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Wolf scraps PA Society party, donates dough to food banks

Democrat Tom Wolf is putting his money where his crudites would go.

Wolf scraps PA Society party, donates dough to food banks

Democrat Tom Wolf is putting his money where his crudites would go.

The York County businessman says instead of holding a fancy party in a gilt-edged suite at the Waldorf-Astoria during the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering next week, he will donate the cash to Pennsylvania food banks instead.

Wolf wrote in a letter that while he always enjoys the event and planned to host a reception this year, after talking it over with his wife Frances, decided to "take a different route."

He said "in the spirit of community and in the spirit of the holiday season he and his wife would be breaking with tradition.

Wolf will instead donate $15,000 to be shared among food pantries serving the poor in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia (Greater Philadelphia Food Bank).

Wolf, who has pledged to invest $10 million of his own money in his primary campaign, says he will still attend the New York event  - must for gubernatorial candidates ahead of an election year.

The Pennsylvania Society gathering, now in its 115th year, is where the elite meet, bringing together several thousand people each year, lawmakers, lobbyists, business leaders and of course, political candidates for a weekend of boozing and schmoozing.

The event features a black-tie gala on Saturday night honoring a prominent Pennsylvanian, this year the award will be bestowed upon Scranton-native, Vice President Joe Biden.

Our colleague John Baer, in his column on Wolf's donation in the Daily News today, revives former Gov. Ed Rendell's idea that maybe it's time for Pennsylvania Society to relocate to, um, Pennsylvania.


 

 

 

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