NJ Ferrari Maserati

Around Town
Raritan Bay Medical Center Begins New Construction
RUMC Receives AHA - AHS Gold Plus Achievement Award
12th Annual AMI Foundation Golf Classic
Ask The Experts
Ask The Expert - Cory Schifter of Casale Jewelers
Jim O’Neill - Event Sales Director
Ask The Experts: Dr. John M. Young
Bay Wellness
Bay Wellness - Welcome to our newest issue
Bay Wellness - Genital Warts
Bay Wellness - How Can An Ultrasound Help?
Best Bets
The Guide 2014 - We Got Lites
The Guide 2015 - Red White & Blue Contracting
The Guide 2015 - Gerald Peters Goldmine Jewelers
Black Book
Cover Story
Loud & Clear - Jim Hickey
Sheer Genius
Still Kicking - Tab Ramos
Daytripper
Daytripper: Liberty Science Center
Day Tripper - USMA at West Point
Staten Island Fun Facts
Eats
Eat Beat - Turning Point
Eats: Delfini Italian Gourmet
Eats: TEAK Restaurant
Etc
Etc - Turkey Day
ETC - Beach Bias
Etc - The Facebook Situation
Fall Guide
Fall Guide 2014 - The Art of Wine
Fall Guide - Museums
Fall Guide 2014 - Museums
Featured Artist
Featured Artist - Franco Minervini
Featured Artist - John Kelly
Featured Artist - Taylor Franzreb
Gift Guide
Best Bet - Relief Source
Best Bet - Devine Creations Design Center
Holiday Gift Guide - Restaurant Nicholas
Health Talk
Health Talk - Asaad H. Samra, MD, FACS - Samra Plastic Surgery
Health Talk - Rockwell Dentistry
Health Talk - Abraham Biegeleisen, D.D.S, P.C.
Health, Wellness & Beauty
Health - Sports Care & Physical Rehabilitation
Health Talk - New Reflections Plastic Surgery
Health - Caring for our Seniors
Holiday Buzz 2014
Dining Out For The Holidays
Holiday Fun in the City: NYC & PHL
Bright Lights & Holiday Magic
Homes
Inspired by the Arts
Completely Custom - The Campillays
Old World Charm: The Lowys
Letter
Warm Winter Wishes
Letter to Colts Neck: Falling Into Good Times
Spring has Sprung!
Living in Colts Neck
It's All in the Details
Feels Like Home
The Triple Crown
Newsletter Articles
The Home - Seaside Materials
JMH Home Design Consultants - Gallery
RUMC Receives AHA - AHS Gold Plus Achievement Award
Our Picks
Our Pick - Two River Theater Company
Our Pick - Get In Shape for Women
Our Pick - Falco’s Catering
People On The Move
People On The Move - Alexandra Kerenyi Augustyn
Valerie Niess - Raising Environmental And Political Awareness
People on the Move: Gerry Viggiani
Summer Guide
Dish - Summer Guide 2014
Summer Guide 2014 - Our Jersey Shore
Weigh In - My Favorite Jersey Beach
The Bay
The Bay - Could I Have Diabetes and Not Even Know it?
The Bay - $1 Million Emergency Department Expansion Opens
The Bay - One Stop Women’s Health
The Guide
The Guide 2015 - The Compounding Facility
Company Profile - Atlantic Age Management
The Guide 2014 - Marshall P. Allegra, M.D.
The Home Guide
The Home Guide - T. Dorland Studio at Folio Art Glass
The Home - JGS Insurance
The Home Guide - AIR DOCTORS, INC.
Weigh In
Weigh In - “What do you like least or most about Facebook?
Weigh In - What did you want to be when you grew up?
If you had a crystal ball...

People on the Move: Dorothee Volpini de Maestri-Gerberding
03/14/2008 - By Teja Anderson

People on the Move: Dorothee Volpini de Maestri-Gerberding

Dorothee Volpini de Maestri-Gerberding

Dorothee Volpini de Maestri-Gerberding - Creating A Special Kind Of Magic


Growing up in the beautiful green hills outside of Vienna, Austria, did much to solidify Dorothee’s love of the outdoors. Open space is a passion she takes seriously while serving as a trustee for the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, but it is just one of the many causes for which she volunteers. Twenty-five years ago in Vienna, her older sister, Verena, volunteered at a children’s cancer clinic, leaving quite an impression on Dorothee, so when the Embrace Kids Foundation approached her to become a member, she jumped at the chance to do even more. As it turned out, she needed to create a fundraiser for a character-building education course she was taking with Landmark Education in South Plainfield, NJ.     The Embrace Kids Foundation was founded in 1990 by families, friends, and medical professionals at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to support the non-medical needs of children and their families with cancer, sickle cell disease, and other blood disorders. Of the money raised, 87% goes directly to the affected families providing them with social services, emergency financial assistance, tutors and supplies, and much more; most importantly, they provide families with the same caregivers they had during treatment who continue to treat the children through remission, cure, or even end of life. This particular charity spoke volumes to Dorothee – it was local, emotionally fueled, had immediate and direct impact. She also made sure her own children got involved, as well as those of some of her friends.


    “I think it is so important for our children to realize that there are others…who are not so fortunate…that they can have an opportunity to make a difference in these children’s lives.” With the help of a dedicated group of volunteers and their children, Dorothee recently launched “Creating Magic – Children Helping Children,” an afternoon of fun, food, games, and crafts. Her inspiration was Cirque du Soleil, and she hired Doug Young from “Real Magic” to perform. She also enlisted the help of four student designers from Brookdale Community College to decorate the ballroom at Merri-Makers at the Water’s Edge (Sea Bright); they made the whole place feel like the inside of a fantastical circus tent. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds from the event went directly to the Embrace Kids Foundation!

    If you think that Dorothee has a restful vacation planned after all this work, think again. This summer she‘ll travel to northern Italy to start training for her 2-week hike up Mount Kilimanjaro in January 2009! The small hiking group plans to attack the climb from Tanzania because of the political unrest in Kenya. To prepare, Dorothee does lots of walking and jogging in Bucks Mill Park, which adjoins her property. An avid skier, she remains hopeful for snow, at least enough for the family to get some sledding in this winter on one of the park’s small hills. It’s not the Alps of her homeland, but is something to look forward to with her husband, Christoph, son Max, 16, daughters Victoria, 15, and Carolina, 12, and Margaritte, their rather plump, but loveable black Lab.

    A resident of Colts Neck for the past 18 years, Dorothee originally came to study gemology (her ancestors were jewelers to the Austrian Emperor in the 1800’s) at the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, CA, where she met her husband, who was studying at Pepperdine. They returned to Austria for their wedding, then moved to Colts Neck and started a family. In 1994, with several others, they founded Colts Neck Polo. Both her husband and son are skilled polo players, but Dorothee never rides any of the 10 horses and polo ponies they either own or board. “I am more of an off-the-field [polo] enthusiast,” she admits. Instead, she handles the public relations, setup, and breakdown of the matches. With more than half of their home matches benefiting various charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 180, Turning Lives Around, Dorothee is kept quite busy.

    Dorothee is truly giving back to the community and the country she now calls home, and it is with appreciation for all that she does have that makes this exceptional woman so incredibly generous.


*For more information about the Embrace Kids Foundation, visit www.embracekids.org   



STATS

Favorite restaurant: I Cavallini Ristorante

Favorite music: Bach, Mozart, and American Country

Favorite movie: Brokeback Mountain

Pet peeve: people who don’t produce

Three people you would like to have dinner with: Mahatma Gandhi, Rachmaninoff, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg

 




Advertisers

The Grove At ShrewsburyEagle Oaks




Powered by eDirectory™