By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
It’s that time of year again – Pa. politicos have their sights set on the Big Apple for the 113th Pennsylvania Society festivities. Here is your one-stop shop for the marathon of 45+ receptions, dinners, cocktail gatherings and open bar events.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
IUP President’s Holiday Reception
Waldorf Marco Polo Lounge (Cash bar)
Holiday Cocktails: Christine J. Toretti
Club Macanudo, 26 East 63rd Street
This party is one of the weekend’s must-attends for a decade, and the place to be for Republicans. It’s also very exclusive, so don’t show up without an invitation in hand.
PA House Republican Leadership Event
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Pig ‘N’ Whistle
951 Second Ave., 2nd Floor (Btwn. 50th & 51st)
Friday, December 9
Women of Destiny: The Trailblazers
Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania Annual Commonwealth Club Luncheon
Special Guest: Governor-elect Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor
11:30 am: VIP reception & photo opportunity
11:30 am: Reception
12:30 pm: Luncheon
The Plaza Hotel
58th Street and Fifth Avenue
Blank Rome LLP Government Relations Briefing: A Look Ahead
12:00 – 2:00pm; Lunch will be served
The Chrysler Building, 24th Floor Boardroom
405 Lexington Avenue
RBC Capital Markets
12:30 – 3:30pm
The Grand Havana Room
666 Fifth Ave., 39th FL
This event will immediately follow the Pa. GOP State Committee fundraiser at the same hotel and will be the first prime-time event of the crowded primary. Moderated by PBC President and CEO David W. Patti, the forum will feature questioners Tom Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jim O’Toole of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Colby Itkowitz of the Allentown Morning Call.
Tim Burns, Dave Christian, Laureen Cummings, Sam Rohrer, Marc Scaringi, and Steven Welch have confirmed they will attend. Tom Smith will not attend.
Reception with Leech Tishman and the Pittsburgh Tech. Council
2:00 – 6:00pm
NASDAQ MarketSite Complex, 4 Times Square (Corner of 43rd and Broadway)
The Metropolitan Caucus
With McCormick Taylor, Barclays Capi Ind. Blue Cross, DrinkerBiddle, Aqua, & The PFM Group
2:30 – 4:30pm
The Waldorf -Astoria, Jade Room, 3rd Floor
Broadband Cable Association of Pa Kickoff Reception
Tonic, 727 7th Ave (Btw 48th and 49th)
Forum for a Better Pennsylvania, Wachovia
3:30 – 5:00pm
The Waldorf -Astoria, Conrad Salon, 4th Floor
The Genevieve Society Reception
4:00 – 6:00pm
The Waldorf-Astoria, Metropolitan Suite, 18th Floor
Cocktail Reception with Auditor General Jack Wagner
4:00 – 6:00pm
The Waldorf-Astoria, Cocktail Terrace, Park Avenue Lobby
Gleason Family Cocktail Reception
4:00 – 6:00pm
The Penn Club of New York
30 West 44th Street
Reception with Senator Dominic Pileggi
5:00 – 7:00pm
The Waldorf -Astoria, Vanderbilt Room
After the surprising news that Pileggi is considering a bid for U.S. Senate, expect this event to exceed its typical turnout of 300 (Rs and Ds).
Bill Shuster Cocktail Reception
5:00 – 7:00PM
The Benjamin, 2nd Floor
125 E. 50th St. (Between Lexington and 3rd Ave)
Cost: 1,000 per PAC/$500 per individual
Cocktails with Waste Management Eastern Group
5:00 – 7:00pm
The Waldorf-Astoria, Park Avenue Suite, Fourth Floor
Michael Clark & Surmont L.L.C.
5:00 – 7:00pm
The Waldorf Towers, The Cole Porter Suite – Suite 33A
R.S.V.P. by December 6th
Children’s Champion Reception
Hosted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Waldorf-Astoria, Starlight Roof, 18th Floor
6:15 awards to Congressman Chaka Fattah and State Rep. Katherine Watson
This is typically one of the weekend’s most fun events and definitely worth stopping by. More than anything else this weekend, this one is for a good cause.
Reception with Pat Toomey, Dan DiLella & Gary Silvi
5:30 – 7:00PM
Barbizon 63, 140 E. 63rd St.
$1,000 Individual; $5,000 Co-Host
Arent Fox: A Night on Broadway
Cocktails and Conversation Honoring the members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation
6:00 – 8:00pm
The offices of Arent Fox LLP
1675 Broadway, 34th Floor
Cozen O’Connor Holiday Reception
6:00 – 8:30 pm
21 Club – 21 52nd Street (Btw 5th and 6th)
7:00 – 9:00pm
Hotel InterContinental, Astor and Whitney Rooms (Lobby Level)
111 E. 48th St
Must present invitation for entry
Senator Vincent Hughes Reception
The Alvin Ailey Dance Studios
405 W 55th St (at 9th Ave)
Stevens & Lee Cocktails and Dinner
James M. White, Host
Four Seasons Hotel, 57 E. 57th Street
7:00 Cocktails, 8:30 Dinner
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Waldorf Astoria, Sir Harry’s Bar
This will be one of the cozier and more casual events of the night directly preceding Governor Mifflin Society upstairs. Look for your Harrisburg friends.
IBEW Local Union 98 Party featuring Jerry Blavat
9:30 p.m.—12:30 a.m.
The Waldorf-Astoria, Hilton Room
This is typically one of the weekend’s biggest – and most fun – events. Expect big band music, good times, and a whole lot of Pa. and Philly politicos.
Duane Morris, LLP and Duane Morris Government Affairs, LLC, Reception
10:00 pm – 12:00am
21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
Governor Mifflin Society/PoliticsPA Reception
Hosts: American Continental Group, Liberty Square Group, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy, McNees Wallace & Nurick LL, Command Strategies, LLC, Norfolk Southern, Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP
10:00 p.m.—1:00 a.m.
The Waldorf-Astoria, Louis XVI Suite
This is the must-attend party of the weekend. Anyone who’s anyone will be there – including Sy Snyder himself.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
PNC Breakfast Reception
The Waldorf-Astoria, Skylight Roof
UPenn Breakfast hosted by President Amy Gutmann
The Penn Club, 30 West 44th Street (Btw 5th and 6th)
Annual Seminar and Luncheon: PMA and Wells Fargo
9:00 a.m. Seminar begins, lunch follows
The Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street
Frederick W. Anton, President & CEO- PMA, and Hugh Long, Regional President, Pennsylvania/Delaware: Dr. Terry Madonna, Moderator
Looking for a scoop? The PMA luncheon is the weekend’s top gossip exchange. After the marathon of events Friday night, the people who make it to this luncheon have all the political intel.
Shop before the store opens, and help contribute to a good cause. Event takes place at Café SFA on the 8th floor next to the Women’s Shoe Department (Enter through doors on 50th Street)
9:00 – 10:00am
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 5th Ave at 50th St. New York, NY
Open to Pa. Society attendees
Bravo Group Reception
21 E 47th St (Btw Madison and 5th)
League of 1789 Event
B. Smith’s Restaurant
320 W 46th St (Btw 8th and 9th)
Casey will get back to his Irish roots at one of Manhattan’s best Steelers bars. Be on the lookout for Democratic and Republican politicos.
2:00 – 4:00
150 E. 50th St., (Btw. Lexington and 3rd Ave.)
Wojdak and Associates Anheuser Busch Happy Hour
14 E. 47th St. (Btw Madison Ave and 5th)
AICUP – Private Colleges and Universities Reception
3:30 – 5:30 pm
The Waldorf-Astoria, Astor Salon
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Cocktail Reception
The Waldorf-Astoria, Starlight Roof, 18th floor
Thomas Hagen and Roger Richards Reception
The Waldorf-Astoria Towers, Suite 37A
The Pennsylvania Society 113th Annual Dinner
6:00 p.m. Reception—East Foyer
7:00 p.m. Dinner—Grand Ballroom
Gold Medalist: Guion S. Bluford, Jr.
By Invitation: Members: $350; Non-members: $400
This is the keystone event of the Pa. Society – the reason we’re all heading to NYC to begin with.
4th annual Bolshevik Dinner
Can’t afford the Annual Dinner? Check out this rebellious option a few blocks around the corner.
Premier Party, hosted by the Energy Association:
In Harmony, following the Society dinner (~9:30pm – 1:00am)
The Waldorf-Astoria, Marco Polo Room
Marcellus Shale Coalition Reception
9:00pm – 1:00am
The W New York
541 Lexington Avenue near 49th Street
Look for lots of administration officials this year at an event that will continue to grow.
Dilworth Paxson After Dinner Reception
Conrad Suite, Fourth Floor
Saul Ewing LLP After Dinner Reception
9:45pm – 11:45pm
Duke of Windsor Suite, Fourth Floor
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Temple University and Wells Fargo
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Waldorf-Astoria Starlight