Marshall Direct Fund Events

Marshall Direct Fund 2016 Annual Fundraiser
The 9th Annual Aspen Reception will take place on July 26th from 5 – 7:30pm at the beautiful home of Kate and Chris Roberts. Join us for food, cocktails, and a special presentation: Surviving a Taliban kidnapping and Nearly Five Years in Captivity: An Intimate Interview with Shahbaz Taseer With growing factionalization of the Taliban, there has been a rise in kidnapping as a means to fund extremist activities. Shahbaz Taseer is from a prominent family known for their courage and stalwart opposition to the spread of extremist ideology. Shahbaz will be accompanied by his sister, Shehrbano Taseer, political activist and reporter for Newsweek Pakistan, who will moderate. Shahbaz will share his harrowing experience, how he survived and escaped, as well as ideas on eradicating extremism. To sign-up click here.

Marshall Direct Fund 2015 Annual Fundraiser 
Thank you for joining us Wednesday July 1, 2015 at the home of Terri & Tony Caine in Aspen, Colorado for our 8th Annual Fundraiser. The event was, once again, a huge success! Thank you to all of our sponsors and Host Committee members. Click here to view photos from the talented Hal Williams.

Marshall Direct Fund 2014 Annual Fundraiser
Our work would not be possible without the generous support we receive from our community. The event July 7th was a huge success! Check out video footage from the Founder of MDF and CEO of Field Operations here.

Her Own Two Feet Launch PartyHalWilliams2014-997176
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.

Hero_MalalaMarshall Direct Fund’s first DC event!
Marshall Direct Fund had a special dinner reception featuring Ambassador Husain Haqqani on September 13, 2013.  Video of MDF Founder and the Ambassador can be viewed at  Don’t miss an opportunity to witness an 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 Fund.

Marshall Direct Fund 2013 Annual Fundraiser
The 6th Annual Fundraiser for Marshall Direct Fund took place July 1, 2013 at the magnificent Scanlan Ranch in Woody Creek, Colorado.   Our guest, 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”. Thank you, Adam, for an informative and moving account of your experience there and the compassion you illustrated in your courageous discussion.

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!

To purchase a bracelet (300 USD for those that have wood or horn, 350 USD for ivory), please  contact us at or use this order form (PDF).

Beading choices pictured here. 100 percent of the proceeds of these pieces 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.