Sara Bauknecht, Gregory Sgro and Natalie Bencivenga.

'Setting the Seen' celebrates first anniversary

“Setting the Seen” marks its anniversary with an interactive taping at Downtown Pittsburgh hot spot Hotel Monaco.

about 15 hours ago

 Otto Chu and Eric Shiner.

Yale Club hosts alumni at Warhol Museum event

More than 100 Yale alumni gathered at The Warhol for a private tour of the Corita Kent exhibit.

about 15 hours ago

 Vasso Paliouras, left, and Constance Zotis.

Lending Hearts Gala held at the LeMont

On Thursday, the third annual Lending Hearts Gala raised more than $60,000 to support children with cancer.

about 15 hours ago

 Ellen and Greg Jordan.

Wyndham Grand hosts the Heart Ball

More than 700 guests attended the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball raising more than $1.2 million dollars for the charity.

about 15 hours ago

 Katie "Peachie" Wimbush-Polk, mother of Wiz Khalifa, blows out birthday cake candles, as her husband Richard Polk watches.

Wiz Khalifa is a no-show at mom's birthday party

Rapper Wiz Khalifa threw a birthday party for his mother Katie “Peachie” Wimbush-Polk, at Heinz History Center, but got stuck out of town.

about 15 hours ago

 Erica Mendez, Navin Bhambhwani and Chanice Lazarre.

Pittsburgh Film Office hosts Oscar fundraiser gala at Heinz Field

Time to celebrate the Oscars with the Pittsburgh Film Office’s Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield “Lights! Glamour! Action!”

1 week ago

 Steve and MJ Crane.

Phipps hosts gala that benefits Autism Connection

Nearly 200 guests enjoyed an evening at Phipps while raising funds for Autism.

1 week ago

 From left, Sam Pollard, Mayor Bill Peduto, Constanza Romero, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Azula Wilson, Michael Kantor, Darryl Ford Williams, Phylicia Rashad and Kathryn Bostic.

Wilson documentary premieres at August Wilson Center

Guests were treated to a 36-minute preview of the 90-minute film, which documented not only August Wilson’s life, but his legacy.

1 week ago

 Lion Dance by members of the Tzu-Chi Academy Pittsburgh.

Lunar New Year Celebration held at Syria Shrine

Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by the Organization of Chinese Americans.

1 week ago

 David Malone, this year's king, hugs Cindy Shapira as David Shapira watches. The Shapiras were last year's king and queen.

Mardi Gras Gala held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel

Roughly 700 guests attended the Mardi Gras Gala, which raised funds for the Epilepsy Foundation.

1 week ago

 Richard and Cary Reed.

'Masterwork of Early Photography' exhibit opens at the Frick

More than 225 guests roamed the Frick galleries during “Masterwork of Early Photography” opening gala.

1 week ago

 Sportsman of the Year Antonio Brown with his girlfriend Chelsie Kyriss, children Antonio Jr., 7, Antanyiah, 6, Autonomy, 10 months, brother Des Brown and Jillian Rossi at the 79th Annual Dapper Dan Awards  at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Dapper Dan Dinner & Sport Auction held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

79th annual Dapper Dan dinner puts limelight on local sports stars.

2 weeks ago

 Tori Yoos and Laura Mabon. #SEENChairs.

Sweet Gesture Gala raises funds for Family Life Fund

The Duquesne Club played host to the “Sweet Gesture Gala.”

2 weeks ago

 Josh Varnado, Margaret Wood and Kent Schmor.

Red Light Soiree held at Uptown Rooftop Bar

Red Light Soiree raises funds for the Red Light Fund and the American Heart Association.

2 weeks ago

 Honorees Beverlynn and Steven Elliott.

'It Takes Two' event benefits River City Brass

The benefit, held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh, featured a live and silent auction, dinner and dancing for the more than 200 guests.

2 weeks ago

 Christy and Joey Porter arrive in a Ferrari.

The Pittsburgh International Auto Show is host to Red CARpet charity premiere

More than 900 car enthusiasts braved the cold to see the newest and hottest cars on the market at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

2 weeks ago

 Albert Stiehl and Terry Gibson serve up some brews at the East End Brewing Company's Crafts & Drafts Valentines Artist Market.

East End Brewing hosts artists market event

It was a “hoppy” day for about 600 partygoers who waited for samples of the new East End Brewing Co.’s chocolate-covered-cherry stout beer.

3 weeks ago

 Raspberries float in champagne at the Oscar party last year.

Pittsburgh Film Office hosts Oscar Night Fundraiser

Doors open at 6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 7:30 p.m. for gala-level tickets on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Heinz Field Club East Lounge

3 weeks ago

 Laura Stephany and JoAnn Cyganovich.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Sojourner House

Sojourner House in East Liberty is dedicated to helping women achieve sobriety and increase self-sufficiency.

3 weeks ago

 Ramsey Lyons in "Black Tie Optional" Nov. 1, 2014, A Point in Time Ball for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

What to wear, deciphering dress codes

There are more choices than ever when it comes to selecting partywear for spring events, soirees.

3 weeks ago

 Bill and Vivian Benter with Janera Solomon and Jeremy Resnick.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s World Stage Fund Party

Manuel and Debra Reich’s Squirrel Hill home was party central as guests came to support the Kelly Strayhorn’s World Stage Fund.

4 weeks ago

 The panel for the Pittsburgh  Global Shapers' Shaping Davos Event.

Pittsburgh Global Shapers connects with World Economic Forum in Davos

Pittsburgh was the only North American city selected to share its story of innovation at the global event, via live-streaming.

4 weeks ago

 Philadelphia's Beatlemania Now.

Beatlemania fundraiser held at Heinz Field

Beatlemania descended upon Heinz Field on Jan. 25 to raise funds for the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute’s Cancer Care.

4 weeks ago

 Jackie Abel-Stavropoulos and Jay Poliziani.

Food Pantry Brunch Challenge held at New Hazlett Theater

Northside Commom Ministries challenged 10 local chefs to whip up delectable dishes using items found only in the food pantry.

4 weeks ago

 Christy Uffelman, Jennifer Susco, and Hayley Haldeman.

United Way eXchange held at Kelly Strayhorn

The evening helped inspire and connect roughly 125 young professionals in Pittsburgh who give back to their community.

4 weeks ago

 Rachel and William Pazman, with his donated painting, "Elvis Presley."

Shady Lane School hosts fund raiser at the Mine Factory

Shady Lane School held its annual scholarship benefit featuring a silent auction and raffle Saturday night.

4 weeks ago

 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).

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

 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.

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.

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


Mar 2: 16th annual Champions for Children to benefit the Homeless Children’s Education Fund; at the Rivers Club;
Mar 5: Larry Richert Honors Hometown Heroes; Lexus Club at PNC Park;
Mar 5: Bank Bash Fundraising Event; at Dollar Bank, Downtown;
or 412-361-4945
Mar 5: Sisters Place annual Crushed Grapes Wine Tasting; at Wintergarden at PPG;
Mar 6: CLO Wine Tasting Event; at Duquesne Club;
Mar. 6: 2nd annual “Cocktails and Conversations”; at St. Nicholas Church in Millvale; or 412-821-0959
Mar 6: History Uncorked: Pittsburgh’s Premier Party for Young Professionals; at the Heinz History Center;
Mar 6: The 11th annual Antiques Show; at Oakmont Country Club; or call 412-826-9295
Mar 6: 14th annual Fashion Africana; Carnegie Musuem Hall of Sculpture;
Mar. 7: St. Paddy’s Bash; at Fox Chapel Country Day School (620 Squaw Run Road East); open to the public
Mar 7: Big Night and the Hidden Gems of the JCC; at the JCC on 5738 Forbes Ave.; or call 412-697-3510
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;
Mar 7: Spring Bound to Support the Sewickley Public Library; at Art Space 616, 616 Beaver St. Sewickley, Pa 15143
Mar 7: The Shadyside Dems present The Desserts of Shadyside; at 61001 Fifth Ave. in Shadyside;
Mar 7: Arts for Autism Event; at Kelly Strayhorn Theater;
Mar 7: Kidney Gift of Life Gala; Heinz Field West Club Lounge;
Mar 7: Quantum Theatre’s Q-Ball; at the Energy Innovation Center 1435 Bedford Ave. Pgh 15219;
Mar 7: An Affair to Remember: Avon Club Fundraising Gala; at the Children’s Museum;
Mar 7: Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation Gala; Heinz Field East Club Lounge; 412-32-5030
March 10: Crossroads: A One-Day Conference for Women presented by the Women and Girls Foundation of PA; at Wyndham Grand Hotel Downtown;
Mar 10: H2Oh!: A VIP Cocktail Reception to celebrate Carnegie Science Center’s newest exhibition; Carnegie Science Center;
Mar 11: 11th annual Pittsburgh Muscle Team event to support Muscular Dystrophy Association; Heinz Field;
Mar 12: Sarah Heinz House Steak & Burger Dinner; at PNC Park Hall of Fame;
Mar. 12: Crossroads: For women navigating through life; at Wyndham Grand Hotel, Downtown;
Mar 14: Reach for a Star: A Gala Evening; Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe;
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; or call 412-207-0760
Mar. 20: After Hours @ the Library; Carnegie Library of Oakland;
Mar 21: Shake Your Booties, The Children’s Home!; Stage AE;
Mar 21: Picture This! presented by Ward Home; at the Pittsburgh Glass Center (5472 Penn Ave.);
Mar 21: Achieva’s Pittsburgh Promenade; at Westin Convention Center;
Mar 21: Red Cross Ball; Omni William Penn;
Mar 21: Out of Hand to support Contemporary Craft; at 2100 Smallman Street, 15222; or call 412-261-7003
Mar 25: Great Futures Gala to support the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pa.; Gateway Clipper Fleet;
Mar 25: Queen Ester’s Cabaret: A Masquerade for Purim; at Rodef Shalom Congregation;
Mar. 26: 29th annual Pittsburgh AIDS Taskforce Benefit; at J. Verno Studios;
Mar 26-29: Pittsburgh Humanities Festival; at the Cultural District; or 412-456-6666
March 28: Comedy Show Benefits Myasthenia Gravis Association; Morningside VFW Banquet Hall; (412) 566-1545
Mar 28: Best of Chefs competition at Glass Slipper Ball; DoubleTree by Hilton; or 724-935-6100
Mar 28: Dreams of Hope presents Absolute Motown annual fundraiser and auction; Rodef Shalom Synagogue – 4905 Fifth Avenue – Pittsburgh, PA 15213;
Mar 30: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Inaugural Arts & Drafts; at the Cabaret at Theater Square; $25 at the door.


Apr 4: Pittsburgh’s Celebration of Life; at The Rivers Club, downtown; or 724-205-9376
Apr 9: Fashion for the Wild; at the Pittsburgh Zoo; 412-365-2538;
Apr 11: 1st Annual Passavant Memorial Homes Benefit Bash at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille at 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale PA 15086; (412) 820-1015 x521
Apr 14: “The Great Debate”: The first ever 74% fundraiser on Equal Pay Day; at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland; website here.
April 16: An Affair to Care to benefit Family Resources; at 1425 Forbes Ave.;
Apr. 16: The Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction; at Westin Convention Center;
Apr 17: Familylinks presents John Pizzarelli at Just Jazz III; The Twentieth Century Club;
Apr 18: JDRF’s Rainbow Gala; Westin Convention Center;
Apr 18: Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s Denim & Diamonds; at Greensburg Country Club; 724-837-1850
Apr 18: 4th annual Cooking for a Cure; Sewickley Heights Golf Club; /a> or 412-849-3850
Apr 18: Hops for Hearth; at Bigelow Conference & Reception Center 4338 Bigelow Blvd. 15213;
Apr 19: Friendship Circle’s 9th annual Friends All Around fundraiser; at Westin Convention Center, Downtown; or or 412-224-4440
Apr. 23: The Cancer Caring Center’s Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards; Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square; or call 412-622-1212.
Apr 25: Let Them Eat Cake; at the Pittsburgh Opera;


May 1: Women’s Center & Shelter 40th anniversary Celebrating Survivors event; J. Verno Studios, Southside;
May 2: PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s 17th annual Spring Hat Luncheon; at Riverview Park on the North Side; or 412-682-7725 X 205
May 21: YWCA’s 33rd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon; Westin Hotel, Downtown;

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