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The Full 2015 PA Society List of Events

Waldorf-AstoriaIt’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 budget stalemate, the Kathleen Kane saga and the maneuverings of the 2016 Senate and Attorney General candidates.

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

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Christine J. Toretti Holiday Cheer

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Club Macanudo

26 East 63rd Street

Invitation only

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Majority Leaders Breakfast

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Louis XVI Suite

Women of Destiny Mentoring Breakfast

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, The Conrad Suite, 4th Floor

Invitation only

Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania Annual Commonwealth Club Luncheon:  

Special Guest: Donald Trump

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

12:00 p.m. – General Reception

12:30 p.m. – Luncheon

The Plaza
58th Street and Fifth Avenue

$1,000 – Luncheon

$2,500 – VIP Reception & Luncheon

$10,000 – Table of Ten

Sure to be one of the most talked about events of the weekend. In fact, Trump’s speech is already causing controversy.

Broadband Reception

Hosted by the Broadband Cable Association of PA

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Tonic Bar, 727 7th Avenue, Times Square

By Invitation only

Society [on the Rocks] Cocktail Reception (Hosted by Leech Tishman & the Pittsburgh Technology Council)

3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

620 Loft & Garden, Rockefeller Center, 620 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022

By Invitation only

Cost: Free (General Invited Attendee), $55 (Members of the Pennsylvania Executive Branch)

THE FORUM for a Better Pennsylvania

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, 4th Floor

Invitation only

Arent Fox, A Night on Broadway Reception

3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Arent Fox LLP

1675 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

The Genevieve Society Reception

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Metropolitan Suite, 18th Floor

By Invitation only

The Metropolitan Caucus

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Vanderbilt Room

Equality PA Reception

The Bayard Rustin Award & The Pioneering Advocacy Award

4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

135 W 87th St, New York, NY 10024

The honorees will be Jonathan Groff (Hamilton) and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Dreamgirls). Tickets are $250.

A Salute to Leadership

Hosted by the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry and West Chester University

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Benjamin Hotel

125 East 50th Street

The CCCBI Salute to Leadership Award will be presented to Sen. Pat Toomey. The West Chester University Ram Pride Award will be presented to Aqua America CEO Christopher Franklin (Class of ’87).

Philadelphia 3.0

5:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria

Rich Fitzgerald & Bill Peduto Reception

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Yale Club

Invitation only

Washington County Chamber with partners: DAWOOD; Steptoe & Johnson; Waynesburg University Share The Energy Event

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria

Featuring collection of food and beverage from Western Pennsylvania

Michael Clark & Surmont L.L.C.

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Cole Porter Suite

The Waldorf Towers 33-A

Invitation Only

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

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation: Children’s Champion Reception

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Starlight Roof, 18th Floor

Award Presentation at 6:15 – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati &

Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross

Cozen O’Connor Holiday Reception at 21 CLUB

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

21 West 52nd Street

Cocktail Attire

Invitation Only

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

Stevens & Lee Cocktails and Dinner

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Four Seasons Hotel, 57 East 57th Street

By Invitation only

Lt. Governor Mike Stack Dessert Reception

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Park Avenue Center Room

Duane Morris and Duane Morris Government Strategies Reception

10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

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

By Invitation

PoliticsPA’s Governor Mifflin Society Reception

10:00 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 12th, 2015

PNC Breakfast Reception

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Skylight Roof

Invitation only

University of Pennsylvania Festive Breakfast

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 & Comcast – Annual Seminar & Luncheon

9:00 a.m. – Seminar begins, luncheon to follow

Frederick W. Anton, PMA; David L. Cohen, Comcast; Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Moderator

The Metropolitan Club

One East 60th Street

Invitation only

Leaders in Infrastructure Reception

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Maloney and Porcelli Restaurant

37 East 50th Street

New York, NY  10022

Fifth Annual Reception of The League of 1789

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The Skylark

200 W. 39th Street, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10018

By Invitation only

Bob Casey Holiday Reception

1:45 p.m. – VIP Reception

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Event

The Perfect Pint

203 East 45th Street

$150 – Friend, $500 – Patron, $2,500 – Sponsor

Fisher & Phillips LLP’s First Annual

Business Leadership in Diversity Award Reception

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Smith & Wollensky, 797 Third Avenue

Honoring Michael Pearson, CEO of Union Packaging

The Presidents of 49 Pennsylvania Private Colleges & Universities Private Reception

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Vanderbilt Room

By Invitation, Black tie optional

Buchanan Ingersoll Cocktail Reception

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, Starlight Room, 18th floor

By Invitation Only, Black tie optional

Thomas B. Hagen and Roger W. Richards Reception

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria Towers, Suite 37A

Invitation only

The Pennsylvania Society

117th Annual Dinner

6:00 p.m. – Reception, East Foyer

7:00 p.m. – Dinner, Grand Ballroom

Waldorf Astoria New York

Gold Medalist: Edward G. Rendell

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

The highlight of the weekend is the annual PA Society dinner, where this year’s honoree is Ed Rendell, the former Governor of Pennsylvania.

Eighth Annual Bolshevik Dinner

7:00 p.m.

Russian Vodka Room

By Invitation only

Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP/LPMG Companies/Iacobucci Communities

7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Black Tie Dinner

Charlie Palmer’s Steakhouse

Hosts: Gaetano Piccirilli, Esq., John J. Longacre, and Stephen Iacobucci

By Invitation only

Ballard Spahr and Comcast NBCUniversal Reception

In honor of Gov. Edward G. Rendell

9:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. (immediately following the Pennsylvania Society Dinner)

Waldorf Astoria, Basildon and Jade Rooms

The Energy Association of Pennsylvania’s Premier Party

Begins at 9:30 p.m. (immediately following the Pennsylvania Society Dinner)

Waldorf Astoria, Marco Polo Room

Bring Invitation for Admittance

Saul Ewing Reception

9:45 – 11:45 p.m.

Waldorf Astoria, John Astor Salon, Third Floor

Invitation only

25th 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 13th, 2015

Temple University Brunch

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Waldorf Astoria Starlight Room, 18th Floor

By Invitation

37 Responses

  1. Charlie, are you serious? You really think that a handful of negative calls is going stop any of these boars from lining up at the trough again next year? Maybe I can sell you the bridge they use to get to the party.

  2. Stop whining and complaining on this site! Monday morning CALL your state rep and senator – do not e-mail, tweet, instagram, or write as those all can be answered with canned crap and ignored. CALL and keep it up until; you speak to a real political flunky! Then POLITELY but POINTEDLY state your feelings! The only way to possibly have an impact! When people in today’s world have the guts and patience to do that they get heard!

  3. Mary Wilson is reporting that Senate Republican Leader Jake Corman is hosting a reception this afternoon in old NYC.

  4. Do taxpayers pay for their good times…screwed again by politicians…r or d their all frickin’ thieves…


    Please …. Oh pretty please make TRUMP your nominee!!!

  6. If you want to go to New York and flit from party to party in your nifty little dinner jacket, by all means do so. Just don’t try to feed us that BS line about it “helping PA build business.” This is all about the political “haves” treating themselves to the best that other people’s money can buy because they feel they’ve done something to deserve it. And meanwhile schools and communities go begging, taxes go up, and the poor and middle class suffer. Every single person who attends ought to be ashamed of themselves…but it seems that shame is beneath them.

  7. Get over it. The weekend is all about building the next year and helping PA get business. You should be happy that people are attending, if not next year could not be good for PA.
    Just because you cant go don’t cry about it… Maybe some of you should get a life… Then you wouldn’t have time to cry about others.

  8. I wonder if any of the candidates for MontCo GOP Chairman will attend? Perhaps someone should ask John Rafferty and Todd Stephens who they’re supporting?

  9. I demand that all political figures be strapped to their desks, day and night, during the holidays while we voice our dissatisfaction with their performance and the government. How dare these politicians act like humans and take time off from work?!? Outlandish that other human beings would even consider a break from work! Why hasn’t Governor Wolf fixed the pothole outside my house yet?? This is an outrage!

  10. I imagine McGinty be sitting near Ed Rendell and mingle with the fracking folks.

  11. A disgusting and elitist tradition that admits PA politicians and judges are owned today, just like in the olden days of robber barons, who started this lovefest for the chance to bribe the govt crooks.

  12. Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania Annual Commonwealth Club Luncheon:
    Special Guest: Donald Trump

    Will Muslims be allowed to attend?

    How about serve drinks or work in the kitchen? (If so, Donald might want to hire a taste-tester.)

  13. Outrageous, Disgusting,Ridiculous,Selfish,Boorish,Uncaring,and Appalling that Republican and Democratic Lawmakers could leave Pennsylvania to go to a four day weekend in New York City to be wined and dined by Special Interests without after 5 months of negotiations a State Budget. Does anyone see the comparison to Nero fiddling while Rome burned. There are real people suffering because of this budget impasse and yet the Political Elite of both Parties believe it is their God given right to attend this freebie Society Gathering. Every politician from the Governor, State Senators, State House Representatives,and Judges that attend this farce should be fired at the ballot box in the next election. Sorry to say all these lawmakers know that the average voter doesn’t know about this New York Getaway or will remember it when it comes time to vote for these sorry assed excuses of public serpents. We really do deserve because of voter apathy the State Government we have. Hard working average Pennsylvanians deserve the attention and respect of these Pennsylvania Lawmakers over these Elitist Society Special Interests Gathering in New York City.

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  15. Millennial Voter-

    The two Comcast events are 12 hours apart. The first one is to install “pods” on the politicians, the second is to test them for control or pick up any stragglers.

  16. Clearly you are all just jelly that no one invited you…..I’ve had my dress picked out for months.

  17. Catherine, I agree with everything you wrote except for your final sentence. The entire set-up of elected officials being wined and dined by companies they’re supposed to be regulating or hiring is offensive. It’s an insult to the residents of the state, which is probably why it takes place in New York.

  18. I am the director of a PA nonprofit that has not received expected funds due to the state budget impasse. On behalf of the 40,000+ people who use our services annually, I am dismayed that this gathering is being held while social services essential to citizen well-being are reduced. Our elected officials need to pass a budget first – and THEN they can party.

  19. Why are there not one but TWO receptions of PA leaders with Comcast? That strikes me as odd and most likely nefarious. Big business boozing up the people who are supposed to represent us. Where are the muckraker journalists who should be charged with keeping folks honest? Also, sidenote: Donald Trump — for real?

  20. Sounds like the most elitist bullsh*t. Get back to crafting law and representing your constituencies

  21. Media — please do your job instead of slurping up the free booze and hors d’oeuvres in New York City next weekend. How about putting together a complete list of every elected official that shows their face at any PA Society event? How about a tally of how much is spent on these lavish soirees? What’s it take to buy a state legislator these days? Would a little editorial outrage be too much to ask?

  22. R Bud Dwyer shot himself in the Head on TV at a Press Conference thanks to what Felon Bob Asher the PA RNC Member got him into .Does anyone out there remember this event if Not you can Watch R Bud Dwyer blow his brains out on U Tube

  23. Will Convicted Felon and Pennsylvania RNC Member Bob Asher of Asher’s Candies be at all of these parties . Judges , Justices and Candidates for both are not allowed to Associate with Convicted Felons yet there in New York they will all be Kissing the Ring of Convicted Felon Bob ( Candy Man ) Asher . All of you people going to all these parties should be ashamed of yourselves for rubbing elbos with Felon Asher and for letting Felon Asher have anything to do with Politics in Pennsylvania . JUST SAY NO to Felon Bob Asher .

  24. “The entire weekend tradition is pathetic, wasteful, and sad. To transport the aristocracy of both parties OUT OF STATE so that they can be wined and dined at a series of swell parties thrown by lobbyists is beyond repugnant. It’s this kind of disgusting behavior that started the French Revolution. Anybody got a guillotine handy? No? How about a ballot box, then? Vote against anyone who attends this sick farce.”

    Thank you MontCo PA Dem – Your’s is the Post of the Year as far as I am concerned.

  25. The stuffing at the local 98 party is one of the greatest things i have ever tasted….RIP

  26. The entire weekend tradition is pathetic, wasteful, and sad. To transport the aristocracy of both parties OUT OF STATE so that they can be wined and dined at a series of swell parties thrown by lobbyists is beyond repugnant. It’s this kind of disgusting behavior that started the French Revolution. Anybody got a guillotine handy? No? How about a ballot box, then? Vote against anyone who attends this sick farce.

  27. If the budget is not signed, sealed and delivered by Friday, any member of the Legislature or staffers or the Governor and any staffers, should be placed under arrest and escorted back to Harrisburg.

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