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December 11, 2006 | By Dianna Marder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The heavyweight pols were there: the governor, the House speaker, Mayor Street, and a host of mayoral contenders. But so were educators. And arts administrators. Humanitarian leaders and corporate executives. People who run nonprofits and public utilities, physicians and hospital administrators, lobbyists, lawyers, and religious leaders. When the Pennsylvania Society convened its 108th annual dinner Saturday night at New York's storied Waldorf-Astoria, it was "not just a political gathering," said executive director Carol Fitzgerald, a hard-driving blend of Ava Gardner and Ethel Merman.
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December 13, 1999 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Pennsylvania politicians gathered here for a weekend of partying at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, there was lots of talk about the Philadelphia mayor's race. In 2003. Democrat John F. Street, winner of a narrow victory over Republican Sam Katz on Nov. 2, hasn't even been sworn in yet. But Republicans were urging Katz to plan for a rematch. They had already given the fight a promotional tag: Street-Katz II. It took two tries for New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican, to beat Democrat David Dinkins.
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December 11, 2005 | By Marcia Gelbart and Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Manhattan at Christmastime was very special last year for John Perzel. Attending Pennsylvania's premier out-of-state political party as the State House speaker, Perzel saw a $55,000 reception thrown for him by a paving contractor, a billboard giant, and 10 other politically connected companies. And this weekend it occurred all over again - not for Perzel this time, but an equally powerful cast of political bigwigs. With all the recent talk about ethical lapses in the Capitol corridors and Philadelphia City Hall, the drive for cleaner government has not reached New York - site of the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering of more than 1,000 politicians, business executives and lobbyists, which will end this morning.
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February 29, 2016
The Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution continued its tradition of celebrating Washington's birthday at a white-tie-optional dinner Feb. 20 at the Union League. In all, 207 guests - members of the Colonial Wars Society, the Color Guard, Colonial Dames, and other invitees - enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, dessert, and dancing to Renaissance in the Lincoln Room. Society president W. Murray Gordon made opening remarks, followed by an invocation by society chaplain G. Clayton Ames III and toasts by vice presidents John M. Blickensderfer, Schuyler C. Wickes, Ben Wolfe, and Michael Whelan.
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September 21, 1993 | By Peter Landry, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If history is the impression left on the collective spirit, there is little doubt what marked the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Wars. On Saturday night the hereditary society will herald its 100th anniversary with a trio of toasts: to the queen of England, to the president of the United States, and to the armed services of then and now. To each, in order, the honor of its time. It will be an elegant occasion for a men's organization whose rolls brim with great Philadelphia names, whose founders included Waynes and Mifflins and more, whose members, even today, must be able to trace their lineage back to leaders of the colonial period before the 1775 Battle of Lexington.
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December 17, 2010 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
With U.S. government auditors demanding answers after years of questionable spending, the Philadelphia Housing Authority sent two officials to New York City last weekend to join the Pennsylvania Society's celebration. A PHA spokeswoman said Thursday that the agency spent $2,515 on travel expenses for Shelley James, an assistant executive director, and Kafi Lindsay, who recently was promoted to senior counsel after serving since 2008 as an assistant to PHA Board Chairman John F. Street.
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December 12, 2008 | By Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Attorney General Tom Corbett gets a posh party thrown for him at a Fifth Avenue apartment. Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan takes guest-of-honor billing at a reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. And Lehigh County executive Don Cunningham is hosting an "Irish tea" at that famed hotel's bar. Like debutantes taking center stage at the ball, Pennsylvania's gubernatorial hopefuls will descend on Manhattan today for the annual Pennsylvania Society event: a weekend of politicking, partying and, perhaps, even some policy-making.
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April 14, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
F. Gardiner Pearson, 98, of Strafford, a longtime research chemist and amateur radio enthusiast, died Wednesday, April 3, of a heart attack at home. Born in 1914 in the Philadelphia suburbs, Mr. Pearson graduated from Episcopal Academy and Haverford College and in 1941 earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, he was hired as a research chemist for the American Viscose Corp., in Marcus Hook, which was later absorbed by FMC Corp., a chemical manufacturing company in Philadelphia.
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April 15, 2013
America's first abolitionist organization was founded in 1775, when a group of Quakers met at the Rising Sun Tavern in Philadelphia. The Quakers had been anti-slavery proponents for some time, having banned its members from enslaving African Americans by the 1770s. From this meeting was borne the Pennsylvania Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage. The society was devoted not only to the abolition of slavery, but also to the social and economic improvement of African Americans.
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December 14, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - For the last two decades, Manhattan billionaire John Catsimatidis has opened the doors of his Fifth Avenue apartment, overlooking Central Park, at Christmastime to toast the biggest names in Pennsylvania politics. This year will be no different. Catsimatidis is hosting a fund-raiser Friday afternoon for Gov. Corbett to start the weekend-long festivities of the Pennsylvania Society, the annual gala for Pennsylvania politicians, who travel to New York City to talk policy, raise cash, and, of course, indulge in wining and dining.
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February 29, 2016
The Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution continued its tradition of celebrating Washington's birthday at a white-tie-optional dinner Feb. 20 at the Union League. In all, 207 guests - members of the Colonial Wars Society, the Color Guard, Colonial Dames, and other invitees - enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, dessert, and dancing to Renaissance in the Lincoln Room. Society president W. Murray Gordon made opening remarks, followed by an invocation by society chaplain G. Clayton Ames III and toasts by vice presidents John M. Blickensderfer, Schuyler C. Wickes, Ben Wolfe, and Michael Whelan.
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December 15, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
NEW YORK - Pennsylvania's simmering race for U.S. Senate came to Manhattan over the weekend. But even with three of the four candidates on hand for the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering, the weekend's big headliner - Donald Trump - cast a shadow. Among many commonwealth Republicans, there was an undercurrent of concern that if Trump leads their presidential ticket next year, he could devastate GOP Sen. Pat Toomey's chances of winning a reelection fight that could help decide control of the Senate.
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December 15, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
The Pennsylvania primary election typically occurs too late in the presidential season to have much influence in nominating a candidate. Nothing about this Republican presidential primary feels typical. Consider Donald Trump, the flame-throwing front-runner who tamed his tone and topics Friday while giving the Pennsylvania Republican Party keynote speech at a luncheon Friday in Manhattan. Trump's staying power at the top of many - but not all - polls has put to rest the previously held notion by many in his party that he was a shooting star passing briefly through the presidential universe.
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December 14, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Jonathan Tamari, and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
NEW YORK - Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Saturday challenged Philadelphia's business and political elite to contribute personally to Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's $60 million goal of providing universal prekindergarten throughout the city. Speaking at the main gala of the annual Pennsylvania Society weekend, he made a broad appeal to the well-heeled crowd, saying that poverty remained a stubborn problem throughout Pennsylvania in spite of the renaissance enjoyed in parts of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
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December 12, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for president, once called the Plaza Hotel in New York City "the ultimate trophy. " That was when he owned it, from 1988 to 1995. The Pennsylvania Republican Party might have seen Trump, who draws large crowds at rallies, as a trophy "headline speaker" for Friday's fund-raising luncheon, held each year at the Plaza during Pennsylvania Society events. The question now: Has Trump tarnished his trophy status with a series of escalatingly provocative comments, culminating in a call to ban Muslims from entering the country?
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December 8, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - For the Pennsylvania political class preparing to engorge on food, drink and gossip at Saturday's annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in New York, the political buffet offers many options. Several high-profile primary races, including for two Congressional seats and maybe the attorney general's office, loom in what promises to be a rollicking election year. But the big headliner is Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, among the most closely watched in the country, and featuring a three-way Democratic primary in a contest that could help decide control of the Senate.
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February 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter Beckett Pakradooni, 75, of Wynnewood, a businessman and contributor to fraternity life in Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Lankenau Hospital of heart failure. Mr. Pakradooni worked in his family's business, International Printing. The business was started in Old City by his grandfather, Haig H. Pakradooni Sr., the Persian consul in Philadelphia. When the firm closed in 1983, the younger Mr. Pakradooni joined Packard Press in Philadelphia, and later, Smith-Edwards-Dunlap Co., where he was vice president until his death.
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December 16, 2014
NEW YORK - It's not unheard of to develop double vision at some point during the annual alcohol-infused Pennsylvania Society weekend. After all, many of the 60-plus receptions, fundraisers, dinners and private parties offer open bars. But this year's 116th gathering of the Keystone State's power elite, elected officials, lobbyists, wannabes and hangers-on included a double-shot of, "Wait, am I seeing two of who I think I'm seeing?" Both cases involved current newsmakers.
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December 14, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
Nelson A. Diaz, a former judge and Philadelphia city solicitor, confirmed Friday night that he will announce his bid for mayor in mid-January. His entrance will bring the Democratic field to five - and make it the first time in modern memory that the list of viable candidates includes two Latinos. Speaking briefly to a reporter at the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in Manhattan, Diaz said: "Yes, I will announce on Jan. 15. " Diaz, 67, will focus on education, said Elliot Curson, a veteran political advertising consultant who has been advising Diaz as he weighed a run over the last several months.
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