarah. “She loved dancing even though she would tell you her dancing was no good.”

The event will take on the weekend marking Ayla Lou Wollyung's first anniversary in heaven, according to her mother, Sarah.

“The Princess Ball is going to be a wonderful, family-friendly evening. There will be a nice dinner, music, raffles for children and adults, photo booth, and caricatures,” said Sarah. “...I am trying to plan this event how my daughter would like it to be and allow families to come and enjoy the night. My goal is that this is her biggest fundraiser of the year.”

Ayla Lou’s Butterflies is a permanent endowment through the Union County Foundation. It is one of the first permanent endowments to benefit younger children in the UC community. According to Sarah, the scholarship created in Ayla's name will sponsor preschool costs, dance class and other activities in the community that families may have trouble affording for their children.

“When I thought about events to get this scholarship started I knew I wanted her biggest fundraiser to be the weekend of her anniversary in Heaven, so that is why November 4 is the date,” said Sarah. “Instead of sitting home crying, I wanted to do something for her. Ayla loved dressing up and looking beautiful. I always called Ayla my princess, so a Princess Ball was fitting.”

The proceeds from the Princess Ball will go to Ayla's account at the UC Foundation. Ayla Lou's Butterflies, the name of the foundation created in Ayla's memory, has five years to raise $5,000. Sarah's goal is to have reached that goal by the end of the Princess Ball weekend.

Everyone is welcome, according to Sarah. Those wishing to attend the ball or make a donation can find ticket forms at J's Dairy Inn, the UC Foundation, the College Corner branch of Bath State Bank or online.

Sarah said the Ayla Lou's Butterflies Facebook page contains more information on the event and, of course, Ayla's foundation.

“When I think of a word to describe my daughter I always say 'Ayla',” said Sarah. “...Ayla just loved life and lived every moment to the fullest. She was a happy girl that was adored and loved by so many.”