The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce awarded its prestigious Josiah Marvel Cup Award to philanthropists Gerret and Tatiana Copeland Jan. 6 at the chamber’s 183rd Annual Dinner.
Held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, the event attracted more than 1,000 business leaders, elected officials and state dignitaries.
As a tradition, recipients of the Marvel Cup are kept secret until the night of the dinner.
Established in 1951, the Marvel Cup honors a Delawarean who has made an outstanding contribution to the state, community or society. The state chamber’s highest honor is named in memory of the Hon. Josiah Marvel, who reorganized and served as the first president of the state chamber in 1913.
Gerret, a member of the du Pont family, started his career in finance where he developed a successful New York Stock Exchange brokerage firm. He also helped establish the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pa. He is active with Longwood Gardens and the Mount Cuba Center for Piedmont Flora, and serves as chairman of the Delaware Art Museum.
After earning a bachelor’s degree at UCLA and her master’s in business administration at the University of California at Berkeley, Tatiana went to work for Price Waterhouse. She then worked at DuPont Company’s European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, before returning to DuPont in Delaware. She serves on the board of the Grand Opera House and chaired the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.
Together, the Copelands have made a tremendous impact on the community, particularly the arts. They are involved with organizations like Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, Brandywine Valley SPCA, ChristianaCare, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware College of Art and Design, Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Humane Association, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Theatre Company, Fund for Women at the Delaware Community Foundation, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, the Grand Opera House, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, Longwood Foundation, Longwood Gardens, Mount Cuba Center for Piedmont Flora, OperaDelaware and the University of Delaware, to name a few.