Annual Fundraiser Was A Resounding Success!
We raised over $100K; the most we have generated in a single event. Many thanks to all who supported us whether it is by attending, providing the coveted wares for the silent auction or volunteering. Thank you especially to the event chairs: Marcy and Leo Edelstein, Soledad and Bob Hurst, and Mary and Patrick Scanlan. We offer the ultimate gratitude to the host committee and all of the sponsors and underwriters who helped make this event possible.
“This benchmark is so inspirational to me, my staff and the board,” exclaimed executive director Silbi Stainton. “The faith and generosity of our donors shows us all that the formula is working and we can and must persevere”.
The reception took place in Aspen, CO, at the beautiful home of Marcy and Leo Edelstein. The vivid photography of Shari Applebaum who accompanied MDF staff to Pakistan last October, showcased students whose lives are enriched by the educational programs provided by the Marshall Direct Fund.
Featuring Shehrbano Taseer
Highlights from the evening include a very moving speech by Shehrbano Taseer. Shehrbano, the daughter of the late Salmaan Taseer (governor of Punjab who was recently gunned down by one of his own bodyguards), has followed in her fathers’ footsteps by continuing his pledge to pursue a humanistic society with equal protection for all under the law.
Shehrbano is a reputed reporter and human rights activist. During the event she shared the story of her father’s commitment to a peaceful and progressive Pakistan, a commitment that resulted in his assassination. Shehrbano continues to speak out for religious tolerance and freedom. You can read more of her story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/
THE GALLERIE boutique Tunics Début
The event marked the debut of the beautiful products produced at the women’s vocational centers that the Marshall Direct Fund supports and the creative designer and fashion-forward owner of the Aspen, Colorado boutique THE GALLERIE, Sarah Lippincott.
Marshall Direct Fund is advancing the education and work skills of women and children in Pakistan. By uniting Sarah’s successful business model, fashionista sensibility and philanthropy with the needs of Marshall Direct Fund; entrepreneurial women in Pakistan are creating merchandise that will be soon featured in THE GALLERIE.
Marshall Direct Fund is able to offer cost-efficient product that puts distinctive merchandise in the hands of clientele looking for that one-of-a-kind piece.
The Gallerie is instrumental providing input on the designs and is taking orders and selling the tunics at The Gallerie in Aspen. For more on how you can purchase a distinctive tunice please visit www.gallerieaspen.com/
You can check out the Get Involved page of our website for information on everyday ways to contribute to programs specifically designed to increase economic opportunity for the poor, especially girls and women, in Pakistan http://www.marshalldirectfund.