Great Conversations on May 2nd, save the date

In marking its 40th Anniversary, Morris Arts (formerly the Arts Council of the Morris Area) dedicates the 5th edition of its unique benefit, Great Conversations, to William Keefauver, longtime benefactor whose late wife, Barbara, helped found the organization.  On May 2, 2013, Great Conversations begins with a 6pm reception followed by a 7:30pm dinner at the Madison Hotel, 1 Convent Rd., Morristown where guests will have the rare opportunity to meet and talk face-to-face with leaders from the worlds of the arts, education, politics, entertainment, nonprofits, business, medicine, sports, journalism, and more.  This is a night to enjoy the pleasures of real conversation and to do so with fascinating and highly accomplished people.


L-R: Dr. David Robinson, NJ State Climatologist and award-winning Rutgers Professor of Geography; Music Director/Conductor of the Westfield Symphony, David Wroe; Wynne Whitman, Author of Shacking Up; the Smart Girl’s Guide to Living in Sin and Counsel, Schenk Price Smith & King, LLP; Anthony C. Weagley, President & CEO, Union Center National Bank; Alexander Bol, President & Founder, Bol Architecture.

Converse over cocktails with renowned individuals such as an Emmy award-winning TV news anchor, the New Jersey State climatologist, a former New York Giants quarterback, the President/CEO of the National 9/11 Memorial, a prizewinning chef, a symphony conductor or a host of similarly accomplished and fascinating people. Then, enjoy dinner and the delights of more in-depth conversation with your table host.  Learn about their work, their thoughts on the world, their insights into their fields, and the experiences that shaped their lives. How did they get to where they are now? What lessons can they impart? This is an evening to exchange ideas and savor the pleasures of live encounters.  You may be surprised by what you discover!


L-R: Joseph Daniels, President & CEO, National 9/11 Memorial and Museum; Tim Smith- Founder, The Comprehensive Group, CFP, Founder, Government Efficiency Movement (GEM) and Founder, RoxPAC; Scott Brunner, former NY Giants quarterback and Exec. VP/Partner, Networth Managment; Food stylist Diane Vezza; Frank Pollaro, President & CEO, Pollaro Custom Furniture, Inc..

Our host conversationalists this year include the following distinguished individuals:

Ernie Anastos – Emmy Award-winning Fox News anchor; host of Positively Ernie

Alexander Bol – Founder and President, Bol Architecture

Scott Brunner – Former NY Giants quarterback; Exec. VP/Partner, Net Worth Management, Inc.

Anthony Bucco – Executive Chef, The Ryland Inn

Mark Clouse – Exec.VP & President, North America, Mondelēz Global (formerly Kraft Foods)

Douglas Conant  –   Former CEO & President, Campbell Soup Co.; Founder &CEO, ConantLeadership

John F. Crowley  –  Chairman & CEO, Amicus Therapeutics; Inspiration for movie “Extraordinary Measures”

Joseph Daniels  –  President & CEO National September 11 Memorial Museum

Mark Delavan  –  Internationally recognized American Operatic Bass/Baritone

Mark Di Ionno – Author of The Last Newspaperman; prizewinning Columnist, The Star-Ledger

Gail Eisnitz – Albert Schweitzer Medalist; Author of Slaughterhouse; Humane Farming Assoc. Activist

Dan Fenelon – Artist, muralist, sculptor, graphic artist & arts mentor

Thomas M. Gartland – President, North America, Avis Budget Group

Hon. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen – Founding family, colonial America, Member of Congress, US House of Representatives

Robert C. Garrett – President & CEO Hackensack University Health Network

William Jimeno  – Port Authority Police Officer, World Trade Center Survivor

Hon. Thomas H. Kean – Former NJ Governor; Former President, Drew Univ.; Chair, 9/11 Commission

S. Dillard Kirby – President & Director, F. M. Kirby Foundation

Bart Oates – Former NY Giant, three time Superbowl champion

Jon David Peters – Owner & Executive Director, David Ellis Events

Frank Pollaro – President & CEO, Pollaro Custom Furniture, Inc.

Hon. Stewart G. Pollock – NJ Supreme Court Justice (ret); Of Counsel, Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, LLP

David A. Robinson, PhD – NJ State Climatologist; Professor, Department of Geography, Rutgers University

Paul Rotella – President, NJ Broadcasters Association

Paul Santucci – Managing Director, Head of National Sales, UBS Financial Services Inc.

Hon. Tim Smith – Founder/CEO, The Comprehensive Group; Founder, Roxbury Performing Arts Center

Diane Vezza – Food Stylist/food artist for ads, packaging, books, TV and video

Anthony C. Weagley – President & CEO, Union Center National Bank

Finn Wentworth – Former President of YankeeNets, co-founder YES Network, and partner NY Yankees

Wynne A. Whitman – Author, Shacking Up: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Living in Sin Without Getting Burned;  Counsel,
Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP

David Wroe – Music Director and Conductor, Westfield Symphony & Musica Morristown

Great Conversations also benefits the many programs and services provided by Morris Arts.  Often accomplished “behind the scenes,” Morris Arts’ work serves hundreds of thousands of people each year – with arts in education programs, arts programming in the community, grants, scholarships, advocacy, innovative community-building events and support for artists and arts organizations. These efforts are critical to enriching and improving the quality of life in the broader community.   Come and savor the art of live conversation, meet some extraordinary individuals and help a truly worthy organization give back to its community.

Morris Arts gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our sponsors: Avis Budget Group, Inc.; The Comprehensive Group; Hackensack University Medical Center; Kings Super Markets; The Madison Hotel; Makovsky Integrated Communications; MCM Wealth Management; Mondelēz International, LLC; Normandy Real Estate Partners; Pollaro Custom Furniture, Inc;  Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, LLP; Schenck, Price Smith & King, LLP;  The Star-Ledger; Union Center Bank;  and JWeber Creative.

For more information, profiles and photos of the host conversationalists or to purchase tickets ($200) online (starting March 5, 2013), visit or contact the Gina Moran, Development Director of Morris Arts at (973) 285-5115, ext. 13 or gmoran@morrisa