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.

4 days ago

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


Catch up on other great events happening in December.

4 days ago

 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.

1 week ago

 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.

1 week ago

 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.”

1 week ago

 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,

1 week ago

 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.

2 weeks ago

 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.

2 weeks ago

 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.

2 weeks ago

 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks ago

 A factory farm turkey at Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, a rescue for farm animals founded by Karen Phillips.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Hope Haven Farm

Farm animals get a second chance at Hope Haven Farm, a sanctuary founded by veterinarian Karen Phillips.

3 weeks ago

 Dan and Bonnie Sandman with Sandy and Bill Lambert.

1879 Founders Dinner held at Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center welcomed 150 patrons to the 1879 Founders Dinner as a way to show appreciation.

3 weeks ago

 Jessica Romano, Brett Diamond and Laura Saulson.

'Mockingjay' premiere raises funds for Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Roughly 250 moviegoers eagerly awaited the special premiere of the highly anticipated blockbuster “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I.”

3 weeks ago

 Jabari Weatherspoon, Omega Man of the Year, with Krista Brassell.

Iota Phi Foundation hosts Achievement Awards Dinner

The evening welcomed 280 attendees gathered to recognize outstanding leaders in the community who are making a difference.

3 weeks ago

 Steve and Brenda Schlotterbeck check out a sun conure parrot held by Nikki Majeran.

Allegheny Land Trust hosts anniversary party at the National Aviary

More than 130 guests attended the “Come Fly with Me” event and mingled with feathered friends at the Aviary.

3 weeks ago

 Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony: Ali Sezer and Serif Ali Tekelan.


All around town, there were plenty of great events to enjoy.

3 weeks ago

 Netane Polynesian Productions dancers provide entertainment.

Polamalu's Polynesian Luau

The Westin Convention Center became a fantasy island for more than 450 partygoers who joined Troy and Theodora Polamalu for a luau.

1 month ago

 Joan Turner, Christine McCormick Chopra, Rhonda Gay Hartman and Jill Nolan.

LHAS hosts Art in Autumn event at the Duquesne Club

Roughly $27,000 was raised at the Art for Autumn luncheon at the Duquesne Club on Thursday to help fund the LHAS programs.

1 month ago

 Sgt. Dan Kysela of Scott comes alive for guests at the Cannon Ball at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum.

Cannon Ball raises funds for Soldiers & Sailors

More than 310 guests attended the annual fundraising gala for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland.

1 month ago

 Brenda Tate and Kim Slater-Wood.

Hill of Hope Gala raises funds for the YMCA

Nearly 200 guests attended the Hill of Hope Gala held at the Marriott City Center.

1 month ago

 Christina Weir Ripley, left, and Libby Mascaro, co-chairs

Go Red for Women raises funds for the American Heart Association

About 450 attended the fashion show that raised $50,000 for the cause.

1 month ago

 James Bryant, Val Porter and Brett Spitale.

Chefs create dishes in support of Autism Speaks foundation

Roughly 240 guests tasted their way through town without having to leave the Fairmont’s ballroom on Thursday night.

1 month ago

 Eco Art PGH: From left, Bill Godfrey, Ziggy Sawdust, Carolyn Peeks, State Sen. Jim Ferlo and Tom Bartnik.


Check out this week's #SEENFallPartyRoundUp to learn about other great events happening around town.

1 month ago

 Steve Blass, Ronald McDonald and Mark Giaquinto.

Red Shoe Ball presents Monte Carlo Night

More than 270 partygoers arrived dressed to impress at the Westin Convention Center to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

1 month ago

 Eileen Sharbaugh, Mary Jo Lincoln, LouAnn Ross and LaTrenda Leonard.

Fashionistas! 2014 held at the LeMont

A day of fun, fashion awaited about 250 guests as they arrived to shop to help support Jeremiah’s Place and the Family Life Fund.

1 month ago

 Baron Batch with his painting "Pittsburgh is Changing" at Studio A.M. in Homestead.

West to East: An Art Exhibit

Studio A.M. held West to East: An Art Exhibit in Homestead on Nov. 2. showcasing work by Baron Batch and Colleen Allison.

1 month ago

  Amy Looney and Brig. Gen. Dave Papak, USMC.

31 Heroes hosts Pittsburgh Pays Tribute

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Music Hall Foyer was filled with guests honoring U.S. military heroes and their families.

1 month ago

 Sally Wiggin, Voni Woods and Dr. Vonda Wright.

Women's Health Conversations held at the Westin

More than 600 guests came to the Westin Downtown to talk about health and wellness at the second annual Women’s Health Conversations.

1 month ago

 Sister Linda Yankoski and Greta Rooney.

Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage House luncheon

Sean Spence, Steelers linebacker received the Ed Block Courage Award at the the 22nd annual Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage House Luncheon.

1 month ago

 Dr. Norman Wolmark and Eva Blum.

A Pointe in Time Ball held at the Westin Convention Center

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre put on an enchanted evening for more than 500 glamorous guests on Saturday.

1 month ago

 Rowna Sutin, Kathleen Hower and Stu Sutin.

Global Links hosts Day of the Dead party

Global Links honored 25 years of service with a wickedly fun Day of the Dead party.

1 month ago

 Andrew the Impaled (aka Andrew Lasswell) performs some fire art.

PICT hosts a 'spooky' good time at J. Verno Studios

“Witches and Wizards” gala attracts partygoers to the South Side.

1 month ago

 Robin Nicholson and Grace Dickerson with the painting, "The Goldfish" (1904).

Curran exhibit opens at the Frick

More than 350 guests attended the opening of “Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal.”

1 month ago

 Kathleen Hess,  Debbie Barbarita and  Jeanne Caligiuri.

The 25 Club celebrates 75 years of service

The 25 Club celebrated at the Omni William Penn on Saturday night by pledging $500,000 to pre-natal and neonatal care and research,

1 month ago

 Dina Clark, Jackie Simon, Peg Rosenzweig and Magdeline E Jensen.

YWCA’s Racial Justice Awards Luncheon

The 23rd annual YWCA’s Racial Justice Awards Luncheon celebrates those who are helping to eliminate racism and empower women in Pittsburgh.

1 month ago

 Phat Man Dee sings.

barebones’ ‘Rocky Horror’ fund-raiser

The  barebones productions fund-raiser combined a screening and live performances of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for a ghoulish good

1 month ago

 Pink Ribbon Round-up: Perry and Claudia Johnson with son Alex.

#SEEN Fall Party Round-Up

Catch up on more fun fall festivities in this week’s #SEENFallPartyRoundUp.

1 month ago

 Kelvin Beachum and Cam Heyward.

Steelers Nation: Black & Gold Style hosts fashion show

Fashion show raises funds for Cancer Caring Center and UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.

1 month ago

 Tom VanKirk, Jan Glick and Seth Corbin.

Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts corporate roast

More than 215 guests attended the BBBS roast at the Heinz History Center and raised roughly $209,000 for the charity.

1 month ago

 Morgan O’Brien, Charlie Batch and Don Block.

Leaders for Literacy Luncheon held at Fairmont

The Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council welcomed 300 guests to a luncheon at the Fairmont on Oct. 17.

1 month ago

 Tunch Ilkin, Craig Schweiger and Craig Wolfley.

Gala raises funds for Light of Life Rescue Mission

Former Pittsburgh Steelers and current radio sportscasters Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley hosted the "More than a Meal" gala.

1 month ago

 Warren Curd, Essel Emve and Adele Morelli.

La Passerelle Art Show

French artist Essel Emve premiered her new work inspired by the bridges of Pittsburgh at Boutique La Passerelle, on Wood Street, Downtown.

1 month ago

 Dr. Terry Starz and Rich Riazzi.

Bone Bash Carnival Gala held at J. Verno Studios

The Arthritis Foundation held a Bone Bash Carnival Gala which helped raise more than $85,000 for the cause.

1 month ago

 Standing Up for Standing Firm: Lynette Lederman, Susan Koeppen and Kathy Lederman.


Check out this week's #SEENFallPartyRoundUp to learn about other great events happening around town.

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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.

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Dec 27:16th annual Western Pennsylvania’s All Service Academies Ball; Westin Downtown;
Dec. 31: Pittsburgh Opera’s New Year’s Event Celebration; at Carnegie Music Hall Oakland; or call 412-281-0912 X 225
Dec. 31: Secret Masquerade Society’s NYE Soiree; at The Smart House Mansion;


Jan. 8: 27th annual Cummerbund Society Meeting; at Duquesne Club; 412-882-9002
Jan. 10: Chatham Baroque’s 16th annual Twelfth Night Gala; at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Center; 412-687-1788 or
Jan 16: Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh presents Burns Bash; The Pittsburgh Golf Club; or call 412-622-5772
Jan 31: Shady Lane A is for Art fundraiser; at 201 N. Braddock Ave.;


Partners for Quality 16th annual Heart of Caring; Embassy Suites Hotel at Pittsburgh Airport; 412-226-0702 or visit
Feb. 21: Autism Connection of PA Gala; at Phipps Conservatory; or 412-781-4116


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;
March 12: Crossroads: A One-Day Conference for Women presented by the Women and Girls Foundation of PA; at Wyndham Grand Hotel Downtown;
March 15: A Chocolate Sunday to benefit McGuire Memorial’s Special People; at Seven Oaks Country Club in Beaver, PA; 724-847-2692
Mar 21: Achieva’s Pittsburgh Promenade; at Westin Convention Center;


April 16: An Affair to Care to benefit Family Resources; at 1425 Forbes Ave.;
Apr 18: JDRF’s Rainbow Gala; Westin Convention Center;

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