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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Shelley A. Marshall Foundation
P.O. Box 521
Marbury, MD 20658
Contact: Donn Marshall
Day Phone: 703.231.3607
Evening Phone: 301.753.8625

Pentagon Hero's Foundation Sponsors Storytelling Series
Washington D.C. - On Wednesday, March 27th, at 7:30 p.m., the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation will sponsor a free family story hour at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Avenue East, in Vienna, Virginia. "Songs and Stories of the British Isles" will be presented by storyteller Charlotte Smutko and musician Richard Senerchia. Smutko is a member of Voices in the Glen, a local group of performing and teaching storytellers, and has been performing her stories for more than 15 years. Senerchia, a composer and music teacher who lives in Washington, D.C., uses his musical gifts to set the scene for Smutko's tales, and even sings a sea ballad or two or his own. To register for Wednesday's program call (703) 938-0405.

"Songs and Stories of the British Isles," is the first program in a monthly Storytelling Concert Series the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation will fund through a gift to the Fairfax County Public Library Foundation, Inc. The Shelley A. Marshall Foundation had its beginnings on September 15th, the day after authorities confirmed that Shelley Marshall had perished in the Pentagon. On that day, a grief counselor told Shelley's husband, Donn Marshall, four words that changed the direction of his life: "Give your sorrow meaning." Within days he established the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation, investing Shelley's entire retirement savings in an irrevocable trust to finance activities which mirrored his wife's interests. With the money from Shelley's retirement savings, and donations from friends, family, and well-wishers, the Foundation is endowing creative writing contests at colleges and high schools, hosting quarterly tea parties at nursing homes, and funding story hours at public libraries.

"Shelley loved to read to our children," says Marshall. "Even after an hour's commute, cooking dinner, and getting the kids ready for bed, she made time to read to them." Marshall believes the storytelling hours may be the most important contribution the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation will make to the community. "To Shelley, telling a story to children was about the spark that she saw in their eyes… a spark of imagination, curiosity, and creativity yet to be unleashed… a spark that can ultimately change a life and change the world."

The Storytelling Concert Series continues at the Patrick Henry Library in April when storyteller and musician extraordinaire Tom Stamp performs folk tales, songs, and literary stories at 7:30 p.m. on April 24th. For more information on this and other Shelley A. Marshall Foundation-sponsored activities visit www.shelleysfoundation.org, or call (703) 231-3607

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