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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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

 Erika Hennings, left, and Rachael Crossman, from Opera Theater of Pittsburgh SummerFest, perform "Karaoke Catastrophe."

Happy Hour! Pop-Up Opera hits Downtown

Unsuspecting restaurant patrons were happily surprised by 5-minute performances by Pittsburgh Opera company’s young artists.

1 month ago

 Vegan Pittsburgh member Niki Penberg.

Pittsburgh Vegan Festival Summer Edition!

Roughly 500 people enjoyed different vegan vendors from around the city at the event held at the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church.

1 month ago

 Saleem and Patti Ghubril with Pam and Ken McCrory.

Pittsburgh Promise: Fireworks on Mt. Washington

Pam and Ken McCrory hosted roughly 50 guests in their home to raise awareness for the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.

1 month ago

 Dee Dee Troutman, Debbie Mancuso and Carole Kamin.

The 3rd Wild Orchid Party held at Skybar

The Wild Orchid Party hosted by the Ladies Hospital Aid Society raised roughly $25,000.

1 month ago

 Jane Broeren, Deb Smit and Beth Evans.


Another look at some recent summer parties.

1 month ago

 Maggie and John Schmotzer.

Vintage Grand Prix Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala

The event raised an estimated $95,000 to benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.

1 month ago

 Party invitations

#SEENSocialTrends: Répondez s'il vous plaît

How Pittsburgh sends party invitations and responds to them varies by event and generation.

1 month ago

 Thommy Conro and Veronica Corpuz.

2014 Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh event supports Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The August Wilson Center welcomed roughly 750 partygoers to the bohemian-in-the-tropics-styled party Friday.

1 month ago

 Jane and Michael Dixon with Benito, a hyacinth macaw.

National Aviary's Night in the Tropics

Roughly 1,000 partygoers flocked to the National Aviary on the North Side on Saturday night for a fire-themed tropical party..

1 month ago

 State Sen. Wayne Fontana and Natalie Cox.

EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta VIP Party

Partygoers gather along the Allegheny Steps Riverwalk to celebrate the 2014 Three Rivers Regatta.

1 month ago

 Bob Sendall.

#SEENSocialTrends: Party Planning

Pittsburgh's Bob Sendall, caterer extraordinaire, gives five tips for the best summer party.

1 month ago

 Emily Peachey.

#SEENRisingStar: Emily Peachey

Pittsburgh's Emily Peachey was headed to law school when the acting bug changed her course.

1 month ago

 From left, front row, Ezzynce, 9, DeLana, 9, Tahira, 8, Shakyna, 10, Au'Nae, 11, and back row, Rylee, 12, Jordan, 11, Rayquel, 13, Loren, 12, and Victory, 11, at Gwen's Girls.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Gwen's Girls

Gwen's Girls in Pittsburgh aims to provide a safety net for girls and women in difficult circumstances.

1 month ago

 Co-owner B. DeFrancis with bartender Kristy Martin.

#SEENHotSpot: Altius

Pittsburgh's new chic dining spot Altius aims to elevate dining to a new level.

1 month ago

 Dr. George and Rebekah Mazariegos.

Diamonds & Denim event benefits Children's Hospital

South Beach came to Downtown’‍s Market Square on Saturday night to benefit Children's Hospital.

1 month ago

 Joyce Bender, Angela Reynolds and Khrysta Brown. #SEENInspiring

Private donors reception to support Project SERVE

Project SERVE supports veterans and their families.

1 month ago

 Bishop David Zubik, Joanne Rogers and Bill Strickland.

Pursuer of Peace Award posthumously given to Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers was posthumously honored with the Pursuer of Peace Award on June 22.  His widow, Joanne, accepted the award.

1 month ago

 Sy Holzer with Laura Karet.

Person of Vision celebration held at Heinz Field Club East

More than 200 guests came out to honor Giant Eagle CEO Laura Karet at the Heinz Field East Club Lounge, North Shore.

1 month ago

 Sarah Hall and Robert Flynn Johnson.

Opening Celebration of Degas exhibit held at the Frick

The opening exhibit of Edgar Degas at the Frick Art & Historical Center drew a crowd of nearly 550.

1 month ago

 From left,  Kevion Latham, Antonio Quarterman and Brandon Hudson of WPXI.

Every Child Inc.’s 'Executives Got Talent!' held at the Pittsburgh Improv

Six nonprofit executives showcased their hidden talents at Every Child Inc.’s Executives Got Talent! event.

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.


Aug 14: Friends at the Table celebrates Sisters Place 20th Anniversary; at Omni William Penn Hotel;
Aug. 14: Cystic Fibrosis’ 50 Finest Award Dinner; at Omni William Penn;
Aug 14: Youth Jazz Workshop to “Keep Jazz Alive”; Penn Ave Parklet (743 Penn Ave); 412-727-7855 or email
Aug 16: Save the Carrie Deer Event; at Carrie Furnaces in Rankin;
Aug 17: Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae; Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Aug 17: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Ballet Under the Stars; Hartwood Acres; 412-454-9138 or email
Aug. 18: ACHIEVA’s 16th Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing; Valley Brook Country Club, McMurray; 412-995-5000 X 526 or email
Aug 20: 22nd Annual Bob O'Connor Cookie Cruise; at Gateway Clipper Fleet, Station Square Dock;
Aug 21: 9th Annual Savor Pittsburgh Event to benefit Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation; at Stage AE on the North Shore;
Aug. 22: Carabella Fashion Show to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association; in Oakmont on Allegheny River Blvd;
Aug 22: 4th Annual Alfesco Italian Garden Dinner to benefit Fern Hollow Nature Center; 1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley Heights; 412-741-6136;
Aug 23: Ladies Hospital Aid Society presents Orchids in the Moonlight; at the Fairmont Hotel; or call 412-648-6106 for ticket inquiries.
Aug 26: 6th Annual Breakfast at the Rivers Club to celebrate the 94th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment; Rivers Club, Oxford Centre Downtown; or call 412-480-5247
Aug 27: Junior Achievement Guest Bartending Event: “Pittsburgh’s Golden Ticket”; at Blue Line Grill downtown;
Aug 29: Pittsburgh Circle of Courage Awards; at Doubletree Hotel, Monroeville; 412-471-4332
Aug 31: LemonAID: A Fundraising Event for Surgicorps International; Grand Hall at the Priory;


Sept 3: Greater Pittsburgh Art Council Announces: Unleashed! Artist Party and Dog Fashion Show; at New Hazlett Theatre; or 412-391-2060 x227
Sept 5: Partner’s for Quality 11th Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story; At Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University; 412-446-0702 or
Sept 5: Riverlife’s Party at the Pier Gold & Glam; at 777 Casino Drive, North Shore; 412-258-6636 X 105 or
Sept 5: Point Park University’s Season Opening Celebration “Of Mice and Men”; at Pittsburgh Playhouse; and 412-392-8114
Sept 5: Harvard-Yale-Princeton Jazz Supper Club Event open to the public; at Aleegheny_HVP Club 619 William Penn Place; 412-471-1212
Sept. 6: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gala; at 7th & Penn Avenue Tent; contact Denice Shilling at or 412-471-1497
Sept 6: Family House & Fifth Third Bank Host 31st Annual Family House Polo Match; at Hartwood Acres;
Sept 6: 12th Annual Imani Gala; Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel;
Sept 7: Partners in Progress Celebration; at Duquesne University’s Bayer Building Rotunda;
Sept 7: Phipps hosts Garden to Plate Dinner; at Phipps Conservatory; or call Cherise Clark at 412-622-6915 x3966
Sept 9: Corks, Canvas & Acoustics to benefit The Woodlands; at Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia; or call 724-935-6533
Sept 10: 6th Annual Sunflower POWER Event; at PerLora, 2220 East Carson Street, South Side; or call 412-243-7535 X 223
Sept 11: First Annual 5K RUM: A Rum-Tasting Party to benefit HAS (Hopital Albert Schweitzer) in Haiti; at Maggie’s Farm 3212A Smallman St. in Pittsburgh;
Sept 11: Julie Eisenhower to speak at the Fort Pitt Block House’s 250th Anniversary Celebration; at Fort Pitt Block House; free to public and for details:
Sept 12-13: Carmen de Lavalldae: As I Remember It; Kelly Strayhorn Theatrer; or call 412-363-3000
Sept 13: Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute Celebrates 50 Years with Gala; at East End Cooperative Ministry Community House in East Liberty; or by phone at 412-661-1239.
Sept 13: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s: For Your Eyes Only; beginning at Duquesne Club ending at Fairmont; 412-392-6070
Sept 13-14: Thrival Innovation + Music Festival; Bakery Square;
Sept 14: A New Vision for Denis Theatre’s Mimosa Brunch; private residence in Mount Lebanon; for information and tickets contact or 412-668-0737
Sept 15: Our Clubhouse (formerly Gilda’s Club) presents Over the Edge; at Oliver Building;
Sept 17: Our Clubhouse (formerly Gilda’s Club) presents Over the Edge; at Oliver Building;
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 23: United Way of Alleghey County’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast; at Wyndham Grand Hotel; 412-456-6831 or
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. 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.;


Oct 2: Extra Mile Foundation Wine Tasting Event; at Reed Smith; 412-456-3103 or check out
Oct 9: Wesley Spectrum’s 1st Annual Sporting Clay Shoot; at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort;
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 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

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