The 2022 Pennsylvania Society Calendar of Events

Pennsylvania Society dinner

The Pennsylvania Society is an annual weekend retreat for Pennsylvania’s politicians and business leaders and will be held December 1-3, 2022 in New York City.

In 1899, James Barr Ferree, an historian and native Pennsylvanian living in New York City, invited 55 fellow Pennsylvanians also living in New York to join him for dinner at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel. While enjoying a meal together, they decided to form a group known initially as “The Pennsylvania Society of New York.” Their goal was to establish a society “uniting all Pennsylvanians at home and away from home in bonds of friendship and devotion to their native or adopted state” and would meet for dinner every year, same time, same place.

For more than 120 years The Pennsylvania Society has brought together Pennsylvanians from all walks of life to honor achievement, recognize greatness, and contribute to charitable causes benefitting the Commonwealth. With no affiliation to any particular political party, business or profession, The Pennsylvania Society maintains its centuries-long commitment to civility, where members celebrate service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with an abiding respect for one another.

The main event of the weekend is the “Pennsylvania Society Dinner,” which is sponsored by “The Pennsylvania Society,” a nonprofit corporation. In recent years the receptions hosted by lobbyists, political committees, and corporations have taken on increased importance.

It has drawn criticism in some circles because of its image as a stereotypical “smoke-filled room” where lobby groups gain access to government officials. Other observers criticize the retreat for being held in New York City instead of within Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh’s Broadhurst family, owners of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, will receive The Pennsylvania Society’s 2022 Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement at the Society’s Annual Dinner on December 3.

The Society’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement was founded in 1908 and is presented annually to a prominent person, or persons, in recognition of leadership, citizenship and contributions to the arts, science, education and industry. In addition to the honor itself, The Pennsylvania Society contributes to a Pennsylvania charity chosen by the recipient of the Gold Medal, subject only to the approval of the Society Council. The Broadhurst family’s charity will be announced at the Annual Dinner.

Here are the events happening this weekend at the 124th annual gathering. If we omitted any events, please send the details to steve@politicspa.com.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Welcome Aboard Brunch
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Garces Trading Company
2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
*RSVP Required*

Christine Toretti Reception
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Club Macanudo, 26 E. 63rd Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*



Friday, December 2, 2022

PA Bipartisan House and Senate Leaders Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, Nassau Suite, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

PA GOP Commonwealth Club Luncheon
General reception begins at 12:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

PA Skill Cocktail Reception to honor LaVar Arrington’s College Football Hall of Fame Induction.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Connolly’s Pub, 14 East 47th Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

​ColdSpark Reception
2:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.
Niall’s on 52nd, 218 E. 52nd Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

The Pennsylvania Society Reception at the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria
3:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.
305 Park Avenue
*Members Only. RSVP Required.*

Hon. Charlie Dent and Jim Greenwood of DLA Piper, Greg Deavens of Independence Blue Cross, and Chris Franklin of Essential Utilities for a bipartisan Cocktail Reception
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel, 145 E. 50th Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Consulate General of Ireland Reception
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Consulate General of Ireland Offices, 345 Park Avenue
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*​

K&L Gates Reception
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
K&L Gates Offices, 599 Lexington Avenue
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Bellevue Strategies Milliron Goodman Reception Honoring PA Democratic House Leader Joanna McClinton
4:00 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, Murray Hill Room, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Washington County Chamber of Commerce PA Society Energy Capital Reception
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Herb N’ Kitchen
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave
*Invitation Only*

U.S. Senator Bob Casey Reception
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Long Room, 120 West 44th Street
*Invitation Only*

Canada Celebrates Pennsylvania in partnership with PA Chamber for Black Owned Businesses
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Consulate General of Canada in New York
466 Lexington Avenue (20th Floor)
*Invitation Only. RSVP Requested*

¡Juntos! The Latin Reception of PA Society
5:30 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave, 4th Floor
*Invitation Only*​

Annual Cocktail Reception for the Northern Delegation to the PA Society 
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park S
*Invitation Only, RSVP Required*

The Future of Cities Reception
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Club Macanudo, 26 E. 63rd Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Duane Morris LLP & Duane Morris Government Strategies
10:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.
Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Center, 65th Floor
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*



Saturday, December 3, 2022

PNC Breakfast
7:30 a.m.– 9:30 a.m.
New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South
*RSVP Required. Invitation Only*

Leaders of Faith 4th Annual Pennsylvania Society Prayer Breakfast
8:00 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.
Jam’s NYC, 1414 6th Avenue
*RSVP Required*

University of Pennsylvania Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Penn Club of New York, 30 West 44th Street
*Invitation only. RSVP Required*

Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Annual Seminar and Luncheon
9:00 a.m.
The Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street
*Invitation only. RSVP Required*

Saul Ewing 2022 PA Society Reception
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mastro’s Restaurant, 1285 Sixth Avenue
*Invitation only. RSVP Required*

Hon. G.T. Thompson Reception
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street
RSVP

The League of 1789 10th Annual Reception, presented by Coca-Cola, honoring Pennsylvania State Minority Leader, Joanna McClinton
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel, 145 E. 50th Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Honoring the Leadership of Women in Pennsylvania Politics
hosted by Entresol Strategies
La Grand Bucherie, 145 W. 53rd Street
*Invitation only. RSVP Required*

Anheuser-Busch & Wojdak Government Relations Reception
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Connolly’s Pub, 14 East 47th Street
*Invitation Only*

AICUP Reception
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel, 811 7th Avenue, W 53rd Street
*Invitation Only*

Erie Reception
Hosted by Tim & Lisa NeCastro together with Tom Hagen & Roger Richards
5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Rendezvous Trianon Room, 3rd Floor
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

124th Annual Dinner of the Pennsylvania Society
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave
Welcome Reception – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner – 7:00 p.m.
Dessert Reception – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets Required; Dress Is Black Tie

Attorney Charles J. Volpe and Excalibur/H.A.R.I.E. Insurance Company
Featuring the Joel Young Band from Hank Lane Music
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Rendezvous & Petite Trianon Room, Third Floor
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave
*Invitation Only*

The Energy Association of Pennsylvania’s Premier Party
Featuring the Joel Young Band from Hank Lane Music
9:30 p.m. (Immediately following the Pennsylvania Society Dinner)
Beekman-Sutton North & Center Room, Second Floor
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave
*Invitation Only*

4 Responses

  1. Seems to be a lot more receptions than in previous years and more “by invitation only” and more RSVP’s. No more “come as you are”! Good update. Thanks.

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