​The Annual Dinner of The Pennsylvania Society, scheduled for December 5th in midtown New York, has been cancelled in light of the global health pandemic. A Gold Medal winner will not be named in 2020. President Edward Sheehan, Jr. says canceling the Annual Dinner was not an easy decision, but it was the only decision. Given all that remains in doubt regarding the severity of the COVID-19 virus this fall and winter, President Sheehan said the leadership Council simply was not comfortable putting members and their guests at risk. 


President Sheehan confirmed that The Pennsylvania Society looks forward to returning to New York in December 2021 and resuming the presentation of a Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement.


Please click here to learn how The Pennsylvania Society intends to salute the extraordinary efforts of Pennsylvania's frontline workers who have worked tirelessly in difficult conditions to keep their fellow Pennsylvanians safe. 


In the past years, the much anticipated annual holiday dinner was held on the second Saturday of December in the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf-Astoria in midtown Manhattan. Traditionally, the governor addresses the gathering, along with the year’s honorees. Tickets may be acquired by contacting the Society office.




The Annual Meeting and Luncheon occurs every spring and is held at places of interest throughout the Commonwealth. This has included the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh, the historic Gettysburg Hotel, the John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, the Hershey Country Club, the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Lancaster County Convention Center and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Attendance is by invitation and reservation.