Andrea Verdone Gorsegner: Member in the Moment

Meet Impact 100 Jersey Coast Member Andrea Verdone Gorsegner

By Janet Mazur Cavano

Meet Andrea
Riding one’s exercise bike for 24 straight hours is an impressive feat, most would agree. Raising more than $85,000 for charity while doing so catapults this feat to another level entirely. Just ask Impact 100 Jersey Coast member Andrea Verdone Gorsegner, who recently accomplished exactly that when she clipped into her Peloton bike at 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday, and pedaled straight through 9:30 a.m. Sunday, stepping off only for brief bathroom breaks.

Spin 4 Kids

The result? Infinite Love’s “Spin 4 Kids” event netted $85,196.74  for Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer, the non-profit (501(c)3) she founded in 2013 when her then two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia.  Since its inception, Infinite Love has raised $1.4 million, most of it targeted for research and the rest going directly to families with affected children. It is an entirely volunteer-run organization that helps families with “whatever they need.”

If you congratulate the 44-year-old  Middletown resident on her marathon achievement, however, she will emphatically point out that “Spin 4 Kids” was a communal effort. Long before she’d even sat on the bike, teams across the country had already pledged nearly $40,000. Additional funding came from corporate sponsors, Peloton community members who joined her for part of the ride, as well as donors watching the Livestream event on Facebook.

“My 24-hour ride did catch a lot of eyes, but in no way was I in this race alone,” she said.

Her family was equally supportive, particularly her two daughters, Natalie, now 11, cancer-free and leading a healthy life, and Hannah, 13.

Not only did they watch their favorite Marvel movies together, but Hannah, whom she describes as a “mother bear,” stayed awake all but 15 minutes of the 24 hours and acted as a trainer. She placed frozen towels around her mother’s neck, created a special playlist to put on only “when I really needed it,” and supplied water, snacks and pain relievers.  When Gorsegner’s knees began to ache, Hannah snipped the toes off a pair of compression socks and slid them over her biking shoes and up her legs for extra support. 

“She was my lifeline the entire time! I couldn’t have done it without her,” Gorsegner said.

Altogether, she pedaled 213 miles at a pace of between 7 and 14 miles per hour and burned 3,246 calories. She began her journey on a live Peloton ride with 200 other registered supporters sporting the hashtag #Spin4Kids before eventually switching to a scenic ride.

“All throughout the 24 hours, there would be at least 1 or 2 people riding with me,” she said. “People went way out of their way to ride with me, even in the wee hours.”

When Gorsenger felt weary or discouraged, she reminded herself of the many courageous children her organization helped, children battling a devastating illness and enduring far more pain and hardship than the aches incurred by a marathon ride. This, she said, kept her going.

As for her Impact 100 Jersey Coast involvement, Gorsegner joined in 2020, having initially learned of the group when multiple people suggested that Infinite Love apply for an Impact grant. Thinking that her group wouldn’t qualify, she never did.

But then, at an event at Bell Works last year, she was drawn to a table staffed by Impact volunteers. There, she recalled meeting Deirdre Spiropoulous, Impact’s president and co-founder, who “handed me a folder and said, ‘Take a look.’ “

She did and joined soon thereafter. 

“I love women helping other women, using our intelligence and hearts to make a difference. I am drawn by that alone,” Gorsegner said. “I just love being a part of Impact. It’s a great way for me to meet other women in our area – you never know who you might want to partner with.”

Serving on the Focus Area Committee (FAC) for Arts and Culture last summer, Gorsegner was struck by the group’s professionalism and efficiency, even as meetings were held virtually.

“The respect everyone had for everyone else’s opinion was impressive. Everyone had a voice and was heard. That is how I view women working together. It felt like a true democracy”

She points out that this is strikingly at odds with cultural depictions of women pitted against one another, ala “Mean Girls.”

 Her advice to anyone considering joining Impact 100  is simple. Think investment.

“It’s an investment in our community. We rise by lifting others. The stronger we can make our community, the better for us all. We are all on one path, on the same circle, and it all comes back to you. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?” 

Meanwhile, it took Gorsenger nearly three weeks before she hopped back on her Peloton after Spin4Kids. ”It was hard mentally, though physically it was fine.”

She has already begun planning a similar event for next year. Learn more by visiting Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer or their Facebook group Infinite Love IN MOTION.

Have or know of a similar story? Share similar inspiring stories of your own efforts or other Impact 100 members here.

Karen Harris: Member in the Moment

Meet Impact 100 Jersey Coast Member Karen Harris

By Janet Mazur Cavano

Karen HarrisMeet Karen Harris
Many of our members don’t just volunteer their time with us. Some become involved with local non-profits they’re led to through their work at Impact 100 Jersey Coast. This is exactly what happened with Karen Harris. On a site visit to Horizons, an organization offering summer enrichment programs to underprivileged children, she witnessed a joyful scene.

“The kids were so happy and engaged and getting exposed to so many things – building boats, learning to swim, visiting museums,” Harris recalled. “Horizons gives these children experiences they would never have.”

Helping Horizons
Impressed with what she saw, Harris was determined to do something more. So, she introduced Horizon’s director to the president of Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), where her son was a student. Her hope was that the two could forge a connection.

Since then, CBA’s Lincroft campus has become another site for Horizon’s programs and also supplies volunteers. Harris describes this “a beautiful thing that joins two communities together.” Likewise, Harris has donated cruises on her 40-ft sailboat, Cigne, to Horizons during fund-raising campaigns.

Taking Horizon families on cruises, she said, “were some of the best sails I’ve had all year! It was incredible to do that and raise money. The families were just terrific and the kids kept calling me ‘Captain.’

180  Turning Lives Around
Her community involvement doesn’t stop there. For the last ten years, Harris has given her time to 180 Turning Lives Around, Monmouth county’s anti-domestic violence organization and the recipient of Impact 100 JC’s inaugural grant.

The organization hits home. As a survivor of domestic violence who left an abusive marriage 18 years ago, Harris felt it was imperative to empower other women. To demonstrate firsthand that a woman can go on to lead a healthy, fulfilling, violence-free existence.

Interestingly, she reports receiving far fewer crisis calls while volunteering during the pandemic. This bears out with national statistics, which indicate a drop in calls for help, but not necessarily a drop in abuse cases.

“We know this is because they’re stuck in a house with their abuser,” Harris said. “When all this lifts, (the Pandemic) we’ll see a tremendous amount of revelation. It’s been too quiet.”

To clarify, 180’s services are still very much available. While the hospital and police in-person accompaniment have been suspended, survivors will still have the opportunity to connect with an advocate on the phone. Likewise, the hotline is still staffed round the clock. (see details below)

To a woman reading this who may be experiencing domestic or sexual violence, Harris offers these words: “One in four women are victims,” she said. “But remember, It’s not you! It’s the poor choices your perpetrator is making. And there IS help!”

To further benefit 180, Harris will again participate in the 16th annual Ms. Race, an all-women sailing regatta that takes place August 22 and is hosted by the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club. Not only does the event raise money but also, heightens awareness for women in the sport of sailing, which has traditionally been dominated by men.

“It’s all about empowering women – that’s the common thread,” she added.

Harris lives in Red Bank and owns a recruiting company, Targeted Talent. She has been an Impact member for the last three years.



You can immediately reach 180’s hotlines for 24/7 support as follows:

Domestic Violence: 1-888-843-9262
Sexual Violence: 1-888-264-RAPE
2nd Floor Youth Call and Text Helpline: 1-888-222-2228
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233



Marilyn Schlossbach: Member in the Moment

Meet Impact 100 Jersey Coast Member Marilyn Schlossbach

By Janet Mazur Cavano

Meet Marilyn Schlossbach
















Meet Marilyn Schlossbach, our first Member in the Moment spotlight. Mariylyn has been an Impact 100 JC member for  3 years. She is using her network to make an impact during COVID-19.

How?  Marilyn owns a non-profit Food for Thought. They started the “Meals & Masks” program. First came Masks – her organization connected with a mask manufacturer and donated 6,000+ masks to local EMT, police departments, hospitals, churches, and senior centers.

Next came Food – Food for Thought partnered with Asbury Park Dinner Table and Fufill NJ to provide relief meals to those most vulnerable during this time.

Thank you Marilyn and Food for Thought for all that you are doing in this pandemic!

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Devin Carrick: Member In The Moment

Meet Impact 100 Jersey Coast Member Devin Carrick

By Janet Mazur Cavano

Devin Carrick

What happens to all those Girl Scout cookies when a pandemic strikes in the middle of sales season?

Forced to abandon community booths and direct sales during the governor’s stay-at-home order, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore created an innovative solution: They started a relief fund and donated cookies to essential workers.

Impact 100 Jersey Coast member Devin Carrick, the director of sales and recruitment for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, played a critical role in the initiative. “It’s nice to give back to the people who are giving so tirelessly,” Carrick explained. “One first responder said getting a box of Girl Scout cookies is like getting a box of love!”

Carrick is no stranger to tirelessly giving back. On Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, she was driving around the county picking up bags and boxes of donated goods from people’s porches for a local food drive.

In addition to her role on Impact’s Membership team, Carrick also serves as president of the Monmouth County Young Democrats. Of the Girl Scout cookies, she points out that not only will the funds subsidize projects and programs for scouts in Monmouth and Ocean County, but the initiative also models a valuable lesson.

“It gives the girls a new opportunity to be resilient and to learn new ways of marketing,” she said. ”It also offers them a new perspective. Plus, we just wanted to keep the cookies moving!”

When people make an online donation, volunteers safely deliver the cookies to the essential workers. To date, an astonishing 50,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies have gone to local hospital personnel, first responders, and other essential workers. They donated another 10,000 boxes to Fulfill, the food bank of Monmouth and Ocean counties.

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