The Full 2014 PA Society List of Events

Waldorf Astoria

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 who will serve in the Wolf Administration and the maneuverings of potential Democratic Senate candidates in 2016.

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

Keegan Gibson contributed to this feature.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Cocktails: Christine J. Toretti

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Club Macanudo, 26 East 63rd Street

By invitation only

This exclusive event, hosted by the prominent RNC Committeewoman is the unofficial kickoff to the weekend and one of the toughest lists to get on.

HRCC-Honoring the PA House Republican Leadership

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Connolly’s Pub and Restaurant

14 East 47th Street

Holiday Cocktail Reception

9:00-11:00 p.m.

John D. Moran Jr.-Penn Strategies, LLC

Charlie Gerow & Kevin Harley-Quantum Communications

Fireside The Omni Berkshire Place Hotel

21 East 52nd Street (Between Madison and Fifth Aves)

By Invitation Only

Friday, December 12, 2014

State Senate and House Majority Leaders Breakfast Reception

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Conrad Suite, Waldorf Astoria


McKinsey & Company

Innovation and Industry

8:30 a.m.

The Yale Club

By Invitation Only

Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania Annual Commonwealth Club Luncheon:  

Special Guest: Carly Fiorina

11:30 a.m.: VIP reception & photo opportunity

12:00 a.m.: General Reception

12:30 p.m.: Luncheon

$1,000 pp, Luncheon

$2,500 pp, VIP Reception & Luncheon

$10,000: Table of Ten

(Includes Two VIP Photo Reception Tickets)

Checks Payable to: Republican Party of Pennsylvania

The Plaza

58th Street and Fifth Avenue

Women of Destiny: Networking Event

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Brunch, Speakers, Q&A)

Waldorf Astoria – Louis XVI

By Invitation only

Winter Luncheon in support of Judge David Wecht

12:00 p.m.

Law Offices of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

51 West 52nd Street, 28th Floor

7th Annual Viking Cigar Caucus

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Club Macanudo, 26 East 63rd Street

By Invitation Only

Society on the Rocks/Cocktail Reception

3:00-7:00 p.m.


620 Loft & Garden, Rockefeller Center, 620 Fifth Avenue

By Invitation Only

THE FORUM for a Better Pennsylvania

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Reception – The Waldorf Astoria, The Conrad Suite, 4th Floor

By Invitation Only

Broadband Kickoff Reception

Hosted by the Broadband Cable Association of PA

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Tonic Sports Bar

727 Seventh Avenue

A Night on Broadway Cocktails and Conversation

honoring the members of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation

4:00-8:00 p.m.

Arent Fox LLP

1675 Broadway, 34th Floor

By Invitation only

The Metropolitan Caucus

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Empire Room

The Genevieve Society Reception

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Metropolitan Suite, 18th Floor

By Invitation only

A Salute to Leadership honoring Senator John Rafferty
hosted by the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception
The Benjamin Hotel,
125 E 50th St.

Eugene DePasquale Reception

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Herbert Hoover Suite

Lt. Governor Jim Cawley Reception

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Vanderbilt Room

Bill Shuster Cocktail Fundraiser

5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Benjamin

125 E. 50th Street

$2,500-Host, $1,000-PAC, $500-Individual

Rich Fitzgerald & Bill Peduto Reception

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Inside Park at St. Bart’s

325 Park Avenue

Michael Clark & Surmont L.L.C.

Cole Porter Suite

The Waldorf Towers, 33-A

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Washington County/Energy Capital of the East

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Waynesburg University, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Steptoe & Johnson, Dawood

Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Duke of Windsor Suite

The Power & Possibility of the Arts

Senator Vincent Hughes & Sheryl Lee Ralph

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Beekman Suite

Waste Management of Pennsylvania

Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, Suite, 4th floor

By Invitation only

Reception for U.S. Senator Pat Toomey

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Barbizon 63

140 East 63rd Street

$2,500 Co-Host, $2,000 Sponsor, $1,000 Individual

The Children’s Champion Reception

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Starlight Floor, 18th Floor

Waldorf-Astoria New York

301 Park Avenue

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) and Mayor Michael Nutter (D-Philadelphia) will receive the Children’s Champion Award from the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania.

Mike Kelly Reception

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Conrad Suite

Bill Rinaldi Reception

6:00 p.m. (Cocktails followed by 7:00 p.m. Dinner)

Waldorf Astoria Marco Polo Lounge

Cozen O’Connor Holiday Reception

6:00-8:30 p.m.

21 West 52nd Street

By Invitation Only

Mike Turzai Reception

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria

Louis XVI Suite


Mayors Against Hunger Cocktails for a Cause

Featuring Mayors Michael Nutter, Ed Pawlowski and Bill Peduto

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Park Room

Park Lane Hotel

36 Central Park South

Blank Rome Reception

7:00 p.m.

New York Marriott East Side – Morgan Ballroom

525 Lexington Avenue at 49th Street

Business Attire

By Invitation only

Powell, Trachtman, Logan, Carrle and Lombardo Holiday Dinner

8:00 p.m.

Celebrating the Design and Construction Community


125 Mulberry Street

By invitation only

Stevens & Lee Cocktails and Dinner

James M. White, Host

7:00 p.m. Cocktails (Metropolitan Suite of the Four Seasons)

8:30 pm Dinner (Cosmopolitan Suite)

Four Seasons Hotel, 57 E. 57th Street

By Invitation only

Captains of Industry Reception

8:30-11:30 p.m.

USS/Alpha Natural Resources/CONSOL Energy/CSX

The Oak Room at The Plaza

768 Fifth Avenue at Central Park South

By Invitation Only

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack – Dessert Reception

9:00-11:00 pm

Waldorf Astoria, 4th Floor Park Avenue Center Room

Bob Casey Reception

9:00-10:00 p.m.

The Penn Club

30 W 44th St.

$5,000-Host, $2,600-Co-Host, $1,000-Supporter

IBEW Local Union 98-NECA

9:30 pm-12:30 am

Waldorf Astoria, Hilton Room

This PA Society mainstay features some of the biggest crowds and best dancing of the weekend. And as always, a thoughtful and complimentary door gift of a top political non-fiction book.

Duane Morris, LLP and Duane Morris Government Strategies, LLC, Reception

10:00 p.m.-midnight

21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

By Invitation

PoliticsPA’s Governor Mifflin Society Reception

9:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Louis XVI Suite

By Invitation only

Hosted by yours truly, this invite-only event is the highlight of Friday night.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

PNC Breakfast Reception

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Skylight Roof

By Invitation

The PA Society 5 Miller

8:15 a.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Corner of 50th and Park Ave.


University of Pennsylvania Breakfast hosted by President Amy Gutmann and

Chair of the Board of Trustees David L. Cohen

8:30-10:30 a.m.

The Penn Club, 30 West 44th Street

By Invitation

PMA & Wells Fargo – Annual Seminar & Luncheon

9:00 a.m. – Seminar – Luncheon to Follow

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

Invited Guests Only – No Substitutions or Guests

Donor Appreciation Brunch – Bridge Educational Foundation

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

49th Street & 3rd Avenue

By Invitation Only

Brendan & Kevin Boyle Reception

12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Fitzpatrick Manhattan Hotel, 687 Lexington Avenue

$2,600-Host, $1,000-Friend, $500-Supporter, $250-Guest

Bravo Group Reception

12:00-4:00 p.m.

Maggie’s Place, 21 East 47th Street

Darrell Clarke Reception

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Seafire Grill

158 E 48th Street

$11,500-Host/PAC, $2,900-Sponsor, $1,500-Guest, $250-Young Professional

Fourth Annual Reception of The League of 1789

1:30-3:30 p.m.

B. Smith’s Restaurant

320 W. 46th Street

Congressman Charlie Dent Holiday Party

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Mint Restaurant & Lounge

150 East 50th Street (between Lexington & Third Ave)

Congressman Murphy Reception

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Peacock Alley Café in the Waldorf Astoria


The Presidents of 44 Pennsylvania Private Colleges & Universities-Private Reception

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Private Reception in the Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria (Black Tie Optional)

By Invitation

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Cocktail Reception

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Starlight Roof, 18th floor

By Invitation Only

Thomas B. Hagen and Roger W. Richards Reception

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria Towers, Suite 37A

By Invitation Only

The Pennsylvania Society

116th Annual Dinner

6:00 p.m. Reception—East Foyer

7:00 p.m. Dinner—Grand Ballroom

Waldorf Astoria New York

Gold Medalist: James E. Rohr

By Invitation: Members $400pp; Non-members $450pp

The highlight of the weekend is the annual PA Society dinner, where this year’s honoree is Jim Rohr, the former Chairman and CEO of PNC Bank.

7th Annual Bolshevik Dinner

7:00 p.m.

By Invitation Only

The Energy Association of Pennsylvania’s


Immediately following the Pennsylvania Society Dinner (9:30 p.m.)

Joel Young Band from Hank Lane Music

Immediately following the Society Dinner

Marco Polo Room

Waldorf Astoria

Bring Invitation for Admittance

By Invitation

Marcellus Shale Coalition Reception

9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

The W New York, 541 Lexington Ave

Dancing- Bar- Desserts – Black Tie Preferred

By Invitation only

Saul Ewing Reception

9:45 p.m.-11:45 p.m.

John Astor Salon, Third Floor

Waldorf Astoria

By Invitation

24th Annual Reception/Black Tie

10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Attorney Charles J. Volpe and Excalibur/H.A.R.I.E.

Waldorf Astoria, Louis XVI Suite

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Brunch

Temple University Brunch

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Waldorf Astoria Starlight Room, 18th Floor

By Invitation

14 Responses

  1. Isn’t it nice that the taxpayers support our wonderful leaders in New York. Isn’t Pennsylvania noted for good fare and cocktails?
    Boy, we treat those who serve us li

    very graciously.
    Here’s to the people od Pennsylvania. No wonder we are having our TAXES raised.
    The pocketbook is empty.

  2. So it seems Castille just accused Kane of leaking secret grand jury info…by leaking secret grand jury info. Only in PA!

  3. Was anyone at Corbetts speech? I heard they gave out lapel pins and official Team Corbett cyanide pills.

  4. Word on the street at PA Society is that Seven Points Consulting is splitting up. Evidently the WS Group and the Fleck consulting boys aren’t playing nice together.

  5. PA Society of New York is a fantastic weekend! While the dinner is a bit dry the receptions are fantastic. Great for networking and meeting new friends. I look forward to it every year. See you there!

  6. It’s just sad that our politicians can’t even see the wisdom in supporting the Commonwealth and our economy. What kind of message does it send…clearly they do not care. I understand and appreciate traditions but there are lots of traditions that change and evolve over time.

  7. This is where our government is sold. It’s like a flea market of politicians, but with better food and a dress code.

  8. This is just a stupid event where a bunch rich people convene and discuss why their excrement doesn’t stink.

  9. Marcellus Shale Coalition Reception
    9:00 p.m.- ?? (until the final palm is greased)
    “Big Yellow Taxi Room”, The W New York, 541 Lexington Ave
    Dancing- Bar- Desserts – Drilling -Gas-venting (No clean-up) – Black Oil-stained Tie Preferred
    By Invitation only

  10. I wish all these “honorees” would move to NYC and then we could privatize our legislature. THAT would be news, this is not. Yawn.

  11. Friday, December 12, 2014
    A Salute to Leadership honoring Senator John Rafferty
    hosted by the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry
    4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Cocktail Reception
    The Benjamin Hotel,
    125 E 50th St., New York, NY 10022

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