In 1920, The Women's Club of Trinity Church established The Christmas Shop as a fundraising event to benefit the Wilmington community. The first of its kind, our event has served as a model for similar shops throughout the country. Just since 1999, The Christmas Shop Foundation has donated more than $1,000,000 to 130 charitable organizations in Delaware.

The Christmas Shop was originally held in the showroom of the Wilmington Auto Company, now the Nemours Building. In 1924, the event moved to the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel du Pont, and in 1983, to the DuPont Country Club. The Christmas Shop was incorporated in 1952. In 1983, we became a community organization independent of Trinity Church, and a formal grant program was adopted in 1986.

In 2003, in order to heighten community awareness of our fundraising efforts, our organization was re-named The Christmas Shop Foundation, and a formal mission statement was adopted. The Perfect Gift was introduced as the name of our premier fundraising event.

As The Christmas Shop Foundation celebrates over 90 years, it has never faltered from its place as a viable organization in the community, and it continues its commitment to enriching lives and helping people in need throughout the state.

The Christmas Shop Foundation is an independent volunteer organization committed to improving the Delaware community by raising funds for a variety of non-profit programs that enrich lives and help people in need.


Board of Trustees


Pam Biddle*
Nancy Buker
Marian Cottrell 
Kim Davis
Barb Dewson*

Candy DiSabatino 
Jane Gibson 
Paula Grant 
Susan Kelley
Kristy Mottola 

Cynthia Pritchard
Zig Shields
Katie Skrobot  
Vicki Winton 


* Co-Chairmen

Committee Members


Marie Abernathy
Phyllis Aerenson
Koleen Aulen
Peggy Babiarz
Liz Baldwin
Chris Barker duPont
Toni Battaglia
Carol Beane
Heather Bidgood
Suzanne Bigler
Melissa Bilek
Sally Bittel Thomas
Alison Brokaw
Roseanne Brown
Anita Bucknum
Wendy Bunch
Amanda Calabro
Linda Caulkins
Mary Jo Chandler
Mary Christopher
Marcia Cloud
Joan Connolly
Stephanie Cory Gorris
Lee Davis
Lisa Davis
Christina DeVoll
Tina DiSabatino
Chris Doordan
Debbi Ellis
Lisa Epifano
Mary Fay

Mary Jo Fidance
June Francella
Lisa Frankel
Amanda Friz
Joan Gee
Sue Green
Winkie Gummey
Ellie Hannum
Michelle Hannum
Amanda Hay
Jinni Hayes
Dee Henderson
Connie Henke
Jennifer Hopkins
Su Horty
Ann Huffman
Carol Hunt
Alice Ivy
Maria Jogani
Brenda Krammes
Andy, Karly, Kristin Laughlin
Jennifer Lee
Christina Lennick
Ann Liarakos
Jen Luckangelo
Karen Marenco
Marie Mackay
Debbie Miller
Eliza Morton
Amy Mottola

Carolyn Murphy
Kristin Muzik
Christine Okoniewski
Judy Orth
Nancy Pinson
Debbie Pittenger
Susan Rickert
Ellen Riley
Louise Roselle
Pat Roszkowski
Anne Scott
Jenny Sears
Jo Ann Sears
Ellen Semple
Caroll Shannon
Kelly Silliman
Mimi Sparks
Patrice Sysko
Marina Tarlov
Emily Tepe
Tara Tullier
Janice VanSant
Missy Veghte
Patsy Walls
Mary Warren
Gaylene Webster
Amanda Welshmer
Lynn Weymouth
Cindy Wright
Cathy Ziccarelli