Carpenter wins the State Chamber’s Josiah Marvel Cup

Carpenter with Chamber President Rich Heffron

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce awarded the Josiah Marvel Cup Award to Carroll M. Carpenter on Monday night.

Carpenter, a part of the duPont family, has long been associated with Christiana Care and its predecessor, Medical Center of Delaware. She championed the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Hospital.

The event, held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, attracted a crowd of more than 900, the chamber announced.


Carpenter serves as Chair of the Christiana Care Board of Trustees.

She has also been President of the Good Samaritan Foundation, since 2009; Leadership Division Co-Chair for the Executive Committee of the Campaign for the Wilmington Campus of Christian Care, since 2009; and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Leadership Council for Psychiatry, since 2006.

She has been honored by Christiana Care Hospital for her leadership in founding the Friends of Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, and by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School for establishing the Edmund N. and Carroll M. Carpenter Professorship in Psychiatry for Women’s Mental Health, the first in its field.

Carpenter is also the recipient of the Partners HealthCare Jack Connors Jr. Award for Philanthropic Leadership from Massachusetts General Hospital, the MGH Chief of Psychiatry Philanthropy Leadership Award, the Christiana Care Harrington Trustee Award, Ministry of Caring’s Caring Bowl, and the National Society of Fundraising Executives’ Philanthropy Day Award.

The Marvel Cup Award was established in 1951 to honor 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 Honorable Josiah Marvel, who reorganized and was the first president of the State Chamber in 1913-1914.

The award was originally presented to Marvel upon his retirement and has been imprinted with the name of each recipient.

The identity of the winner is not announced until the award is presented at the Annual Dinner.

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