UNION – Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to attend the Governors’ Ball at Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University tonight, April 29. Christie will serve as Honorary Chairman of the event, with a number of New Jersey’s former governors also expected to attend. The Governors’ Ball will mark Christie’s first visit to Liberty Hall Museum, the former home of New Jersey’s first elected governor, William Livingston, and six successive generations of the prominent Livingston and Kean families.
Christie last visited Kean University in July 2011, where he commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of New Jersey’s Sister State Agreement with China’s Zhejiang Province with a celebratory luncheon attended by Zhejiang Party Secretary Zhao Hongzhu. The Governor’s luncheon and subsequent discussions with Secretary Zhao have widely been credited as instrumental in fast-tracking the University’s dreams of opening a campus in Wenzhou, located in Zhejiang Province. In March of 2012 – six years after Kean first announced its intention to open a campus in China – Chinese and University officials broke ground on Wenzhou-Kean University, which anticipates an enrollment of 5,000 full-time students by fall 2016. To date, Kean is one of only a handful of American universities to be granted permission to construct a campus on Chinese soil.
Billed as an elegant evening of dinner and dancing under the stars, the Governors’ Ball is the first major fundraising event of a larger campaign to benefit the preservation and sustainability of Liberty Hall Museum, which encompasses 23 acres of manicured grounds, and houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Ball will take place in Liberty Hall’s fabled English gardens, and feature music by a grand orchestra. Celebrating “the best of New Jersey” and highlighting the unique creativity and talents of residents of the Garden State, organizers of the Ball have pledged to exclusively employ in-state vendors for the planning and production of the event, with ingredients for the much-anticipated dinner menu sourced from area farms, including Liberty Hall. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Tony Allen Band.
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