Laughs, networking, and games were plentiful at the annual Jefferson Township Chamber of Commerce holiday party on Thursday, December 6. The event, which took place at Jimmy Geez North in Oak Ridge, included appetizers, entrées, dessert, music … and some charity, too.

The annual Jefferson Township Chamber of Commerce holiday party on Thursday, December 6, took place at Jimmy Geez North (sign pictured) in Oak Ridge. (Photo: April Leaver)

The approximately 40 business owners and members who attended donated bags of nonperishables to benefit the local food pantry at Star of the Sea Church. Each year, the chamber supports a local charitable organization through its holiday event.

Chamber president Bret Hartman, board member Rob DiCerbo, and treasurer Ali Lohr at Our Lady Star of the Sea food pantry in Lake Hopatcong. They delivered donations collected at the Chamber’s holiday party on December 6. (Photo courtesy of Ali Lohr)

Dr. Bret Hartman, chamber president, challenged the attendees with Lake Hopatcong trivia questions created by Marty Kane, president of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum and chair of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation board.

Chamber vice president John Tully with his posse. (Photo: April Leaver)

Those who know Kane can imagine that the trivia contest was no easy task. It started off with a simple question: “What counties encompass Lake Hopatcong?” The respondent suspected a trick question, but answered quickly with the correct reply (Morris and Sussex). However, the questions increased in difficulty, stumping even mayor-elect Eric Wilsusen on a few of them.

Each correct answer earned all guests at the player’s table an extra raffle ticket for the holiday grab bag. Prizes ranged from certificates for local businesses to gag gifts such as dollar store sunglasses. Hartman, who helped organize the event, was the butt of his own joke when he won a dollar store gag.

The evening provided an excellent opportunity to network in a festive environment with other local business owners, a few town council members, and the mayor-elect.

Business owners interested in joining the Chamber of Commerce can call 973-663-2240 or find the application form on the chamber website:

An inflatable snowman at Jimmy Geez North in Oak Ridge. (Photo: April Leaver)

Editor’s Note: Due to a technical glitch, additional photos from the event are not available to accompany this story. We apologize.

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