Cornforth receives State Chamber’s Gilman Cup award

Pam Cornforth with her Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Delaware team.

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce awarded the Marvin S. Gilman Bowl to Pamela W. Cornforth, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Delaware.

“This is a well-deserved award,” said Martha S. Gilman. “Pam’s community leadership and involvement certainly embodies my father’s legacy,” said  Martha S. Gilman.

The award is named in honor of Marvin Gilman — a homebuilder, affordable housing developer and small business leader in Delaware. The identity of the recipient of the Gilman Bowl is not disclosed until its presentation at the awards ceremony on Wednesday.

The presentation came during the 25th Superstars in Business awards luncheon on Wednesday.

Cornforth has been the president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Delaware since 1999. During Pam’s leadership, the house has undergone two expansions to accommodate the organization’s growth and serve the needs of the families who stay there when their children are seriously ill. She also oversaw the creation of the Ronald McDonald Family Room located at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware and the renovation of the Family Room located at the Center for Women’s and Children’s Health at ChristianaCare’s Newark Campus.


With a strong commitment to her local community, Cornforth is an active volunteer with multiple nonprofits in the state. She is a Fund for Women founder, having served as secretary and currently as board chair of the Board of Trustees for the Fund for Women.

The awards event also honored eight outstanding companies as Superstars in Business and Award of Excellence winners. Winner videos and event information can be found at The program included remarks from Brian DiSabatino, CEO of EDiS Company.