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The 2023 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 November 30 and December 1-2, 2023 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.

Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer and Joseph Neubauer of Philadelphia will receive The Pennsylvania Society’s 2023 Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement at the Society’s Annual Dinner on December 2, 2023 in New York City.

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 125th annual gathering. If we omitted any events, please send the details to

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Welcome Aboard Happy Hour
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Garces Trading Company, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia.

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

Friday, December 1, 2023

PA Chamber Bipartisan House and Senate Leaders Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, Mercury Ballroom, 1335 6th Avenue
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

JP Morgan Chase Breakfast
8 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
383 Madison Avenue, 43rd Floor Client Center
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

13th Anniversary Women of Destiny Breakfast
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, Nassau Room, 1335 6th Avenue
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

PA GOP Commonwealth Club Luncheon
12:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

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

Bipartisan Cocktail Reception
Hosted by Independence Blue Cross, Capital Blue Cross, AmeriHealth Caritas, Essential Utilities, DLA Piper
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel, 145 East 50th Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Rosen Law Firm Reception in Support of Ryan Bizzarro
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
275 Madison Avenue
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Women in Leadership Reception
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Carnegie Club, 156 West 56th Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

The Pennsylvania Society’s Barr Ferree Reception
4 p.m – 6 p.m. – SOLD OUT
48Lounge, 1221 Avenue of the Americas
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

K&L Gates Reception honoring the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
K&L Gates Offices, 599 Lexington Avenue
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

The Consul General of Ireland
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
345 Park Avenue, 17th Floor
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*​

Skyline Soiree hosted by Buchanan
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bar SixtyFive, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*​

Bellevue Strategies Reception in support of PA Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton
4:00 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, Mercury Ball Room, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Ballard Spahr Reception
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Pebble Bar, 67 West 49th Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*​

Energy Capital Reception
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Herb N’ Kitchen
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Avenue
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*​

U.S. Senator Bob Casey Reception
5 p.m.
Location TBA
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*​

¡Juntos! The Latin Reception of PA Society
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Avenue, 4th Floor
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

The Consulate General of Canada in New York
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
466 Lexington Avenue, 20th Floor
*Invitation Only. RSVP Requested*

The Northern Delegation to The Pennsylvania Society
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
New York Athletic Club, Hall of Fame Room, 180 Central Park South
*Invitation Only, RSVP Required*

EAS Regional Council of Carpenters Reception
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown, 210 W 55th Street
*Invitation Only, RSVP Required*

Blake Lynch for Congress Reception
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown
210 W. 55th Street
*Invitation Only, RSVP Required*

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

Saturday, December 2, 2023

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

Leaders of Faith 5th Annual Pennsylvania Society Prayer Breakfast
8 a.m.– 9 a.m.
Jam’s NYC, 1414 6th Avenue
*Invitation Only, RSVP Required*

University of Pennsylvania’s Winter Morning Reception
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
The Penn Club of New York, 30 West 44th Street
*Invitation only. RSVP Required*

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

FS Investments Reception
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
PJ Clarke’s Sidecar, 915 3rd Avenue
*Invitation Only, RSVP Required*

Bravo Group’s Return to Maggie’s Pub
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Maggie’s Place, 21 East 47th Street
*Invitation Only, RSVP Required*

Leaders in Infrastructure 21st Century Reception
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Quality Italian, 57 West 57th Street
*Invitation Only, RSVP Required*

The League of 1789 Reception, presented by Coca-Cola, honoring Philadelphia Mayor-Elect Cherelle Parker
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Kimberly Hotel (Rooftop), 145 E. 50th Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Chairman Glenn ‘G.T.’ Thompson Reception
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Saul Ewing LLP Reception
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Mastro’s Steakhouse, 1285 Avenue of the Americas
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

AL DIA Foundation Reception
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania Reception
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
New York Hilton Midtown, Mercury Suite, 1335 6th Ave
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Erie Reception
Hosted by Tim NeCastro and Erie Insurance
5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Rendezvous Trianon Room, 3rd Floor
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Avenue
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

125th 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
9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Rendezvous & Petite Trianon Room, Third Floor
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Rittenhouse Communications After Party
9 p.m. – 12 p.m.
Club Macanudo, 26 East 63rd Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

A Steel City Salute: Toast to Pittsburgh Civic Excellence
10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Brooklyn Chop House Times Square, 253 West 47th Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

Reception Honoring Cherelle Parker, Hosted by Rooney Novak Isenhour Group, Bellevue Strategies, and SWG Strategies, Inc.
10 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The Pierre Hotel, East 61st Street
*Invitation Only. RSVP Required.*

5 Responses

  1. Proof again what a bunch of underachievers inhabit PA. Take it from a native New Yorker who recently spent 5 years in exile in the City of Brotherly Decline: the only smart Keystoners are the ones who leave for good, like Brian De Palma, Bradley Cooper, and Joe Biden. If the rest of youse think a junket to Manhattan is exotic, you coulda never been invited to Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean island with life’s big winners. If Rendell and Ridge are your most successful pols, no wonder youse gotta come to NYC once a year to clear your orifices with non-leaded tap wooder. No matter what deals are cut this weekend by the Hudson, PA corruption is so bad it’s just a drop in the Schuylkill. Where’s Johnny Doc when youse need him? On trial. BTW, it’s pronounced Dough-er-ty, not Dock-er-ty in the rest of the free world! Next year, take it to Disneyworld; President De Sanctimonious may fly down for a meet-and-greet–not…

  2. Cigars: Check.
    Booze flowing freely, … and free: Check.
    Lobbyists: Check.
    Private events off limits to the press: Check.
    Politicians, unelected power brokers and other movers and shakers all in one gathering for one long weekend: Check.

    What could go wrong?

  3. Oh joy. The rich politicians get together with the rich business corporations to plot another year scamming the ordinary citizens of PA.

  4. Stosh is never sure what to think of this annual event. Is it an old boys (and girls) club that, when away from the stage that is Harrisburg politics, the players sir around in smokey rooms in plush chairs grinning wildly thinking how they got away another year of political monkey business. Or is it truly a social gathering in a great, world-class city only a few hours drive from the commonwealth.


  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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