Pennsylvania’s leaders will dine in Manhattan this week

Tom Corbett
Gov. Tom Corbett will be honored at the Pennsylvania Society’s annual dinner, held in Manhattan. Courtesy: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Starting tomorrow and running through Saturday, a 115-year-old tradition – The Pennsylvania Society’s annual dinner — will invite leaders from across the city and state to attend a series of dinners, breakfasts, luncheons, and cocktail hours, all held in Midtown Manhattan.

“This dinner is 115 years old. It is our tradition dating back to 1898 to host this dinner of good fellowship and to celebrate the season of peace and joy, to celebrate Pennsylvanians and our commonwealth, in New York, where the dinner was started,” said Carol Fitzgerald, executive director of The Pennsylvania Society.

While the society is not bound in any way to hold events in Pennsylvania, local hospitality industry representatives said that hosting the annual dinner in Philadelphia could be a huge boon to the city.

“We would love to have something like that,” said Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association. “It wold be a great piece of business for Philadelphia in the month of December.”

Part of the appeal of New York is neutrality, according to Fitzgerald.

“We leave our troubles behind us as we travel to New York,” Fitzgerald said. “More is done for Pennsylvanians and Pennsylvania in New York City than could ever be done anywhere else.”

Grose pointed out that members of the society could vote to hold the dinner wherever they like, and suggested that they could switch the location up for neutrality’s sake.

“They could maybe alternate it each year between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh,” Grose said.

At the main dinner hosted at the Waldorf-Astoria on Saturday night, Gov. Tom Corbett will be in attendance and Scranton native Vice President Joe Biden will be honored.

Over the week, the Friends of Darrell Clarke will host a lunch. Temple University will host a brunch. The Penn Club will host a fundraiser for Sen. Bob Casey and a breakfast hosted by University of Pennsylvania president Amy Guttman. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 will host a morning reception.

Other events during the four-day celebration are sponsored by private companies, including energy companies such as CONSOL and NiSource Gas and law firms such as Cozen O’Connor and Dilworth Paxson.

The complete itinerary for this year’s planned events was reported by PoliticsPa.com.

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