State Chamber dinner postponed until early April over Covid concerns


The 185th Annual Dinner of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce has been moved from Jan. 10 to April 4.

“It is our priority to put our members’ safety first and we believe we must do our part to help lessen the burden on our health care workers. For these reasons, we have made the decision to postpone the 18th Annual Dinner,” said Michael Quaranta, president.

Delaware has seen the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, with a record number of daily cases reported in recent days.

Dr. Kathleen Shelton, vice president, and chief technology officer of FMC Corporation, is this year’s keynote speaker. FMC is dedicated exclusively to crop protection chemistry and its delivery.

Shelton leads an R&D organization of nearly 800 scientists worldwide, with laboratories in India, Brazil, France, Denmark, and the United States. The largest site, in Newark, has more than  400 employees working in chemistry, biology, regulatory sciences, engineering, and analytical science.


The Annual Dinner is the largest of the State Chamber’s annual events, drawing over 1,000 business leaders, dignitaries, and elected officials to the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The evening’s program will include the presentation of the Josiah Marvel Cup award in honor of Josiah Marvel, who reorganized and was the first president of the modern-day State Chamber.

The State Chamber is planning an in-person annual meeting, with a mobile event app that allows virtual attendees to participate.

Registration for the 185th Annual Dinner can be found online at