Mission: First Night® Morris County, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, seeks to foster the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through an innovative, diverse, and high-quality New Year’s Eve program which offers the community a shared cultural experience that is accessible and affordable to all with Year Round Community Development Thru FNM365.

What is First Night? First Night® Morris County began in 1992 and is now the LARGEST First Night® in New Jersey, attracting nearly 10,000 participants each year. An alcohol-free and substance-free celebration of arts and culture, First Night® Morris County attracts families, seniors, singles and anyone looking for an exciting way to ring in the New Year!

What Is FNM365®? FNM365 is a Year-Round Community Development Program, dedicated to bringing the community together, not only for New Year’s Eve but all 365 days of the year. The FNM365® motto is “Together We Can.”FNM365® in conjunction with First Night Morris County Partners, Supporters, Volunteers, Patrons, and Community Members provide the following programs: Advisory Board, Artist Entrepreneurship, Button Donation, Community Reinvestment Program (CRP), Economic Empowerment and Literacy Initiative.

Program: First Night® Morris County features more than 100 artists with 40 plus performances at 16 venues throughout Morristown ranging from dance and comedy to music and children’s performers. The event has showcased rock and roll, classical, blues, jazz, opera, choral music, and so much more. Attendees return year after year to see their favorite performers and new artists for the first time. Artistic programming is made possible by Morris Arts.

With the Dazzling Light Up The Light show at 9:15pm and a Midnight Countdown to Welcome in the New Year at Midnight.

Where is First Night? First Night® performances take place in venues within walking distance of the Morristown Green, including Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown High School, county administration buildings, and numerous places of worship in the immediate area. The evening continues regardless of the weather. Free parking is provided at select locations, and complimentary shuttle service runs all evening.

Who Organizes First Night? First Night® Morris County is run by a volunteer Board of Trustees and 6 Committees. Board and/or Committee Members come from a variety of backgrounds and work year-round to support the mission of First Night® Morris County.

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is comprised of a diverse group of dedicated community members who share insights and feedback regarding First Night Morris County and oversee our year-round initiative, FNM365. These individuals meet 2 times a year to help shape the First Night experience.

If you are interested in joining our Advisory Board, please contact us for more information about this rewarding experience!

Michael Schmidt
Advisory Board Co-Chair & Former Chair, First Night Morris County

Walter Deutsch
Chair, First Night Morris County

Jocelyn Cornine
Board Liaison

Pam Fischer
Former Chair, First Night Morris County

Timothy P. Dougherty
Mayor, Town of Morristown

Ryan Marowitz
MGR Computers

P.J. Thurkauf
The UPS Store of Morristown & Morristown Rotary Club

Michael Dundon
Mayo Performing Arts Center

Kevin Coughlin
MorristownGreen.com

Officer Cousins
Morristown Police Department

Mark Spaldo
Boy Scouts of America

Thomas Woodard
Atlantic Healthcare

Michael Giacobello
Investors Bank

Chad Leinaweaver
Morristown Library

Ravi Badge
CMIT Solutions

Vincent E. Pungello, Jr.
Pungello CPA LLC

Len Garza
Sandelands Eyet LLP

Geoffrey Dietzel
Brunswick Financial Group, LLC

Gina Marie Mattei
Revelation Creative

Philip Hartman
Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic

Denise Schmidt
County College of Morris

Dan Della Paolera
First Night Morris County, Former Chair

Jackie Catania
Portofino’s Restaurant

Peter Brillon
Morris County School of Technology

Larry Richards
BEX

Michael Galkin
VoiceNEXT

Amando Hernandez
Hyatt Regency Morristown

Holly Spier
Hyatt Regency Morristown

Mary Adelman
New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) of Northwest Jersey

Robert Tobias
Tour Masters Productions

Manal Abeskaron
Peapack-Gladstone Bank

Brandi Marks
Full House Events

Craig Schlosser
Advisory Board Co-Chair, First Night Morris County