Cindy Russell, Sarah McKean and Michelle Bartlett.

Animal Friends' Black Tie & Tails Gala

Gala raises $510,000 for the Ohio Township animal shelter.

1 day ago

 Cherise and John Rossmiller with their son Sully.  #SEENInspiring

Cure SMA: Sully's Wish Gala

Event held at the Children’s Museum raises funds to find a cure for spinal muscular atrophy.

1 day ago

 Shannon McMinn and Erica Keith.

Autumn Night for Autism

Event raises funds for Wesley Spectrum which provides support for individuals with autism.

1 day ago

 Joan Campasano Hoover and Nancy Weiland.

Women on the Move hosts luncheon at LeMont

More than 230 guests came out to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society event,

1 day ago

 Dan Raeder, Chedlin Justinvil and Libby Johnston.

Yahve-Jire Children's Foundation fundraiser held at Stage AE

Patrons gathered to help build and sustain a school and orphanage in Haiti founded by Haitian architect Chedlin Justinvil.

1 day ago

 Maria McCalister. #SEENBestDressed

Art on Fire event celebrates Pittsburgh Glass Center

More than 450 guests attended the event held at American Eagle Outfitters at SouthSide Works.

1 day ago

 Deb Donley, Patti Dodge and Howard Shulberg at the From Garden to Table dinner.

SEEN Fall Party Round Up

Garden to Table dinner, Wine tasting, Bridesmaids Walk, teas and other events usher in the fall season.

1 day ago

 Rabbi James Gibson, John Robinson Block and Bishop David Zubik during the dedication ceremony for the Post-Gazette's new printing presses at Clinton Commerce Park.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette celebrates new printing presses

Community and business leaders, friends and colleagues journeyed to Clinton to celebrate the newspaper’s state-of-the-art printing presses.

1 week ago

 James and Lynn Murray-Coleman,

New Hazlett Theater presents Salon Noir

Partygoers enjoyed performances by local artists and the group Hammerstep.

1 week ago

 From left, Will Groves, J. Endress and Jason Carr.

Angel's Envy Bourbon Dinner

The night began with a bourbon and raspberry-pomegranate punch in Tender’s green room.

1 week ago

 Jesse McLean and Jackie Dixon.

Event raises funds for Every Child Inc.

Every Child provides opportunities for families to become self-sufficient and create safe and stable communities.

1 week ago

 Larry Davis, James Jackson and Tom VanKirk.

Friends of the Center reception

Event held at the home of Larry Davis, University of Pittsburgh dean of social work.

1 week ago

 Michael Bowersox and Carol Lennon.

Over the Edge event raises funds for cancer support center

Sixty brave people rappelled down the side of the building to support Our Clubhouse. Their fearlessness helped raise roughly $160,000.

1 week ago

 Kevin McMahon and Christopher Rawson.

One Sensational Gala for the Pittsburgh Musical Theater

Pittsburgh Musical Theater put on the ol’ razzle dazzle Friday to dedicate its new Gargaro Theater in honor of retiring founder Ken Gargaro.

1 week ago

 Lynn Bainbridgeand Edyce Rizzi at the Vision of Hope luncheon.

#SEEN Fall Party Round Up

Blind Vision of Hope luncheon; Frick Orientation Center opening and Spaghetti for breakfast are a few of the recent events.

1 week ago

 James and Susanne Wilkinson.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: For Your Eyes Only gala

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

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.”

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.”

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.”

3 weeks 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.

4 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

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 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 29: First Annual Golf Fore Families; at Wildwood Golf Club in Allison Park, PA.; 412-766-3860 X 325
Sept 30: Disability Pride Dinner to benefit Three Rivers Center for Independent Living; at Westin Downtown; or 412-371-7700.
Sept 30: Auberle’s 10th Annual Voices Carry Fundraiser; Stage AE;


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 2: Hillman Cancer Center Gala, A Future Without Cancer; CONSOL Energy Center; 412-623-4777
Oct 2: Planned Parenthood holds War on Women Art Exhibit; at Warhol Museum;
Oct 2: Women’s Business Network 25th Anniversary Celebration; at Chadwick in Wexford;
Oct 2: Pittsburgh Chapter of SCORE celebrates 50 Years; Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland; or 412-395-6560 X 131
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 3: Jubilartion Gala Promotes Education in Africa; at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Concert Hall on 1815 Metropolitan St. Pittsburgh 15233;
Oct 3: 18th annual Setting a Place for my Sister Breakfast to benefit Sisters Place; at Pittsburgh Marriott City Center; or 412-233-3903.
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 4: Samaritan Counseling Center of Western PA’s Inspiring Hope Gala to Honor Matthew and Leslie Braksick; Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley; 412-741-7430 X 404 or email
Oct 5: 4th annual Patient Care Fund Dinner to support East Liberty Family Health Care Center; LeMont Restaurant;
Oct 9: Wesley Spectrum’s 1st Annual Sporting Clay Shoot; at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort;
Oct 9: Off the Record XIV: Mysteries of Pittsburgh to benefit the Community Food Bank; or call 412-456-6666
Oct 10: 26th annual Dominion VITA Awards; at David L. Lawrence Convention Center; 412-622-1514
Oct 11: Best Friends Ball of Western PA Humane Society; Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory; 412-593-2012 or email
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 11: The Christ Child Society of Pittsburgh’s Red Wagon Fare; Pittsburgh Field Club in Fox Chapel; 412-682-4102
Oct 12: Bright Kids Uganda & Dream Catchers Films Presents “Under the Umbrella Tree” : A Documentary Premiere; at Kelly Strayhorn Theater;
Oct 12: Bright Kids Uganda premiere of “Under the Umbrella Tree”; at Kelly Strayhorn Theater;
Oct 16: High Energy Hoe-Down to benefit Conservation Consultants Inc.; The Mayernik Center Route 279 North, Camp Horne Rd. Exit;
Oct 17: Carnegie Library’s After Hours Fundraiser presents Cirque: A Fantastical Evening; Carnegie Library in Oakland; or call 412-622-6276
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 18: Ohio Valley Hospital “A Toast to the Community”; at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Pittsburgh Airport;
Oct 18: Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts Every Voice! Benefit Concert; at Wallace Event Center at Hosanna House;
Oct 19: Steel Chef Challenge to benefit Community Liver Alliance; Wyndham Grand Hotel; or 412-501-3CLA
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 23: Golden Anchor Gala; LeMont Restaurant; or call 412-366-1300
Oct 24: Jeans, Jewels and Jams! to benefit Cancer Caring Center; Left Field Meeting Space 116 Federal St. North Side; 412-622-1212 or
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 4: Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. Courage House Luncheon; at Heinz Field East Club Lounge; or call Loren at 412-766-9020 X 422
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 8: 16th Annual Cameos of Caring Awards Gala: A Celebration of Nursing; David L. Lawrence Convention Center;
Nov 10: 8th annual In the Pocket with Charlie Batch; at Latitude 360;
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
Nov 20: “Opening Night!” Movie Premiere Event to benefit Crohn’s & Colitis foundation of America; at AMC Loews Waterfront Theatre upper party area; 412-823-8272 or

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