PA Society displays diversity; Philadelphia Councilman festively fellowships with politicos, industry leaders of color

Honoring the emergence of bipartisan leaders of color in Pennsylvania and New York, Philadelphia City Councilman At-Large, Derek Green, recently hosted the 7th Annual The League of 1789 Pennsylvania Society (PA Society) reception.

“It is important that we acknowledge diverse officials who are indispensable to the community for which they serve,” said Councilman Green, a PA Society member and counsel with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel.

“Thank you to our sponsors and invited guests for attending our 7th Annual The League of 1789 PA Society reception.”

Speaking on the origin of The League of 1789 reception, Councilman Green said he and supporters of the social gathering celebrated diversity and leadership by recognizing the achievements of Montgomery County Commissioner, Kenneth Lawrence Jr., and New York City Deputy Mayor, Richard Buery.

“I am honored to be included in this event recognizing a long history of leadership and diversity,” said Lawrence, Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners.

“Organizations like The League of 1789 recognize the importance of bringing all people to the table and inspiring a new generation of leaders,” said Lawrence, who was honored by fellow political, civic and business leaders from all over the Mid-Atlantic region.

Formed in 2010, The League of 1789 — a bipartisan and unincorporated group under the auspice of The PA Society — set out to honor the efforts of an earlier generation that formed a new nation (America) and its connection between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New York.

In 1789, General George Washington was inaugurated as President at Federal Hall in New York City and, during the course of that year, the nation’s Capital began a transition to Philadelphia.

More than 150 elected officials and industry leaders of color, primarily from the Greater Philadelphia Region, interacted with Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, and Pennsylvania Speaker of House of Representatives, Mike Turzai, at the luxurious Kimberly Hotel.

Councilman Green graciously embraced representatives of sponsoring companies including Coca-Cola, PHMC, Ahmad Zaffarese Law, StoneRidge PMG Advisors, WES Health System, Greenberg Trauig, Loop Capital, Hardwick Law LLC, Cozen O’Conner, Dilworth Paxson LLP, CH2M, Janney, Lyft, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC, and Vertex Financial.

Acknowledging the historical implications and spirit of Washington’s leadership, Councilman Green led a committee of PA Society members united to host the invitation-only reception as part of the storied annual weekend of fellowship.

A member of the legislative and executive arm of government for the third largest county in Pennsylvania — the Philadelphia suburb is home to more than 820,000 residents — Lawrence said he is “excited” and “proud” to be associated in such a manner with his long-time colleague and friend, Councilman Green.

“It was our pleasure to honor two dynamic officials for their public service,” Councilman Green said referring to Commissioner Lawrence and Deputy Mayor Buery.

“We look forward to next year!”

With more than 2,000 members in The Commonwealth, throughout the United States and the world, the PA Society was founded to encourage the ideals of William Penn, founder of the Province of Pennsylvania.

Throughout the PA Society Weekend of breakfasts, cocktails, and dinners, many attendees of the buffet of related engagements discussed the groundwork for next year’s Pennsylvania Governor and Senate elections, and how the election of President Trump has changed politics in Pennsylvania.

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to be in the presence of some of Pennsylvania’s most influential people,” said Erick Woods.

Attending a PA Society event for the first time after years of community engagement through basketball, Woods, a Delaware County resident and Co-Founder of Give-N-Go Basketball Charities, said he too is “looking forward to next year’s events.”

“Councilman Green is doing great work throughout Philadelphia. His leadership is that of national, international statue and this ‘League of 1789’ reception is a reflection of that,” said Woods.

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