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Teacups and Saucers on Display This Week at the Seneca Center
Fine China Donated to Marshall Foundation

The Dominion Post
August 2002

More than 140 fine china teacups and saucers donated to the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation will be on display Monday through Friday at the Seneca Center, at 709 Beechurst Ave., in Morgantown.

The teacups will be on exhibit in the Seneca Center's shops and hallways from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; the Foundation will be offering tea to anyone visiting the display between noon-2 p.m. on Monday.

Donn Marshall, who grew up in Morgantown, established the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation to honor his wife, who died in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. "The Foundation's charitable activities reflect Shelley's interests," Marshall said, "including her interest in tea. One of our most important activities is the hosting of tea parties at nursing homes."

Marshall didn't want the seniors to use their everyday cups and saucers at the Foundation's tea parties, so he went online and asked teacup collectors to donate cups and saucers to help Shelley's foundation brighten a senior's day. Soon, packages were arriving from across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

The teacups and saucers Marshall has received include several from the Shelley China Co., which produced some of the world's finest china until it went out of business in the early 1970s; pieces from Royal Albert, Royal Doulton and a host of small English china companies; several teacups produced in occupied Japan during the late 1940s; and many more. The most precious teacups are those donated in memory of a loved one.

"When I give one of these teacups to a senior, I tell them the history of the person it honors," says Marshall. Teacups have been donated to honor family matriarchs, and friends who fought battles with cancer.

The Shelley A. Marshall Foundation had its beginnings on Sept. 15, the day after authorities confirmed Shelley had died in the Pentagon. On that day, a grief counselor told Marshall four words that changed the direction of his life: "Give your sorrow meaning."

Within days he established the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation, placing Shelley's retirement savings and donations of well-wishers in an irrevocable trust to fund activities that mirror her interests: children's story hours at public libraries, creative writing contests at colleges and high schools, and tea parties at nursing homes. The Foundation's activities are centered in the Washington, D.C., area where Shelley grew up -- as well as Morgantown; the activities in Morgantown provide Marshall a means of giving something back to the community that had became Shelley's second hometown.

For more information on the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation and its activities, please visit its Web site at www.shelleyfoundation.org.
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