State Chamber Honors Peter Morrow with Gilman Award

Peter Gilman, Martha Gilman, Peter Morrow, Linda Morrow, Brett Smith and Rich Heffron

Longtime philanthropic executive Peter Morrow was recognized by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday for his leadership in support of local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Morrow, president of the Welfare Foundation and past president of the Longwood Foundation, received the Marvin S. Gilman Bowl at the Chamber’s annual Superstars in Business awards luncheon.  During his time at the helm of the two foundations, Morrow oversaw approximately $1 billion in contributions to various charities and causes.

The award was kept secret from Morrow, a member of the Chamber Board of Governors, until the presentation.  Accepting the commendation alongside his wife, Linda, Morrow remarked on his surprise and lack of prepared comments for the occasion.


“So I’ll just say that I’ve had a lifetime of good experiences. It’s been a great run, I’ve got so many friends in this group out here – they’ve all been so very helpful to me,” said Morrow.  “This is a great surprise.”

The Gilman Bowl is named in memory of Marvin S. Gilman, a pillar of the Delaware business community.

Morrow’s involvement includes working with organizations including Christiana Care, West End Neighborhood House, Children & Families First, and Food Bank of DE. The Community Services Building, Beebe Medical, La Red Health Center, the Riverfront Development Corporation and the Wilmington Housing Partnership.

Morrow is a Delaware native and a graduate of Wilmington Friends School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid tennis enthusiast, he’s a member of the Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame, and a national platform tennis champion.

The Chamber event, held at the Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom, also honored eight outstanding companies as Superstars in Business and Award of Excellence winners. The winners can be viewed at www.dscc.com/superstarsinbusiness.  The program included video tributes to the Superstars in Business award winners, as well as keynote remarks by Ben du Pont, CEO and co-founder of Zip Code Wilmington.

Photo credit Dick Dubroff/Final Focus Photography

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