Wolf Inaugural Committee Details “Let’s Get Started” Inaugural Celebration

January 09, 2015 by Wolf Inaugural Committee

York, PA – Today, the Wolf Inaugural Committee announced additional details regarding the "Let's Get Started" Inaugural Celebration of the 47th Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf. This nighttime celebration will be taking place at the Hershey Lodge on January 20, 2015.

"This night will be a celebration of Pennsylvania's people, talent, cultural significance, and history," said Wolf Inaugural Committee Co-Chair Reid Walsh. "We're excited to give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to welcome a new chapter of our shared history. The celebration will truly be a memorable event for all attendees, and we encourage people from throughout the commonwealth to join us for this momentous occasion."

At the celebration, guests will be able to enjoy two main venue halls, a ballroom and a lounge, decked out with Pennsylvania-inspired decor, refreshments, and entertainment for the entire evening.

The Great American Ballroom will host a dance floor and main stage. The list of party performers include the YWCA York Temple Guard Drill Team, singer and songwriter Valerie Broussard, urban-rock violinist Damien Escobar featuring students from the Milton Hershey School's String Ensemble, and the Philadelphia-based band Dreamtime. The ballroom will also feature special celebration cocktails, the "William Penn" and the "Mount Wolf."

The White Rose Lounge -- inspired by Governor-elect Wolf's home county of York -- will allow celebration attendees to step away from dancing to have a conversation while drinking Pennsylvania-made beer, wine, and the signature inaugural cocktail, "The 47." Historical pictures of York will be displayed throughout the room.

Guests will also have plenty of opportunities to take photos to commemorate the night. In addition to posing for official portraits and in front of backdrops of some of Pennsylvania's favorite landmarks, attendees will be able to smile with a number of the beloved Pennsylvania sports mascots that will be roaming the room.

Throughout the night, food and drinks from across the commonwealth will be served. The Pennsylvania-themed menu will include local favorites such as grilled kielbasa and soft pretzel bites, pierogi and Kennett Square mushroom brandy sauce, hunter's elk meatloaf on potato rolls, grinder bites, and a Lancaster County meat and cheese display.

Desserts will include petit fours, linzer squares, pecan diamonds, chocolate cream tarts, cannolis, cream puffs, macaroons, chocolate nut clusters, chocolate truffles, and a variety of mousse cups.

For a late night treat, guests will be able to grab favorite snacks like hot dogs, potato chips, and ice cream.

 

  • Tickets are required for this event.

  • The dress code calls for celebratory attire. This is not a black-tie event, but guests are welcome to dress however they feel comfortable to attend an evening celebration.
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  • Where:

    The Hershey Lodge
    325 University Drive
    Hershey, PA 17033
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  • When:

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    8:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.
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Performer Biographies

Valerie Broussard

Valerie Broussard was born and raised in Springfield, Pennsylvania, where her first solo singing performance came at age 5, performing Aretha Franklin's "Respect" at her local library's talent show.

After graduating high school, Valerie moved to England and earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from University College London. While in school, she continued to perform in musicals. In her freshman year, she developed an interest in opera and had the opportunity to perform small roles in two professional operas.

During her last year of undergraduate study, Valerie began to write songs. She soon discovered her talent for songwriting. She spent the next summer performing in France and spending quality time back home in Pennsylvania. Valerie graduated and entered a master's degree program at King's College.

Since obtaining her master's degree and returning to America, Valerie has been busy songwriting and has performed in New York City, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, and at the WXPN Beta Hifi Festival in Philadelphia this past August.

Damien Escobar with Students from the Milton Hershey School String Ensemble

Two-time Emmy Award winning artist Damien Escobar is an urban-rock violinist who plays a blend of hip hop and classical melodies. His claim to fame came early on in his teens when he, alongside his brother, appeared on "America's Got Talent" as the group Nuttin' but Stringz. In 2010, the group disbanded, and Damien Escobar has successfully emerged as a solo artist.

Currently, Escobar is appreciating his journey as a solo artist. He will be taking his talents on a nationwide college tour and has a new mixtape slated for release in February of 2015. Escobar has also tapped into the book industry, penning his first children's book entitled "The Sound of Strings."

Escobar, who started his career playing in the subways of New York City, is now an internationally recognized violinist and is accepting invitations to play on some of the biggest stages around the world.

Escobar will be joined by students from the Milton Hershey School String Ensemble. Keeping with Milton and Catherine Hershey's Deed of Trust, the Milton Hershey School nurtures and educates children in social and financial need. Their string program is one example of the many engaging opportunities offered as part of their Visual and Performing Arts Department.

The Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Department of the Milton Hershey School offers a wide variety of classes, activities, and performing opportunities in the arts. The department offers Pre K-12 instruction in Visual Art, Dance, Drama, and Music. The department also includes the Clyde Stacks Art Museum.

Featured Milton Hershey School String Ensemble members include:

Chiemela Anyanwu is a sophomore in her fourth year at Milton Hershey School (MHS). She started playing cello in her hometown of Baltimore, MD, seven years ago. Chiemela currently plays in the string ensemble, choir, and pit orchestras at MHS.

Yanibel Collado has been at Milton Hershey School for four years and is now a senior. She has been playing the violin for eight years and comes from Freeport, NY. Yanibel plays in the string ensemble, marching band, and pit orchestras at MHS.

Stephanie Ferreira is a sophomore who has been at Milton Hershey School for four years. She is from Lebanon, PA, and has been playing the violin for seven years. Stephanie also plays trumpet and guitar and is active with the string ensemble, marching band, jazz band, guitar ensemble, pit orchestra, and praise band at MHS.

Kaity Hwang has been at Milton Hershey School for seven years and is now a senior. She is from Flushing, Queens, NY, and has been playing violin for six years. Kaity also plays guitar and piano and is involved with string ensemble, piano ensemble, pit orchestra, and guitar ensemble at MHS.

Danny Truong is a freshman at Milton Hershey School. He has been playing the viola for the past four years and plays the trombone as well. Danny is active with the string ensemble and band at MHS.

Jennifer Harris has been the string teacher and string ensemble director at the Milton Hershey School for four years. She is from Harrisburg, PA and graduated from West Chester University, where she majored in music education. Jennifer is an active violin and viola performer in the area, playing with the Central Pennsylvania Symphony, Londonderry String Quartet, Ephrata Performing Arts Center, and numerous other theaters.

Dreamtime

Dreamtime has been the Philadelphia region's gold standard in live music entertainment for more than a decade. Under the direction of EBE Events and Entertainment Senior Partner Mike Gendler and their veteran bandleader Joe Napoli, Dreamtime combines the latest Top 40 hits, timeless classics, and just about any musical style in between for thrilling performances. Their dynamic singers combined with world class, energetic rhythm and horn sections make Dreamtime not just a band, but an experience that must be heard to be believed.

Dreamtime has performed previous events for clients such as former President Bill Clinton and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. Dreamtime has also performed for prestigious groups such as The American Red Cross, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Children's Crisis Treatment Center.

YWCA York Temple Guard Drill Team

The York-based Temple Guard Drill Team, under the direction of Mike Smith, has become an inspirational youth program that has continued to grow over the past 14 years. The Temple Guard Drill Team is a mentoring program based on discipline and focus that trains youth in grades K-12 in military-style boot-camp marching and dance to the accompaniment of heart pounding drums. Drill team members practice Tuesday and Thursdays and perform twice a month across the mid-state.

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