Well-known philanthropists Gerret and Tatiana Copeland were awarded with Josiah Marvel Cup at the 2019 Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s 183rd annual dinner Monday night.
Gerret Copeland is a member of the du Pont family, eventually starting a New York Stock Exchange brokerage firm.
He’s since helped found the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, while also working with the Mount Cuba Center, the Delaware Art Museum, and Longwood Gardens.
Tatiana Copeland started her career at Pricewaterhouse, before joining DuPont’s European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. She returned to Delaware and serves on the board of the Grand Opera House and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.
Together, the couple has also worked with ChristianaCare, the Brandywine SPCA, Delaware Humane Association, Delaware Theatre Company, the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, OperaDelaware, and other non-profit organizations.
Since 1951, the Marvel Cup has been awarded since to a Delawarean who's made an outstanding contribution to the state, community, and society.
Also as part of the night, Fulton Bank’s Katie Wilkinson was named the first female chair of the chamber's Board of Directors in its 183-year history, succeeding Delmarva Power’s Gary Stockbridge. Wilkinson served as vice chair behind Stockbridge in 2019.
“The current momentum in the Delaware business community--around workforce development, diversity and inclusion, and business expansion--is very exciting!” Wilkinson said in a written statement. “I look forward to working with business leaders to help advance these and other important initiatives.”
Wilkinson leads Fulton Bank’s commercial banking efforts in Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland, and is charged with developing commercial relationships across the region.