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Opera at Florham --Snowball-- January 27th

NJ C of C President Joan Verplanck Honored

Madison, NJ - January 18, 2001 -- Joan Verplanck, president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, will be honored by Opera at Florham at a "SnowBall" on Saturday, January 27, at the Hamilton Park Conference Center, Florham Park.

The 89-year-old Trenton-based business advocacy organization elected Verplanck as its first female president in 1995. She represents the business community on a wide range of critical issues, most notably in the transportation and education areas.

Her vision was instrumental in the 1996 creation of the State Chamber Education Foundation, which was established to implement programs and policies that define and support the business community’s agenda in education reform and workforce development.

In May, 1999, she was chosen to head the Newark International Airport Partnership, a group leading the fight for the expansion and upgrade of the state’s largest airport.

In August 2000, Verplanck was selected by the Star-Ledger as one of the State’s ten most powerful women in business. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Lewis R. Applegate Outstanding Business Leader Award by the New Jersey Society for Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED), the Barbara Bogs Sigmund Award for Women of Vision (WPC), the Virginia Apgar Award (March of Dimes), and the Fashion and Retail Tribute to Women Award (Boy Scouts of America).

Prior to accepting her position with the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Verplanck spent eight years as the first female president of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.

The SnowBall features a social hour beginning at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing to the music of the Lou Gordon Quintet. Also performing are pianist Christopher Johnson, who recently played at the Lincoln Memorial pre-inaugural ceremonies, and bass-baritone Marc Embree. In June, Embree and his wife, soprano Jane Bunnell, will be featured in the company’s production of "I Do, I Do."

The SnowBall benefits Opera at Florham, a professional opera company in residence on the Madison campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. It offers opera cabarets from October through May; sponsors the Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition each year, and concludes its season with a fully staged opera production. The company will conclude its18th season with two performances of Verdi’s "La Traviata" in June.

For "SnowBall" reservations or information on Opera at Florham programs, call 973-443-8620.
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