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The Full 2011 PA Society List of Events

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
By Invitation

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
Networking Brunch
10:00 am
The Waldorf-Astoria
By Invitation

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
RSVP here.

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
By Invitation

RBC Capital Markets
12:30 – 3:30pm
The Grand Havana Room
666 Fifth Ave., 39th FL

GOP Senate Debate
Plaza Hotel, Champagne Suite
5th Ave. & Central Park South
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Business Council’s Education Foundation.
RSVP here.

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
By Invitation

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
By Invitation

The Genevieve Society Reception
4:00 – 6:00pm
The Waldorf-Astoria, Metropolitan Suite, 18th Floor
By Invitation

Cocktail Reception with Auditor General Jack Wagner
4:00 – 6:00pm
The Waldorf-Astoria, Cocktail Terrace, Park Avenue Lobby
By Invitation

Gleason Family Cocktail Reception
4:00 – 6:00pm
The Penn Club of New York
30 West 44th Street
By Invitation

Reception with Senator Dominic Pileggi
5:00 – 7:00pm
The Waldorf -Astoria, Vanderbilt Room
By Invitation

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
By Invitation

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
By Invitation

Children’s Champion Reception
Hosted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Waldorf-Astoria, Starlight Roof, 18th Floor
5:30 -7:30pm
6:15 awards to Congressman Chaka Fattah and State Rep. Katherine Watson
By Invitation

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
RSVP Requested

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
By Invitation

Cozen O’Connor Holiday Reception
6:00 – 8:30 pm
21 Club – 21 52nd Street (Btw 5th and 6th)
By Invitation

BlankRome Reception
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
By Invitation

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
9:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Waldorf Astoria, Sir Harry’s Bar
By Invitation

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)
By Invitation

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
By Invitation

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
7:30—9:30 a.m.
The Waldorf-Astoria, Skylight Roof
By Invitation

UPenn Breakfast hosted by President Amy Gutmann
8:30—10:30 a.m.
The Penn Club, 30 West 44th Street (Btw 5th and 6th)
By Invitation

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
By Invitation

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.

United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation Exclusive Saks Fifth Avenue Event
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
Maggie’s Place
21 E 47th St (Btw Madison and 5th)

League of 1789 Event
B. Smith’s Restaurant
320 W 46th St (Btw 8th and 9th)

Bob Casey Fundraiser
The Irish Exit – 978 2nd Ave (at 52nd St)
RSVP Encouraged

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.

Reception with Congressman Charlie Dent, Sen. Pat Browne, Sen. Bob Mensch., Rep. Gary Day, Rep. Julie Harhart, Rep. Joe Emrick., Rep. Justin Simmons, Rep. Marcia Hahn., Rep Marcy Toepel
2:00 – 4:00
150 E. 50th St., (Btw. Lexington and 3rd Ave.)
By Invitation

Wojdak and Associates Anheuser Busch Happy Hour
Connolly’s Bar
14 E. 47th St. (Btw Madison Ave and 5th)
By Invitation

AICUP – Private Colleges and Universities Reception
3:30 – 5:30 pm
The Waldorf-Astoria, Astor Salon
By Invitation

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Cocktail Reception
4:00-6:30 p.m.
The Waldorf-Astoria, Starlight Roof, 18th floor
By Invitation

Thomas Hagen and Roger Richards Reception
5:00—6:30 p.m.
The Waldorf-Astoria Towers, Suite 37A
By Invitation

The Pennsylvania Society 113th Annual Dinner
The Waldorf-Astoria
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
RSVP requested

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
By Invitation

Marcellus Shale Coalition Reception
9:00pm – 1:00am
The W New York
541 Lexington Avenue near 49th Street
By Invitation

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
The Waldorf-Astoria
By Invitation

Saul Ewing LLP After Dinner Reception
9:45pm – 11:45pm
Duke of Windsor Suite, Fourth Floor
The Waldorf-Astoria
By Invitation

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Brunch
Temple University and Wells Fargo
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Waldorf-Astoria Starlight
By Invitation

6 Responses

  1. So, why in these economic and unemployment times are Pa Congressional and State leadership celebrating the Pa Society event in New York and not PENNSYLVANIA ?

  2. There is buzz over one of the newer receptions. Apparently a bunch New York and Philadelphia politicos have teamed up to have players come to swank restaurant B. Smiths and network. The New York folks have figured out that Pa. Society is not a backwater thing, and the Philly folks have started talking to New York money and power brokers. The young Society goers are upping their game so it seems.

  3. East meets west and north meets south. Both parties scratch each others backs. More proof there is little difference between the parties.

  4. I’m too poor and destitute to go to PA “Society”. So’s most everybody else in these hard times.

  5. Congratulations to Pa. Society in honoring a Great American Hero in Guion Bludford. The message is that education and hard work can sometimes literally take you to the stars. No excuses.

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