The Great Swamp Watershed Association will hold its 2010 Green Acres Gala on Thursday, October 14th, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Basking Ridge Country Club. The cocktail hour and silent auction will be followed by a seated dinner and keynote address by Chris Daggett, president and CEO of The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Mr. Daggett, the independent candidate for governor in 2009, served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of New Jersey from 1982-1983, Cabinet Secretary to the Governor from 1983-1984, Regional Administrator of the USEPA from 1984-1988, and Commissioner of the NJDEP from 1988-1989. After leaving public service at the end of 1989, Mr. Daggett became a managing director at William E. Simon & Sons, an investment firm in Morristown. In 1996, he started his own firm dedicated to buying, remediating and redeveloping contaminated properties, and from 2004-2010, he also served as a principal at J.M. Sorge, Inc., an environmental consulting and management firm. In 2008, then DEP Commissioner, Lisa Jackson, appointed Mr. Daggett Chairman of the NJDEP Permit Efficiency Review Task Force. Since entering the private sector in 1990, Mr. Daggett has served on numerous non-profit boards, mostly in the areas of education, the environment and land use planning.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets, donate to the silent auction or place an ad in the gala's commemorative journal should visit or contact Great Swamp Watershed Association at 973-538-3500. Net proceeds from the gala support the ongoing programs and activities of the Great Swamp Watershed Association.