The dinner is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Somerset Masonic Temple.
The newly formed Pennsylvania Coal Alliance is a trade organization representing the interests of more than 250 member companies and 41,000 workers in the coal industry. Prior to his work with the alliance, Pippy served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly for 16 years. He retired in June after nine years as a senator representing the 37th District and eight years in the House of Representatives. Prior to his political career, Pippy worked at U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works in Clairton.
Pippy earned a master's degree in international relations from the Irish American University in Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., with a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering. He holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and served overseas on active duty in Iraq and Kuwait. Pippy has been awarded numerous medals recognizing his military achievements, including the Bronze Star and U.S. Army Engineer Regiment's Bronze De Fluery Medal.
Tickets for the banquet can be reserved by calling Sue Darr at 814-279-0478 by Thursday.