James and Susanne Wilkinson.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: For Your Eyes Only gala

The sold-out party grossed roughly $1.1 million for the symphony.

1 day ago

 Larry Wetmiller, left, and Joe Calloway with the still.

A rum-tasting event raises funds for Hopital Albert Schweitzer

Roughly 100 patrons came out to Maggie’s Farm in support of Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, raising more than $5,000.

1 day ago

 Nick Payiavlas and Brenda Waters.

Sunflowers, artistic pillows shine light on POWER benefit.

More than 300 guests attended the fundraising auction held at Perlora on the South Side.

1 day ago

 Janera Solomon, Carmen de Lavallade and Clyde Jones.

Private dinner with Carmen de Lavallade

Legendary dancer Carmen De Lavallade lights up Shadyside before “As I Remember It.”

1 day ago

 Elizabeth Wheatley, Julie Eisenhower and Joanne Ostergaard.

Fort Pitt Block House celebrates 250 years

History buffs gathered Downtown to celebrate the Fort Pitt Block House’s 250th anniversary Thursday at the nearby Wyndham Grand Hotel.

1 day ago

 Sally Davis and Lisa Zourelias.

Rooftop Shindig held atop Theatre Square parking garage

Like-minded people gathered to watch “The Big Lebowski,” drink White Russians, wear bathrobes in public and celebrate all things “Dude.”

1 day ago

 Mayor William Peduto  and Caitlin Lasky.

Phipps Conservatory hosts Garden to Plate Dinner

Roughly 130 guests gathered (and bucked the black tie) by showing up in their last-gasp-for-summer garden attire.

1 day ago

 Sister Jeanine Swartzlander and Tom Wiese.

Girls Hope Women's Tournament benefits Girls Hope of Pittsburgh

Nearly 400 women came out to support the cause, enjoying golf, tennis, paddle tennis, bridge and a luncheon at the Pittsburgh Field Club.

1 day ago

 Kristen and Kevin McMahon.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust hosts Jazz Tapestry Gala

More than 400 guests mingled in black-tie at the event held at the O’Reilly Theater.

1 week ago

 Co-chairs Douglas Tjelmeland and John Lamberson.

Fashion show raises funds for Partners for Quality

More than 275 gathered to enjoy cocktails, a silent auction and a fabulous fashion show at the Pittsburgh Fashion Story event.

1 week ago

 Jerry and Wanda MacCleary.

Imani Gala held at the Wyndham Grand

The 12th annual Imani Gala was a black tie blowout that had nearly 400 guests browsing the silent auction and catching up.

1 week ago

 Katie Hughes, left, and her mom, Julie Hughes.

Polo Match at Hartwood Acres raises funds for Family House

Established in 1983, Family House provides housing for families who travel to Pittsburgh for medical treatment.

1 week ago

 Jack Mattachione, whose face was painted by Mollie Himes.

Party at the Pier raises funds for Riverlife

It was a fashion face-off among the roughly 800 guests who came to support the cause at the Rivers Casino riverfront amphitheater.

1 week ago

 Celebrity Judges at Unleashed! Artist Party + Dog Fashion Show were Richard Parsakian, Tracey Turner, Jim Cunningham and Tinsy Labrie.


Dog fashions,  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefit and a red carpet benefit for Starz’s “The Chair.”

1 week ago

 Phil Laboon, CEO of Eyeflow, center, poses with Dr. Jack Demos, founder of Surgicorps, and Linda Esposto, at the LemonAID for Surgicorps event.

South Side entrepreneur turns lemons into LemonAID

Phil Laboon, 32, was set to marry Sunday at the Priory Hotel on the North Side, but life had other plans.

2 weeks ago

 Honorees Pamela and James Johnson, Jr.   #SEENHavingFun

Circle of Courage Awards

The Circle of Courage Awards honor people of faith and courage serving the needs of others in their community

2 weeks ago

 Richard Ernsberger, Amelia Papapetropoulos, Paul Steigerwald and Dennis Gilfoyle.

Junior Achievement hosts fund-raiser at Blue Line Grille

Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students skills that they need to succeed in the workplace.

2 weeks ago

 Carol Lennon and Michael Bowersox of Our Clubhouse, formerly Gilda's Club sit in the largest room of the clubhouse where family and friends can mingle and relax.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Our Clubhouse

Our Clubhouse in the Strip District (formerly Gilda’s Club) provides free support for any child, teen or adult diagnosed with cancer.

2 weeks ago

 Keyvon Austin, Charlie Batch and Ceara Kelso. #SEENInspiring

Friend of Children benefit honors Charlie Batch

Event held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center Inc. in the Hill District.

2 weeks ago

 Julie Butcher Pezzino, Betty Cruz, and Shelly Danko+Day.

Bar Marco raises funds for charities on a weekly basis

No Menu Mondays at Bar Marco support nonprofits

2 weeks ago

 Judy Linaburg poses for a portrait in her Scott Township home.

#ItsGoodtoGive profiles Judy Linaburg

Former model and successful businesswoman, Judy Linaburg, takes pride in giving back to the community.

2 weeks ago

 Fashion designer and artist Jeremy Priola with his mixed media piece “Content” at "Art for the Heart."


Squirrel Hill Center for Rehab & Healing Art for the Heart and Share’s breakfast to commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment.

2 weeks ago

 Dr. Stanley and Nikol Marks.

Orchids in the Moonlight event held at the Fairmont

Ladies Hospital Aid Society raises $100,000 for its Orchid Fund that helps those suffering from hair loss due to chemotherapy.

3 weeks ago

 Corey and Katie O'Connor, Judy O'Connor, Father Terry O'Connor and Heidy O'Connor Garth.

Cookie cruise raises funds for local charities

The 22nd annual Bob O’Connor Cookie Cruise set sail from the Gateway Clipper Docks on Wednesday.

3 weeks ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto serves ice cream to Malena Jones, 5, of Cranberry.

Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae held at the zoo

An estimated 360 gallons of Hagan premium ice cream was enjoyed by all.

3 weeks ago

 Harris and Janet Ferris, Carol Shriber and Chuck Snyder.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre kicks off season at Hartwood Acres

“Ballet Under the Stars” offered a mixed repertoire with the benefits going to the ballet.

3 weeks ago

 Miyoshi Anderson struts down the runway.

Carabella event raises funds for Alzheimer's research

Carabella Oakmont transformed Allegheny River Boulevard on Friday for its ninth annual fashion show.

3 weeks ago

 Jason and Jennifer Pablonis, Shannon Sweeney and Nick Pablonis.

Savor Pittsburgh held at Stage AE

More than 20 restaurants came to compete during Savor Pittsburgh.  Proceeds go to the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.

3 weeks ago

 Tom Slivka, Founder of Looks for Love and representatives of Ladies Hospital Aid Society, June Yonas, Laura Penrod Kronk and Carole Kamin.


A look back at some special parties in August.

3 weeks ago

 Candace Michelle Sarris married Robert "Tino" Rionda III at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg.

#SEENWedding: Chocolate is for Lovers

Candace Sarris, daughter of Bill and Jamie Sarris of Sarris Candy, wed Robert "Tino" Rionda III on Saturday.

4 weeks ago

 The Duquesne Club's Sara Milarski, assistant pastry chef, and Keith Coughenour, executive chef.

SEEN: SWARM celebrates urban beekeeping

Hive325 is the first urban apiary Downtown.  It’s located on the roof of the Duquesne Club.

4 weeks ago

 From left, Kate Parker, Mary Siegel and Lhea  Wiese.

SEEN: First annual Friends at the Tables event

Party at Omni William Penn celebrates Sisters Place.

4 weeks ago

 From left, David Todd, James "Doc" Mendelson and Jessica Kennedy. #SEENInspiring

Seen: Pittsburgh's 50 Finest for 2014

Party at Omni William Penn raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

4 weeks ago

 Darryl Ford Williams, David Solomon and Deb Acklin.

SEEN: WQED's 2014 Emmy Nominations Party

Guests mingled before the nominee announcements for this year's Emmys by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

4 weeks ago

 From left, David Conrad and August Carlino.

Seen: Carrie Deer Party -- A blast at the blast furnaces

Nearly 450 guests attended the party which raised funds for Rivers of Steel.

4 weeks ago

 Franco Harris, Rob Rogers and Dana Franco.

SEEN: 'Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust' comic book launched at ToonSeum event

Comic book is a collaboration between ToonSeum and the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

4 weeks ago

 Scott Bricker and Lena Andrews.

Pittsburgh BikeFest Kick-Off party held in the Strip District

More than 500 attend event that raised funds to support BikePGH.

1 month ago

 Tiffany Casarcia and Debbie DePew.  #SEENchairs

UnWINEd event held at the La Casa Narcisi in West Deer

Wine tasting on a wet night raises funds to fight cancer in children

1 month ago

 Sally Wiggins, left, Animal Rescue League board member and Dan Rossi, executive director of Animal Rescue League.

TRIM Pittsburgh hosts underwear party

Underwear Party raises funds to benefit the Animal Rescue League.

1 month ago

 Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., original members of The 5th Dimension, perform Friday during the fifth aniversary party of Three Rivers Casino.

Rivers Casino celebrates fifth anniversary

It was cheers to five years for Rivers Casino Friday night as 250 guests toasted to mark the occasion.

1 month ago

 Kitty Vagley and Amy Stewart.

'The Drunken Botanist' party for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Amy Stewart, author of "The Drunken Botanist," comes to town to raise funds for the new public garden in Oakdale.

1 month ago

 CLO scholarship luncheon.  From left, Michael Zak, Sarah Krempasky, Neal Bechman, Hannah Lane, Zane Travis, Kyley Klass and Ryan Borgo.

#SEEN Summer party rewind

Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Animal Friends benefit from recent festivities

1 month ago

 Tori Mistick wearing Diana Misetic and Leslie McAllister in Shop JuJu's.

SEEN: Style Social @ The Warhol draws the fashionistas

Roughly 50 fashionistas arrived at The Andy Warhol Museum on Wednesday evening to socialize and take in the Halston exhibit.

1 month ago

 LouAnn Ross, executive director of Jeremiah's Place, in the reading area.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Jeremiah's Place

Crisis child-care center in Larimer is helping ease care issues.

1 month ago

 Interior of Emporio on Penn Avenue, Downtown.

#SEENHotSpot: Sienna Mercato

Sienna Mercato, a stack of three restaurants at 942 Penn Ave. in the Cultural District, has become a hotspot for the fun and fashionable.

1 month ago

 Jenly Deiter of Kelsey Keller Aerial at the National Aviary's Night in the Tropics.

#SEENPartyTrends: Aerial Performers

At parties all around town, from the Heart Ball to the Aviary, aerialists are flying high.

1 month ago

 Viola Valetta and Gisele Fetterman at the Every Child annual luncheon at the LeMont Restaurant on Mt. Washington.  #SEENInspiring

#SEEN: SummerPartyRewind

Every Child’s annual luncheon and a happy hour to benefit Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

1 month ago

 Joseph Nocito Jr. and Alexis Wukich at their wedding. #SEENHavingFun

#SEENWedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Joe Nocito Jr. and Alexis Wukich exchange vows during a lavish local wedding.

1 month ago

 Shellie Hipsky.  #SEENBestGlam

Fabulous Forties event held at the Wyndham Grand

Guests jived back in time Saturday night at the Fabulous Forties Fashion Show and Gala hosted by Shellie Hipsky.

1 month ago

 Anita and Joe Moran with a great horned owl, Merlin.  #SEENChairs

Pittsburgh Zoo’s & PPG Aquarium’s 16th annual Summer Safari.

Summer Safari event plays host to more than 1,500 guests.

1 month ago



Natalie Bencivenga's SEEN documents Pittsburgh social life in all its diversity. Beyond the galas, the glitterati and the glamour, it chronicles the way we live today and the people who are engaged in making this community a vibrant place to live.

A Pittsburgh native who has a master's degree in social work, Ms. Bencivenga ran her own online lifestyle magazine for five years. She is broadening the reach of SEEN by expanding the kinds of events the Post-Gazette covers. She also heavily uses social media to engage readers so that even if they can't be at the party with SEEN, they'll be part of the party.

If you have any events that should be featured in SEEN, contact Ms. Bencivenga at or 412-263-1582. Follow her on Twitter @NBSeen to keep up with #wheresNataliePG.

To Be SEEN Blog


Social register

Send invitations to SEEN, 34 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Email Natalie Bencivenga or fax 412-263-1706.


Sept 15: Our Clubhouse (formerly Gilda’s Club) presents Over the Edge; at Oliver Building;
Sept 15: The Jewish Association on Aging presents The Art of Aging; Heinz History Center;
Sept 17: Our Clubhouse (formerly Gilda’s Club) presents Over the Edge; at Oliver Building;
Sept 17: Angel’s Envy Bourbon Dinner; at Tender 4300 Butler Street;
Sept 18: A White House Dinner in Pittsburgh to benefit Life’sWork of Western PA; Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe;
Sept 18: The New Hazlett Theater presents Salon Noir; at New Hazlett Theater;
Sept 19: Every Child Inc. presents Challenge the Champions; at Wyndham Grand, Pittsburgh Downtown;
Sept 19: Tee It Forward to honor Bob Ford; at Pittsburgh Golf Club;
Sept 19: One Sensational Gala; at Gargaro Theater327 South Main Street, Pittsburgh 15220;
Sept 19-21: Sewickley Show-Antiques Reimagined; at Edgeworth Club, Sewickley;
Sept 20: Butterfly Ball; at Oakmont Country Club;
Sept 20: Chatham Baroque Hits Fox Hunt Farm; at Cindy and Murry Gerber’s private residence in Fox Chapel; for tickets and more information RSVP to
Sept 21: Grow Pittsburgh’s 5th Annual Fundraiser: A Tast of Grow Pittsburgh; at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside;
Sept 21: Walk at the Waterfront & Bridesmaids Parade to benefit Cancer Caring Center; at Towne Square at the Waterfront, Homestead; 412-622-1212
Sept 21: Summer Jamz to support New Horizon Theater; Absolute Ballroom 6617 Hamilton Ave. Pgh Pa 15206; or call 412-431-0773
Sept 23: Women on the Move Luncheon to support cure for Multiple Sclerosis; at LeMont;; 412-261-6347;
Sept 23: United Way of Alleghey County’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast; at Wyndham Grand Hotel; 412-456-6831 or
Sept 24: Wesley Spectrum’s Autumn Night for Autism; at Uptown at 1014 Fifth Ave.;
Sept 24: 100th Anniversary Tea honoring West Penn Hospital Women’s Committee; at Wintergarden of West Penn Hospital; for tickets email or call 412-330-4434
Sept 24: Art on Fire Preview Party; Pittsburgh Glass Center 5472 Penn Ave.; RSVP at or call 412-365-2145 X 206

Sept 24: Quantum Theatre’s Farewell to Tamara; private residence; for tickets 412-362-1713 or
Sept 25: YJCF Fundraiser to provide hope for children of Haiti; Stage AE on the North Shore; 412-999-1489 or email

Sept 25: Green Building Alliance;s Emerald Evening 2014: Legacy & Luminary Awards; Carnegie Mellon Music Hall in Oakland;
Sept 26: Bradford House Museum’s first ever Wine Tasting Event; at Bradford House Museum 175 S. Main Street, Washington PA, 15301; or call 724-222-WINE
Sept. 26: Art on Fire Celebration & Auction; at American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters at Southside Works 77 Hot Metal Street in Pittsburgh;
Sept 27: Hot Pink Pittsburgh to benefit adagiohealth; at Rodef Shalom Temple 4905 Fifth Ave.;
Sept 29: First Annual Golf Fore Families; at Wildwood Golf Club in Allison Park, PA.; 412-766-3860 X 325


Oct 2: SCORE 50th Anniversary Celebration; at Pittsburgh Athletic Association 4215 Fifth Ave. in Oakland; or call 412-395-6560 X 131
Oct 2: Extra Mile Foundation Wine Tasting Event; at Reed Smith; 412-456-3103 or check out
Oct 3: Audia Caring Heritage Association’s 7th annual “A Toast to Italy”; at the George Washington Hotel 60 South Main Street, Washington PA, 15301; 724-484-7700
Oct 3: 3rd Annual Bond Soiree & Global Champagne Party; Perle in Market Square;
Oct 4: Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation Hosts 8th Annual Oldies Dance Fundraiser; at the White Oak American Legion in White Oak; or call 412-872-4125
Oct 9: Wesley Spectrum’s 1st Annual Sporting Clay Shoot; at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort;
Oct 11: Friends of Hartwood hosting Hartwood Fest; at 200 Hartwood Acres;
Oct 11: 45th Focus on Renewal Anniversary Gala; Father Ryan Arts Center 420 Chartiers Ave. McKees Rocks, PA;
Oct 11: Grayscale Gallery Exhibition; Most Wanted Fine Arts Gallery; Admission $5 at door
Oct 17: Frank Conrad Dedication Event; Community LIFE at 301 Meade St. in Wilkinsburg; 412-727-7855
Oct 17: Celebration of Caring to support the Northside Common Ministries food bank; at the Priory; 412-323-1163 or email
Oct 17: Pittsburgh Opera’s 60th Annual Diamond Horseshoe Ball; Omni William Penn Hotel Downtown; 412-281-0912 X 225 or email
Oct 17: St. Anthony’s School Programs Dinner Auction; East Club Lounge of Heinz Field; please call (724) 940-9020 ext. 104 or
Oct 21: 2014 More Than a Meal Gala & Fundraiser for Light of Life; Heinz Field in Club West; 412-803-4138
Oct 23: 6th Annual Celebrating Senior Champions; at Omni William Penn; or call 412-8864-3521
Oct 23: 35th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Corporate Roast, honoring Tom VanKirk; at Heinz History Center; for tickets: 412-204-1216 or Email:
Oct 24: 9th Annual Pink Ribbon Round-Up; Four Points by Sheraton North in Cranberry; or call 412-638-9963
Oct 27: March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction; Westin Convention Center Downtown; 412-505-2200


Nov 1: Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to support Global Links; 700 Trumbull Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205; / 412.361.3424 x203
Nov 1: 75th Anniversary for the Twenty Five Club of Magee Womens Hospital;
Nov 6: Women’s Health Conversations presented by Dr. Vonda Wright; at David Lawrence Convention Center Ballroom;
Nov 8: Red Shoe Ball presents Monte Carlo Night; at Westin Convention Center;
Nov 13: Ladies Hospital Aid Society presents Art in Autumn; Duquesne Club; Contact Dee Dee Troutman 412-648-6106 or
Nov 15: 7th annual Hill of Hope Gala; Marriot city center; or 412-315-0994

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