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The Full 2013 PA Society List of Events

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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 annual celebration brings together political, civic and business leaders from across Pennsylvania and across the aisle.

The biggest stories to watch in midtown Manhattan this year are the maneuverings of the Democratic candidates for Governor, plus potential candidates for office in 2015 and 2016.

Here are the weekend’s events. See you in NYC!

Nick Field and Brittany Foster contributed to this story.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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

There is no better room in the world to network with Pa. Republicans than RNC committeewoman Toretti’s annual bash. Good luck getting in if you’re not on the list.

Association of Benefit Administrators Dinner
Honoring Laborers Int. Pres Terry O’Sullivan
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Louis XVI Room, Second Fl.
The Saint Regis Versalles
2 East 55th Street at Fifth
$350. By invitation only.

PA House Republican Leadership Reception
8:00 – 11:00pm
Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant
14 East 47th Street

Penn Strategies Holiday Cocktail Reception
with Governor and Mrs. Tom Corbett
Hosted by Penn Strategies and Penn Law Group, PC, John Moran
9:00 – 11:00pm
Fireside The Omni Berkshire Place Hotel
21 East 52nd Street
By invitation only

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pennsylvania Chamber Reception for PA Senate and House Majority Leaders
7:30 – 9:30am
Conrad Suite
Waldorf Astoria

Women of Destiny: Networking event
10:00am – 12:30pm (Networking Brunch, Speakers, Q&A)
Conrad Suite, Fourth Floor
Waldorf Astoria
By invitation only

Government Relations Briefing
Blank Rome LLP
11:00am – 1:00pm; Lunch will be served
The Chrysler Building, 24th Floor Boardroom
405 Lexington Avenue
By invitation only

PAGOP Annual Commonwealth Club Luncheon
Special Guest: Mayor Rudy Giuliani
11:30am: VIP reception & photo opportunity
12:00am: General Reception
12:30pm: Luncheon
$1,000 pp Luncheon; $2,500 pp; VIP Photo Reception; $10,000 for Table of Ten
The Plaza
58th Street and Fifth Avenue

Leech Tishman/Pittsburgh Technology Council “Society on the ROCKS” Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by dck Worldwide, EDMC, everpower, Point Park University & UPMC
3:00 – 7:00pm
620 Loft & Garden, Rockefeller Center
620 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10020
By invitation only

Due to temporary renovations taking place at the NASDAQ MarketSite complex, this year’s event will take place at 620 Loft & Garden, which offers an intimate setting for viewing the legendary ice rink and tree as well as the historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Fifth Avenue Place holiday light show.

Forum for a Better Pennsylvania
3:30 – 5:00pm, Reception
Conrad Suite, Fourth Floor
Waldorf Astoria
By invitation only. Non transferable.

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

The Metropolitan Caucus
4:00 – 6:00pm
Empire Room
Waldorf Astoria

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

Reception for Governor Tom Corbett
4:30 – 6:00pm
Catsimatidis Residence
817 Fifth Avenue
At the corner of 63rd

Reception with County Exe. Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto
5:00 – 7:00pm
Inside Park at St. Bart’s
325 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

The biggest political waves in Pa. this year happened in the Steel City. This reception, featuring two of the state’s most prominent Democrats, is a must- attend (especially for gubernatorial hopefuls).

Reception with Senator Dominic Pileggi
5:00 – 7:00pm
Vanderbilt Room
Waldorf Astoria
By invitation only

The Senate Majority Leader knows how to throw a party. This is a must-include on party-goers’ itinerary.

Bill Shuster for Congress Reception
5:00 – 7:00pm
The Benjamin
$2,500 Host; $1,000 PAC; $500 Individual

Mike Kelly for Congress Reception
5:00 – 7:00pm
Waldorf Astoria
$2,500 Host; $1,000 PAC; $500 Individual

Michael Clark & Surmont L.L.C. Cocktails
5:00 – 7:00pm
The Cole Porter Suite 33A
Waldorf Towers
By invitation only

Brian Sims Fundraising Reception
5:00 – 7:00pm
Private residence, Upper West Side
$2,500 Host; $1,000 PAC; $500 Friend; $250 Guest

Carey Group Reception
Special Guests: Sen. Costa, Comm. Shapiro, and Sen. Smith
5:30 – 7:30pm
230 Fifth
27th Street and 5th Avenue

Waste Management of Pennsylvania: Cocktails
5:30 – 7:30pm
Fourth Floor Suite
Waldorf Astoria
By invitation only

Children’s Champion Reception
Host: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
5:30 – 7:30pm
6:15pm awards presentation: Congressman Patrick Meehan and
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
Starlight Roof, 18th Floor
Waldorf Astoria
By invitation only

This is one of the busiest and most fun events Friday evening. It celebrates the achievements of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, one of if not the best children’s health care facilities in the world.

Sen. Pat Toomey Fundraiser
5:30 – 7:30pm
Barbizon 63
140 East 63rd Street

Holiday Cocktail Reception with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
6:00 – 7:00pm
South Suite (4th Floor)
Waldorf Astoria

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

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

NiSource Gas Cocktail and Dinner Reception
6:30 PM Cocktail
7:30 PM Dinner
Fresco by Scotto
2nd Floor Dining Room
34 East 52nd Street
Private event. By invitation only

Reception Honoring House Majority Leader, Mike Turzai
7:00 – 9:00pm
Louis XVI Suite
Waldorf Astoria

Blank Rome Reception
Astor and Whitney Rooms
Hotel Intercontinental New York
111 East 48th Street
By invitation only

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

Captains of Industry Reception
Hosted by CONSOL
7:30pm – 11:30pm
Trump Tower
725 5th Avenue
By invitation only

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

Janney Montgomery Scott Dinner
9:00pm Cocktails
9:30pm Dinner
Smith & Wollensky Restaurant
797 Third Avenue at 49th Street

Fundraiser for Senator Bob Casey
9:00 – 10:00pm
The Penn Club
30 W 44th St.
$5,000 Host; $2,600 – Co-host; $1,000 – Supporter

Dessert Reception for Mike Stack
9:00 – 11:00pm
Waldorf Astoria
Suite, 4th Floor

The Philadelphia State Senator recently announced his bid for Lt. Governor in 2014.

IBEW Local Union 98 Reception
9:30pm – 12:30am
Hilton Room
Waldorf Astoria

Johnny Doc’s annual party is a must-attend. He rocks the house, with a full band and lots of fun. IBEW even gives out door gifts (last year it was The Victory Lab).

Duane Morris, LLP and Duane Morris Government Strategies, LLC, Reception
10:00pm – Midnight
21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
By invitation only

Cocktails & Conversation
Hosted by Fleck Consulting, Inc.
Featuring Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski
11:00pm – 2:00am
World Bar, The Trump World Tower
845 United Nations Plaza

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

If you can attend only one PA Society event all weekend, this is it. The annual party hosted by owners and staff of PoliticsPA draws major politicos of all stripes until late in the evening (and into the early morning).

Saturday, December 14, 2013

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

The Penn Breakfast hosted by President Amy Gutmann
8:30 – 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
Frederick W. Anton, President & CEO-pmA, and Gregory Redden, Region President, Greater Philadelphia/Delaware, Wells Fargo and Dr. Terry Madonna, Moderator
The Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street
By invitation only, No Substitutions, No Guests

This is a closed door strategy session for the Pa. business community and its political allies. It’s also the place to go for a full rundown on the rumors and news that everyone heard on Friday night.

Reception with Congressman Lou Barletta
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Connolly’s Pub
14 East 47th Street
(Between Madison Ave & Fifth Ave)

McCord for Governor Fundraiser
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Harvard Club
27 W. 44th St.
By invitation only

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

Friends of Darrell Clarke
12:30 – 2:00pm
151 East 50th Street
$11,500 Host or PAC; $2,900 Sponsor; $1,500 Guest

Many expect that Clarke, the President of Philadelphia City Council, will mount a run for Mayor in 2015.

Brunch fundraiser for State Rep. Mike Fleck
12:30 – 2:00pm
Hosted at the home of Betsy & Victor Gotbaum
Contribution: $100

Why an NYC reception for a State Rep? The New York Times put it this way when it profiled Fleck (R-Huntingdon), who is one of just two openly gay Republican legislators in the nation: “Because he suspects that some national antigay organizations will funnel money into the district to oust him, he’s raising some of his own campaign funds outside Pennsylvania, including from gay donors, though opponents could use that against him. Such fund-raising is obviously one reason he cooperated with this column.”

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

Emerald Advisors Reception
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Sidecar Room
PJ Clarke’s
915 3rd Avenue at 55th Street Entrance

League of 1789 Reception
1:30 – 3:30pm
B. Smith’s Restaurant
320 W. 46th St.
By invitation only

Reception with Rep. Charlie Dent
2:00 – 4:00pm
Mint Restaurant and Lounge
150 East 50th Street
Between Lexington and Third Avenues

S.R. Wojdak & Associates Happy Hour Event
2:30pm – 5:00pm
Eamonn’s Bar and Grill
9 East 45th (between Madison and 5th)
By invitation only

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

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

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

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

The Pennsylvania Society 115th Annual Dinner
6:00pm Reception – East Foyer
7:00pm Dinner – Grand Ballroom
Waldorf Astoria
Gold Medalist: Vice President Joseph R. Biden
By invitation only. Members $400; Non- members $450

This is the main event, the reason everyone travels to NYC. The black tie dinner is an annual tradition dating back to the late 1800s. It’s a chance for both parties to come together and celebrate the accomplishments of a Pennsylvania native son or daughter. This year, it’s Vice President Joe Biden.

6th Annual Bolshevik Dinner
Russian Samovar
By invitation only

Some political operatives arrange this annual meal for those who couldn’t score (or couldn’t afford) tickets to the main dinner.

Premier Party
Hosted by the Energy Association of Pennsylvania:
In Harmony
Marco Polo Room
Waldorf Astoria
By invitation only

Power Shift Post Dinner Reception
9:30 –
Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel
145 East 50th Street

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

Jewish Federation of Greater Philly Dessert Reception
9:30pm – 11:30pm
Herbert Hoover Suite
Waldorf Astoria
By invitation only

Saul Ewing Reception
9:45pm – 11:45pm
Basildon Room, Third Floor
Waldorf Astoria
By invitation only

Attorney Charles J. Volpe and Excalibur/H.A.R.I.E. 23rd Annual PA Society Reception
10:00pm – 1:00am
Louis XVI Suite
Waldorf Astoria

Marcellus Shale Coalition Reception
9:00pm – 1:00am
The W New York, 541 Lexington Ave
Dancing- Bar- Desserts
By invitation only

This is one of the biggest events of the weekend and the place to meet Pennsylvania’s energy industry leaders.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

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

25 Responses

  1. Dear Signor Ferrari of Do you have any PA Society stories of this season or seasons of past excess to share with interested Pennsylvania Parties? We need some hope and cheer for the Holiday Season!!

  2. WOW Govenor Tom Corbett thinks his popularity is growing? who is he speaking to, THE CYBER CHARTER COPORATE WELFARE QUEENS OR BABY BRIAN NUTT OR BIG DADDY ROGER NUTT? WOW: is our Dark Prince, John Brabender, using his subliminal advertising techniques on his client? What do you think, oh GREAT TRUTH TELLER, SIGNOR FERRAR of Corbett declares his popularity is growing at Pennsylvania Society dinner, Biden to speak |

  3. How disgusting that Pennsylvania politicians can’t host an event such as this in Pennsylvania. Both political parties should be disgraced for hosting their black tie affair, not in Erie, or Scranton, or Harrisburg, Allentown, or Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh, but in MANHATTAN! Was your greedy lovefest worth it, oh you politicos? Instead of discussing Pennsylvania politics here in PA, you sneak across our border to New York to hide your shame? What a disgrace!

  4. PAGOP Cavegirls: I am so gratified that my PA Society PSA has been helpful. So far there have been no reported cases of Sexual Assault by SEPA GOP Cavemen. If you do wake up with GOP CAVEMAN, and you have a headache and he’s COYOTE UGLY, then get a DNA sample. I do agree with this Column, and the PAGOP is going pre-historic on women.

    Dear Mr. Micek: Is Pope Francis an unrepentant RINO? Why don’t you ask the PAGOP Catholics if they agree with the new Pope or whether they worship at the feet of Rush Limbaugh who calls the new Pope a Marxist? Ask Tom Corbett and Rob Gleason if Pope Francis is RINO?? You write: Money must not rule,” Francis writes, noting that he is obliged “in the name of Christ to remind all that the rich must help, respect and promote the poor. I exhort you to generous solidarity and to return economics and finance to an ethical approach which favours human beings.” But the Charter Cyber School Cabal wants to buy our Education System. Is the Cyber Charter Cabal really interested in the education of the poorest in the Keystone State?

  6. Where is the location of the bob GuzZARDI FUNDRAISER? Finally we have a candidate for pa governor who can pass a RINO DNA test!!!! God
    bless PA’s Edmund

  7. Can anyone tell me where acting Governor John Brabender and our Dark Prince will be holding court? I want to speak with someone in authority!!!

  8. Dear Tom Corbett Spokesperson Valerie Caras: Was the alleged sexual assault victim of former PA Montgomery County Chair Bob Kerns an Anstine participant or graduate? Don’t you think you need to clear up these rumors before PAGOP National Commiteewoman Toretti’s PA Society party on Thursday? END THE OMERTA!

  9. Will Tom Corbett take advantage of the Thursday PAGOP Anstine party to explain that Sexual assault is not a proper technique to tame an unruly RINO Filly? END THE OMERTA!!!

    BEDFORD — The office of state Attorney General Tom Corbett announced Thursday that a six-month investigation disproved a woman’s claims that she was…

  11. Tommyd

    I suspect the answer is that the event is held on ‘neutral’ ground vis a vis tribal PA politics.

  12. This is an event that is long overdue to be ended. Back in the day before all the working class had access to the internet, nobody really knew about this high brow political love fest.

  13. Can anybody direct to the PA Society Bob Kerns legal defense fund cocktail reception? Is it the after party of Thursday’s Anstine Reception?

  14. That whole list makes me sick! It’s like telling anyone who reads PolIticsPA on a daily basis that your vote doesn’t matter! That’s why we need total complete revolution on a planetary scale!

  15. Will the PA SOCIETY be giving awards to Charly Zogby and Acting Governor John Brabender for being the top INFLUENCERS in PA and their tireless concern for our citizen’s welfare and future?

  16. I know an immense amount of policy is discussed at the PA Society. So let’s talk Charter Schools. Now, the Commonwealth Foundation is promoting keeping the favorable treatment of Charter Schools not because Charter Schools are proven successes but because they are a small part of the PA ED Budget. Isn’t the Commonwealth Foundation against unprovern social experimentation; well maybe social experimentation is ok if it benefits the Cyber Charter Corporate Welfare Queens who maybe their donors.
    Public-school advocates fear pending revision of Pa. charter rules

  17. PAGOP SEPA Cavegirls: If you see Baby Caveman MONTCO Chair Mike Vereb at the Anstine reception, please slap his Behind, offer some encouragement and ask for an invitation to his Capitol New Year’s Party at the Penthouse Candy Shop of the Lobbyist Shop.

  18. All politicians just show vulnerable side: hypocrisy, cinism and ego and of course when thes finish his mandate they want move to the bigger city, leaving behind the small town what they give them all :power, connection ,money and brilliant future as a lobbyist. Hell on them !!

  19. Why isn’t this held in Pennsylvania? It may be naive to ask why it’s held at all, but isn’t Philadelphia of Pittsburgh (or Harrisburg, Scranton, Erie, Hershey, etc.) good enough for this schoomze fest? Do our politicians all hate their own state that much?

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