Saul Ewing Partner Wendell F. Holland Appointed to The Pennsylvania Society Council
(Philadelphia, PA, December 5, 2012) — Saul Ewing LLP is proud to announce that one of its partners, Wendell F. Holland, has been appointed to serve on the Council for The Pennsylvania Society.
Composed of 25 members from across Pennsylvania, the Council acts as the board of directors for this prestigious organization. The Pennsylvania Society is a non-profit charitable organization that honors achievement, rewards excellence, promotes goodwill and understanding, and celebrates service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and humanity in general.
Council members are Pennsylvanians who have led lives and careers of great accomplishment and who have helped others to find the path to success, as well as the responsibility for service that success entails.
Holland, a partner in Saul Ewing’s Energy and Utilities Practice, is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. He also is a board member of The Bryn Mawr Trust Bank and Aqua America. He said he is deeply honored by the appointment.
“I am humbled by the company I will keep as a member of The Pennsylvania Society Council,” Holland said. “I hope my contributions will live up to its venerable reputation in our state and its tradition of celebrating those who have contributed to positive changes in Pennsylvania.”
The society dates to 1899, when historian and Pennsylvania native James Barr Ferree invited 55 fellow Pennsylvanians, who were living in New York City as he was at the time, to join him for dinner at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The society was born from that event with the goal to unite Pennsylvanians in the “bonds of friendship and devotion to their native or adopted state.”
The Waldorf-Astoria Holiday Dinner continues to this day, with more than 2,000 Pennsylvanians attending each December. Holland himself has attended for more than 20 years. Each year, the organization supports Pennsylvania-based organizations with charitable gifts and bestows a Gold Medal for personal achievement, a Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth Award for public service and a Benjamin Franklin Scholar Award for scholarship. This year’s Gold Medal recipient is movie producer M. Night Shyamalan.