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Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley booked as keynote for Pa. Chamber dinner

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The only debate of Pennsylvania's 2018 gubernatorial campaign took place in Derry Township at the annual dinner of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.
The only debate of Pennsylvania's 2018 gubernatorial campaign took place in Derry Township at the annual dinner of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. - (Photo / )

Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and governor of South Carolina, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's annual chamber dinner this fall.

The state chamber event, which is in its 35th year, has drawn many big-name politicians, political strategists and celebrities to Central Pennsylvania over the years, including President George W. Bush, political strategist Karl Rove and former football star Michael Strahan.

Haley, who served as ambassador until resigning in October, will headline the event on Sept. 23 at the Hershey Lodge.

Last year's event served as the only gubernatorial debate between Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican challenger Scott Wagner. The event attracted about 1,600 people.

The chamber said Haley will provide keynote remarks and participate in a question-and-answer session with chamber President and CEO Gene Barr.

"The PA Chamber is honored to host Ambassador Nikki Haley at the annual dinner this year,” Barr said in a statement. "Her service in the South Carolina House of Representatives; as the first female Indian-American governor in the United States; and most recently as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations demonstrates an unwavering commitment to public service and an unparalleled understanding of the issues we face at the state, national and international levels. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear from such a well-respected leader."

ABC27 news anchor Dennis Owens will emcee the event for the 12th consecutive year.

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