Marshall Direct Fund Events
MDF 9th Annual Aspen Reception
The 9th Annual Aspen Reception took place on July at the beautiful home of Kate and Chris Roberts. Photos are available to view on the MDF Facebook page. If you missed the event and would like to watch the interview moderated by Founder, Silbi Stainton, with recently returned kidnap victim, Shahbaz Taseer please click here.
MDF 8th Annual Aspen Reception
On July 1, 2015 at the gorgeous home of Terri & Tony Caine, we enjoyed food drink and hearing from distinguished guest speaker, Dalia Mogahed. Dalia is an Egyptian born American scholar who has served as an advisor to President Obama and co-authored Who Speaks for Islam? presenting fascinating findings of the largest Gallup Poll of the Muslim World. Click here to view photos from the talented Hal Williams. Click here for media coverage in Aspen Peak Magazine.
MDF 7th Annual Aspen Reception
Our work would not be possible without the generous support we receive from our community. The event July 7th and the spectacular home of Anna & Matt Freedman was a huge success! Check out video footage from the Founder of MDF and CEO of Field Operations here. Photos can be viewed here. Aspen Peak Magazine footage available here.
Her Own Two Feet Launch Party
Thank you to all those who joined us on March 7, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado to help celebrate the launch of Her Own Two Feet, a line of hand-crafted, embellished flip-flops crafted by women entrepreneurs in Pakistan. The event was a huge success! Thank you to all of our sponsors. Check out photos of the event, courtesy of Hal Williams, here. Check out coverage in Aspen Peak here.
MDF in Washington, DC
Marshall Direct Fund had a special dinner reception featuring Ambassador Husain Haqqani on September 13, 2013. Click here to view video of MDF Founder and the Ambassador and witness this insightful account from Ambassador Haqqani on the culture in Pakistan, the influence of education, and how the dynamic between the U.S. and Pakistan is evolving through programs like Marshall Direct.
MDF 6th Annual Aspen Reception
The event took place at the magnificent Scanlan Ranch in Woody Creek, Colorado. Guest speaker, Adam Ellick with the New York Times, produced the 2009 documentary “Class Dismissed: Malala’s Story” profiling the young courageous girl who was targeted and shot in the head by Taliban in 2012 for her efforts to advocate for girls’ education. Malala has survived and continues to demand human rights. She is proof that the biggest threat to extremist organizations is the mass education of girls. Please click here to view Adam Ellick’s video “Class Dismissed”. He shared an informative and moving account of his experience. Photos from the event courtesy of Hal Williams.
A jewelry trunk show and champagne fete during Aspen Fashion Week!
The event at Distractions March 18, 2012 helped raise over $4,000 to support vocational training for mothers and older sisters of MDF students. The Woods Fine Jewelry consists of bold pieces juxtaposing natural elements with exquisite diamonds. Their designs are worn by fashion trendsetters across the globe including celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Ashley Olsen, Charlize Theron, and Paris Hilton. Artist, Evan Hecox designed a piece loosely inspired by the MDF logo which Sam and Shawn translated into a charm. The charm can be attached to various necklaces and bracelets the sisters have within their jewelry line. 100% of the profit of these pieces benefit MDF.
Sam Hitchcock Terkun & Shawn Hecox of The Woods, along with Heidi Semrau of Distractions are role models for female entrepreneurs across the globe. This event was a fun way for fashionistas on this side of the world to support our female counterparts in Pakistan who are working hard to obtain better livelihoods for themselves and their families. Women everywhere love to feel beautiful and strong. Distractions and The Woods Fine Jewelry embody this mission. MDF is honored to have such intelligent and talented women standing by our side!
Beading choices pictured here and 100 percent of the proceeds supports vocational training for mothers of children in the schools we operate. By providing mothers skills and business training in embellished, fabrics, clothing, and accessories, MDF helps women develop tools necessary to generate income, send their children to school, and lift their families out of poverty.
**The MDF logo was inspired by the shape of the sail that was displayed on the original Marshall Plan posters – symbolizing the worlds flags coming together sailing across the sea to help war ravished countries abroad. In addition, the curves of letters reflect the shape of Eastern languages including Urdu, one of the main languages of Pakistan. Lastly, the MDF logo resembles the modern architecture of Gehry – his works flow with the environment around him….just as MDF reflects the needs of the communities and the flow of their environment.