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 Henry Fiedler, Prince Charming, dances with Cinderella, Mackenzie Haney.

The 89th annual Cinderella Ball held at the Omni William Penn

Natalie Bencivenga’s SEEN: The Cinderella Ball at the Omni William Penn Grand Ballroom was a flurry of excitement (and puffy white dresses).

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 Dawn Keezer, Rich Fitzgerald, Matthew and Jessica Rhenish and Russ Streiner.

Pittsburgh Film Office hosts pre-Oscars celebration

Lots of fun was to be had at J. Verno in the South Side where the Pittsburgh Film Office held its annual pre-Oscars celebration.

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 Gladys Bettis with her son Jerome Bettis. #SEENInspiring

Triple Indulgence event raises funds for breast cancer

Jerome Bettis hosted the first Triple Indulgence event at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore in support of his mother, Gladys.

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 From left, hotel manager Rob Mallinger, Kimpton Hotels CEO Mike DeFrino and sales director Susan Randolph toast the opening of the company's Hotel Monaco at 620 William Penn Place, Downtown.

#SEEN: Hotel Monaco dedication in Downtown Pittsburgh

Hotel Monaco, Downtown, is up and running and soon to be a favorite new hot spot for the chic and fabulous of Pittsburgh.

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 Keelah Rooke, 8, tries on the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday crown she made during  the Martin Luther King Jr birthday celebration in the Mattress Factory.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day birthday bash

The Mattress Factory celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday with a kid-friendly party.

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 Bagpiper Bud Brizuela leads Pittsburgh Golf Club Executive Chef Mike Wagner, carrying the haggis.

Burns Bash held at Pittsburgh Golf Club

Roughly 100 partygoers enjoyed Scottish fun and fare at the 2nd annual Burns Bash to support the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

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 Mitch Zychowski Jr. founded the nonprofit Feed My Sheep Association.

#ItsGoodToGive: Mitch Zychowski Jr.

Mitch Zychowski Jr. created a faith-based non-profit in Costa Rica to improve the lives of impoverished families.

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 Doris Carson Williams and her sister Rhonda Carson Leach.

Leadership Pittsburgh’s 4th annual Champagne Alumni Lunch

A sold-out crowd attended the fourth annual Leadership Pittsburgh Alumni Lunch.

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 Stephen Schultz, Andrew Fouts, Patricia Halverson and Scott Pauley.

Chatham Baroque hosts Twelfth Night Gala

Partygoers donned #funerealchic attire for Chatham Baroque’s 16th annual gala.

2 weeks ago


 From left, Chuck Voelker, Frank Marmion, Mac McIlrath and Jim Smith.

27th annual Cummerbund Society Meeting

Cummerbund Society has been playing pool and raising money for Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC for 27 years.

2 weeks ago


 Fire Walk With Me and the Forty-Third Street cocktails at Tender Bar + Kitchen in Lawrenceville.

#SEENHotSpot: Tender Bar + Kitchen

Former bank building in Lawrenceville becomes a Pittsburgh hot spot as a cocktail bar.

2 weeks ago


 Nadine Bognar with John and Virginia DiPucci.

Pittsburgh Opera once again hosts New Year's Eve Gala

A fabulous evening of cocktails, dinner and lively entertainment awaited partygoers at the Pittsburgh Opera’s New Year’s Eve Gala.

3 weeks ago


 Fred and Lana Neumeyer and George Nun.

Secret Masquerade Society hosts event on Mount Washington

An eclectic crowd of Pittsburghers rang in the new year in style at the Secret Masquerade Society’s New Year’s Eve Soiree.

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 Thank you!

#SEENSocialTrends: The lost art of the thank you card

Here are easy, quick ways to show your gratitude in Pittsburgh -- the old-fashioned way.

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 Pittsburgh Symphony Gala: For Your Eyes Only.  Elisa-Marie Alaio as part of the express girls performing at the Pittsburgh Fairmont.

SEEN: Pittsburgh's best events of 2014

A look back at some of the year’s best party moments.

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 Cadet Sgt. Sean Thorpe, Pvt. Annalee Tokarsky, Cadet Capt. Jon Lindefjeld and Cadet Corporal Ryan Sanguigni.

2014 All Service Academies Ball

Nearly 200 cadets, family members and veterans of the armed services were decked out in dress uniforms, gowns and black tie for the ball.

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 Margaux Wilson,  Madison Morrissey,  Candace Burgess  and  Martha Yanders.

2014 Pittsburgh Jack and Jill Ball

Jack and Jill of America Inc. is the largest and oldest African-American family organization in the country.

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 Jay Poliziani at Northside Common Ministries.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Northside Common Ministries

Since 1982, Northside Common Ministries has been helping those in the community who are struggling. From putting food on the table to a

4 weeks ago


#SEENPartyPreview: Things to do in Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Two great party options for New Year’s Eve.

1 month ago


 Melanie Crockard.

Here’s looking at you: Pittsburgh's best dressed in 2014

Pittsburghers brought the fashion hits, one party at a time!

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 Mentor Stephanie with mentee Kenay, who have been matched for more than a year, at Stephanie's graduate school graduation.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Amachi Pittsburgh

Amachi Pittsburgh aims to break the cycle of generational incarceration by supporting children who have a parent in jail.

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 Ellen Roth and Dr. Loren Roth.

'Ten Fingers Touching' book launch

More than 120 guests came out to celebrate Ellen Roth’s debut novella, “Ten Fingers Touching,”

1 month ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, from left, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and former Gov. Ed Rendell chat during a reception held by the mayor and county executive at Inside Park at St. Bart's in New York City.

Natalie Bencivenga's #SEEN: Pittsburghers in New York City

Over the weekend, Pittsburghers attended parties in New York. Learn more about events and partygoers in SEEN column.

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 The Notre Dame mascot attends the Pennsylvania Society Gala honoring Jim Rohr, a Notre Dame alumni, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

The Pennsylvania Society hosts its 116th annual gala

More than 1,500 guests attended the 116th annual Pennsylvania Society Gala which honored Jim Rohr, former chairman of PNC.

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 Jay Cleveland Jr., left, with Diane and Clifford Rowe Jr., at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC cocktail party at the W Hotel in New York City.

New York parties filled with Pittsburgh guests

Friday night, Pittsburghers attending the Pennsylvania Society’s Gala enjoyed parties in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria and surrounds.

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 Joan Mills, manager of A Child's Place at Pittsburgh Mercy Health System poses with an elf, played by Peter Hughes and Sister Susan Welsh, right, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System.

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System holds 11th annual Reindeer Ball

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s 11th annual Reindeer Ball was a sellout with 500 guests, raising more than $100,000.

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 Urban League Gala: Jody Doherty, Judith Davenport, Esther Bush and Annie Hanna Cestra.

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 Rev. Shanea Leonard and La'Tasha Mayes.

Living Our Legacy: New Voices Pittsburgh celebrates 10 Years

Roughly 200 partygoers helped make HERstory by celebrating New Voices Pittsburgh’s 10 year anniversary at The Warhol Museum.

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 Melissa Ferrari and Jo Ellen Parker.

Winter wonders at the Carnegie

More than 400 partygoers celebrate the opening of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Winter Wonders tree exhibit.

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 Suzanne Karlovich, Patti Matty Blenko and Clare Donahue.

CLO Guild’s ‘Parisian Chic’ held at the LeMont

A little bit of Paris came to Pittsburgh during the CLO Guild’s annual Holiday Party, “Parisian Chic.”

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 Meryl Hellring and Rosemary Mendel.

Imagine Nation Ungala

The 20th anniversary of Tickets for Kids Charities, “Imagine Nation Ungala,” was celebrated at Inventionland in RIDC Park, O’Hara,

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 Barbara Fisher and Honoree Richard B. Fisher

YMCA’s Season of Giving Gala

Richard B. Fisher is honored during the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s Season of Giving Gala.

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 Lt. Matt Porter of the Port Authority Police and Special Olympian Michael Maker, 23, celebrate after making the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge in the Ohio River on Saturday.

Pittsburgh Polar Plunge raises funds for Special Olympics

Pittsburgh Police Commander Scott Schubert again led the top team from Zone 6, helping to raise more than $400,000 for Special Olympics.

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 Sarah Hanna White, Bishop David Zubik and Rebecca Freyvogel Mousseau.

The 51st Medallion Ball held at the Wyndham Grand

Excitement ran high in a sea of white gowns as 122 Medallion candidates celebrated the completion of more than 23,000 volunteer hours.

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 The C Street Band performs at the Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash concert.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater event celebrates life of jazz legend

Roughly 200 guests gathered to celebrate the 99th birthday of jazz legend and KST namesake, Billy Strayhorn on Saturday night.

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 Tickets for Kids.

#SEENPartyPreview: Tickets for Kids 20th Anniversary Celebration

Tickets for Kids is an organization that has given away more than $40 million dollars in tickets to underserved and at-risk children.

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 Thomas Jamison of Dream Cream on Liberty Ave.

#ItsGoodToGive: Thomas Jamison

#ItsGoodtoGive features local people giving back in big and small ways in the ’Burgh.

1 month ago


 Manfred Honeck with Marina Lehn in her home the Negley-Gwinner-Harter house on the Shadyside Splendor, a walking tour to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Shadyside mansions open to raise funds for the PSO

The Pittsburgh Symphony Association’s first event to benefit the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brought roughly 2,000 visitors.

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ABOUT SEEN

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 nbencivenga@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1582. Follow her on Twitter @NBSeen to keep up with #wheresNataliePG.


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JAN

Jan. 19: Mattress Factory Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Birthday Bash; at Mattress Factory; mattress.org or call 412-231-3169
Jan 20: Attack Theatre’s Happy Hour at Social; Social at Bakery Square; www.bakerysocial.com/
Jan 23: 1st annual Triple Indulgence: A Jewelry, Wine & Chocolate Event to benefit Magee Womens Research Institute with special guest Jerome Bettis; 412-639-1198
Jan 24: 89th annual Cinderella Ball; at Omni William Penn; 412-731-5562
Jan 24: Club Jerfferson Gala 2015: British Invasion; at Heinz Field-East Club Lounge; www.ahn.org/jeffersongala
Jan 31: Shady Lane A is for Art fundraiser; at 201 N. Braddock Ave.; rachelschlosser@gmail.com


FEB

Feb 7: First annual “Once Upon an Adventure” for children 10 and under; at Bower Hill Community Church; mljwc.yapsody.com
Feb 8: Urban League Sunday; at August Wilson Center; free to public
Feb 12: 2015 Pittsburgh International Auto Show’s Red CARPet Charity Premiere; at David L. Lawrence Convention Center; 412-963-8909
Feb. 13: Partners for Quality 16th annual Heart of Caring; Embassy Suites Hotel at Pittsburgh Airport; 412-226-0702 or visit www.pfq.org
Feb 19: WQED’s premiere of “August Wilson: the ground on which i stand”; at the August Wilson Center; invitation only. Contact 412-622-1514
Feb. 21: Autism Connection of PA Gala; at Phipps Conservatory; www.autsimofpa.org or 412-781-4116
Feb 26: 2015 Lending Hearts Gala: Enchanting the live of kids with cancer; LeMont on Mount Washington; showclix.com/event/LendingHearts2015Gala


MARCH

March 7: Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club 18th Annual Charity Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” to benefit the Education Partnership; at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland; www.theeducationpartnership.org/
Mar 7: Arts for Autism Event; at Kelly Strayhorn Theater; http://afapgh.org/
March 10: Crossroads: A One-Day Conference for Women presented by the Women and Girls Foundation of PA; at Wyndham Grand Hotel Downtown; www.wgfpa.org
Mar 11: 11th annual Pittsburgh Muscle Team event to support Muscular Dystrophy Association; Heinz Field; www.pittsburghmuscleteam.org
Mar 12: Sarah Heinz House Steak & Burger Dinner; at PNC Park Hall of Fame; sarahheinzhouse.com
March 15: A Chocolate Sunday to benefit McGuire Memorial’s Special People; at Seven Oaks Country Club in Beaver, PA; 724-847-2692
Mar 17: The American Ireland Fund Dinner; Heinz Field East Club Lounge; www.theirelandfund.org or call 412-207-0760
Mar 21: Achieva’s Pittsburgh Promenade; at Westin Convention Center; www.achieva.info
Mar 21: Red Cross Ball; Omni William Penn; www.redcross.org/pa/pittsburgh/news-events/events
Mar. 26: 29th annual Pittsburgh AIDS Taskforce Benefit; at J. Verno Studios; www.patf.org/


APRIL

April 16: An Affair to Care to benefit Family Resources; at 1425 Forbes Ave.; www.familyresourcesofpa.org
Apr 18: JDRF’s Rainbow Gala; Westin Convention Center; https://jdrf-westernpa.ejoinme.org/RainbowGala2015
Apr 18: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s Denim & Diamonds; at Greensburg Country Club; 724-837-1850

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