December 11, 2006 |
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.
December 13, 1999 |
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.
December 11, 2005 |
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.
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.
September 21, 1993 |
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.
December 17, 2010 |
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.
December 12, 2008 |
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.
October 5, 2010 |
Top managers at the Delaware River Port Authority ran up corporate credit-card expenses of $38,167 in 13 months, DRPA records show. The expenses included $500-a-night lodging at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City for two executives to attend the Pennsylvania Society gala, an annual meeting of Pennsylvania politicians and power-brokers. In March, two executives charged $4,666 to attend a cruise-ship convention in Miami. On other trips, three executives went to Miami and Seattle last October in pursuit of cruise-ship business, putting $2,325 on their cards, primarily for lodging and dining.
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.
December 14, 2013 |
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.