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The Full 2012 PA Society List of Events

The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NYC

It’s that time of year, politicos: Pennsylvania Society! Here’s a rundown of the events at the weekend-long marathon of dinners and cocktails.

The big story to watch is Pa.’s 2014 Gov race. At least two potential Democratic candidates are hosting events in NYC, and Gov. Tom Corbett will be at many of them.

To the uninitiated, the weekend is a non-stop marathon of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with everybody who’s anybody in Pa. politics.

Why’s it held in New York instead of Pa., you ask? Tradition, mainly.

To the critics of the world, take heart. It’s opportunity for those on both sides of the aisle to let their guard down and socialize. Those who lament the decline in bipartisan cordiality would be heartened by the scene.

Without further ado, here are the events of the weekend. PoliticsPA will update the list as we learn of additional events.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Cocktails: Christine J. Toretti
Club Macanudo, 26 East 63rd Street
By invitation only

Not on the list? Good luck getting into this annual event hosted by RNC committeewoman Toretti, a Pa. GOP powerhouse. It’s one of the best of the weekend.

Chester GOP Dinner and Cocktails
Hosted by Val DiGiorgio, Jon Ireland and Lamb McErlane
7:00pm: Cocktails
7:30pm: Dinner
Le Cirque
151 East 58th St
By invitation only

HRCC Reception for Pa. House Leadership
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant
121 West 45th St.

Merry Holiday Party with Governor and Mrs. Tom Corbett
Hosted by Penn Strategies and John D. Moran, Jr.
9:00pm – 11:00pm
The National at the Benjamin Hotel
557 Lexington Avenue & 50th Streets
By invitation only

This is the first event by Moran and Penn Strategies, and they didn’t disappoint with a top tier featured guest.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Reception for Pa. House & Senate Majority Leaders
Hosted by the Pa. Business Council
7:30am – 9:30am
Conrad Suite
The Waldorf-Astoria

Blank Rome LLP Government Relations Briefing
10:00am – 1:00pm; Lunch will be served
The Chrysler Building, 24th Floor Boardroom
405 Lexington Avenue
By invitation only

Women of Destiny: Celebrating Success 2012
11:00am – 1:00pm (Networking Brunch, Speakers, Q&A)
The Waldorf-Astoria – Conrad Suite, Fourth Floor
1:00pm – 3:00pm (Elected Officials Forum)
Duke of Windsor, Fourth Floor
3:30pm – 5:00pm (The Forum’s Reception)
Conrad Suite, Fourth Floor
By invitation only

Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania Annual Commonwealth Club Luncheon
Featuring Karl Rove
11:30am: VIP reception & photo opportunity
12:00am: General Reception
12:30pm: Luncheon
The Plaza
58th Street and Fifth Avenue
For Commonwealth Club members and ticket-holders

The Forum Panel: “Election 2012: What it Means for PA”
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Conrad Suite
The Waldorf-Astoria

John Hanger for Governor Reception
2:00pm – 5:00pm
The offices of Winston & Strawn
MetLife Building
200 Park Avenue, 43rd Floor

Let the Gov-stakes commence. Hanger, the former DEP Secretary, is the first Democrat to declare his candidacy against Tom Corbett.

Leech Tishman’s Society on the Square cocktail reception
2:00pm – 7:00pm
NASDAQ MarketSite
4 Times Square

Forum for a Better Pennsylvania
3:30pm – 5:00pm, Reception
The Waldorf-Astoria, the Conrad Suite, 4th Floor
By invitation only

Broadband Cable Association of PA
3:30pm – 5:30pm
727 7th Avenue
By invitation only

The Metropolitan Caucus
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Empire Room
The Waldorf-Astoria
By invitation only

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

Reception with Auditor General Jack Wagner
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Louis XVI Suite – 4th Floor
The Waldorf-Astoria

Reception with Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Vanderbilt Room
The Waldorf-Astoria
By invitation only

Fundraiser for Rob McCord
5:00pm – 7:00pm
The Four Seasons
57 East 57th Street

Reception with Rich Fitzgerald
Featuring Pittsburgh mayoral hopeful Bill Peduto
5:00pm – 7:00pm
The Kitchen NYC
146 East 44th St.

Reception with Michael Clark & Surmont LLC
5:00pm – 7:00pm
The Cole Porter Suite – Suite 33A in The Waldorf Towers
By invitation only

Mandel for Controller Gotham Happy Hour Event
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Whiskey Blue
W Hotel
541 Lexington Avenue, NYC
$100 – $1,000 per person

Brett Mandel is running once again for Philly Controller against Alan Butkovitz and hoping to make a splash in the Big Apple.

Cocktails with Waste Management Eastern Group
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, Suite, 4th floor
By invitation only

Children’s Champion Reception
Hosted by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
5:30pm – 7:30pm (6:15 awards presentation PA State Senator Vincent Hughes and
U.S. Congressman Joseph R. Pitts)
The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Starlight Roof, 18th Floor
By invitation only

Reception with the Carey Group
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Featuring John Callahan, Luke Ravenstahl, Josh Shapiro and Matt Smith
230 Fifth
27th and Fifth Avenue
RSVP required

Reception for Senator Pat Toomey
Hosted by Dan DiLella & Gary Silvi
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Barbizon 63
140 East 63rd Street
$1,000 for individual
$2,500 for host

A Night on Broadway Cocktails and Conversation honoring the members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation
Hosted by Arent Fox LLP
6:00pm – 8:00pm
1675 Broadway, 34th Floor
By invitation only

Holiday Reception at 21 Club: Cozen O’Connor
6:00pm – 8:30pm
21 West 52nd Street
By invitation only

Reception with Ballard Spahr LLP
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad Suite, 4th Floor
By invitation only

Reception with House Majority Leader Mike Turzai
Hosted by PCBI & IFP, Inc.
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Marco Polo Lounge

BlankRome Reception
Hotel Inter Continental New York, Astor and Whitney Rooms (Lobby Level)
By invitation only

Stevens & Lee Cocktails and Dinner
Hosted by James M. White
7:00: Cocktails (Metropolitan Suite of the Four Seasons)
8:30: Dinner (Cosmopolitan Suite)
Four Seasons Hotel, 57 E. 57th Street
By invitation only

Captains of Industry Reception
Hosted by Consol
7:00pm – 11:00pm
The Carnegie Club
156 West 56th Street
By invitation only

Southeast PA GOP Caucus Dinner
Sparks Steakhouse
210 E 46th St.
By invitation only

Fundraiser with Bob & Terese Casey
Location provided upon R.S.V.P.
In the vicinity of the Waldorf-Astoria
$1,000 per person
$2,500 per PAC
RSVP required

IBEW Local Union 98 – PA-DE-NJ Chapter
9:30pm – 12:30am
The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Hilton Room
Host – Bob Pantano-Saturday Night Dance Party

Big band music and big personalities, this is consistently one of the most fun events of the weekend.

Duane Morris, LLP and Duane Morris Government Affairs, LLC, Reception
10:00pm – Midnight
21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street
By Invitation

PoliticsPA Governor Mifflin Society Reception
10:00pm – 1:00am
The Waldorf-Astoria, Louis XVI Suite
By invitation only

This is the must-attend event of the night, naturally. All of the state’s biggest politicos will be there.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

PNC Breakfast Reception
7:30am – 9:30am
The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Skylight Roof
By invitation only

The Penn Breakfast hosted by President Amy Gutmann
8:30am – 10:30am
The Penn Club, 30 West 44th Street
By invitation only

Annual Seminar and Luncheon: PMA and Wells Fargo
9:00am: Seminar begins, lunch follows
Featuring Frederick W. Anton, President & CEO- pmA, and Michelle Lee, Regional President, Northeast Region, Wells Fargo and Dr. Terry Madonna, Moderator
The Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street
By invitation only

This is one of the top events of the weekend and a great place for the best political gossip – if you can get in.

Council President Darrell Clarke, John Dougherty and Councilman Bobby Henon Reception
Hosted by IBEW Local 98 Business Manager John J. Dougherty
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Oscar’s Brasserie

Bravo Group’s Afternoon at Maggie’s Place
12:00pm – 4:00pm
21 East 47th Street
By invitation only

PA Infrastructure Lunch Reception
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Maloney & Porcelli Restaurant
37 East 50th St.
By invitation only

Darrell L. Clarke Reception
1:30pm – 3:30pm
The National
557 Lexington Avenue
Guest, $1,500
Sponsor, $2,900
Host/PAC, $11,500
RSVP required

Pennsylvania Society of the League of 1789
1:30pm – 3:30pm
B. Smith’s Restaurant
320 W. 46th Street
By invitation only

Congressman Charlie Dent’s Holiday Reception
With guest Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
2:00pm – 4:00pm
150 East 50th Street
RSVP would be appreciated

Congressman Lou Barletta’s Holiday Reception
2:00pm – 5:00pm
O’Neill’s Irish Bar
729 3rd Avenue
RSVP Required

Anheuser-Busch Companies and S.R. Wojdak & Associates Happy Hour Event
2:30pm – 5:00pm
Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant
14 East 47th Street
By invitation only

Temple Basketball Watch Party (vs. Duke)
3:15pm Tip-off
Ashton’s Alley
825 3rd Ave
By invitation only

AICUP Reception
3:30pm – 5:30pm
The Waldorf-Astoria, Astor Salon
By invitation only

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Cocktail Reception
4:00pm – 6:30pm
The Waldorf-Astoria, Starlight Roof, 18th floor
By invitation only

This black tie reception is one of the finest and best of the weekend.

Fundraiser for Tom Corbett
Hosted by Margo and John Catsimatidis
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Catsimatidis Residence
817 Fifth Avenue
$5,000 per couple
RSVP required

Thomas Hagen and Roger Richards Reception
5:00pm – 6:30pm
The Waldorf-Astoria Towers, Suite 37A
By invitation only

The Pennsylvania Society 114th Annual Dinner
6:00pm: Reception – East Foyer
7:00pm: Dinner – Grand Ballroom
The Waldorf-Astoria
By invitation only. Members $350; Non-members $400

This is the main event, the reason for the entire weekend. The honoree of the evening is Pa. filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.

5th Annual Bolshevik Dinner
The Russian Vodka Room
By invitation only

Can’t afford the big dinner? $100 gets you into this rebellious counter-event.

Premier Party hosted by the Energy Association of Pennsylvania
In Harmony, immediately following the Society Dinner
Marco Polo Room, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
By invitation only

After Dinner Reception with Dilworth Paxson
9:30pm – 11:30pm
Conrad Suite, Fourth Floor
The Waldorf -Astoria
By invitation only

Power Shift Post Dinner Reception
Featuring Josh Shapiro and Chelsa Wagner
9:30pm – 11:30pm
Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel
145 East 50th Street, New York City

After Dinner Reception with Saul Ewing LLP
9:45pm – 11:45pm
The Basildon Room, Third Floor
The Waldorf-Astoria
By invitation only

Marcellus Shale Coalition Reception
9:00pm – 1:00am
The W New York
541 Lexington Avenue
By invitation only

The MSC will reprise its 2011 event, but you’d better have a ticket. Concern over protesters means that attendees must present a unique ticket along with photo ID.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Temple University Brunch
9:00am – 11:00am
Starlight Room
The Waldorf-Astoria
By invitation only

10 Responses

  1. Whyy not host those special in The commonwealth of pennsylvania so they in touch with our people instead of new york

  2. Does Rich Fitzgerald drag Wall Street WilliePeduto around by his collar. The last time the two were together in NYCity,Fitz was ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ with Willie P in tow.

  3. an interesting annual event and amount of $$ thrown at this annual junket of panache and hobnobbery. Just keep in mind that the Republicans aren’t running this country or state, the Democratics aren’t running this country or state, it’s the insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms who are.

  4. Interesting event and amount of $$ thrown at this annual junket of panache and hobnobbery. Just keep in mind that the Republicans aren’t running this country or state, the Democratics aren’t running this country or state, it’s the insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms who are.

  5. The Pennsylvania Republican leadership gathers to plot their next electoral disaster….in New York, of course.

  6. The Metropolitan Caucus has been changed to the Empire Room at the Waldorf between 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday, December 7th. It is a free event so please stop in and meet our regional elected leaders.

  7. PA Society is always such a good time. We go every year now. Looking forward to Tom and Roger’s party on Saturday night. It’s by far the best reception. Kudos on the write up.

    See you at your Governor Mifflin Reception 🙂

  • 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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