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 Megan Gilson #SEENBestDressed.

Riverlife's #PoshPicnic held on the North Shore

This year’s event drew 950 partygoers, dressed to the nines.

2 days ago


 Dr. Hyagriv Simhan and Dr. Gabriella Gosman at Savor Pittsburgh.

10th annual Savor Pittsburgh raises funds for Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

It was party central at Stage AE on Thursday night as 1,400 partygoers came out to Savor Pittsburgh and raised $85,000.

2 days ago


 From left, Dotty Bechtol, Bill Crawford, Sally Wiggin and Carol Kinkela.

Carabella cocktail party raises funds for Alzheimer's research

More than 350 guests came out to support the event which raised $100,000 for Alzheimer’s research..

2 days ago


 Dara DeChellis and Armando Ocando of The Aruna Project.

#LetsMakeaSEEN: The Aruna Project

The Aruna Project takes on sexual exploitation of women and girls, a human rights issue found around the world.

2 days ago


 David Bush , left, and Tim McVay.

Sewickley event raises funds for Animal Advocates

Wilpin Hall event brought attention to Animal Advocates, an organization that helps four-legged friends find their forever homes.

2 days ago


 Rev. Andrew K. Newberry with honoree Ted Kerr and his wife.

Circle of Courage Awards held at the Doubletree Hotel Monroeville

The awards, presented by BCC Ministries, honored 24 people from the Pittsburgh region.

2 days ago


 Jonathan Plesset, left, and Brad Childs, co-founders of Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team, with a vintage 1965 VW van at the Dog Days of Summer to benefit Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team.

Dog Days of Summer event raises funds for PAART

“Come Fly With Us,” a 1960s-style gala for the Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team, sends spirits soaring at Allegheny County Airport.

1 week ago


 Dancers with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre perform on a picture-perfect night at Hartwood Acres.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performs at Hartwood Acres

The ballet performance attracted people from all over who stretched out under the stars to watch a memorable dance showcase.

1 week ago


 Susanne Cole, CEO of Pressley Ridge.

Ice Cream Fundae held at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Nearly 3,000 guests enjoyed the zoo while raising funds for Pressley Ridge.

1 week ago


 From left, Steve McKnight with Tom Grealish and Peggy McKnight.

Tom Grealish opens up his home to benefit the Cultural District

Tom Grealish and the Cultural District’s Kevin McMahon host a party for 100 guests high above the city.

1 week ago


 From left, Father Terry O'Connor, Judy O'Connor and Judge Hugh McGough.

23rd Annual Cookie Cruise raises funds for the Bob O'Connor Foundation

Originally a political fundraiser, the Cookie Cruise is now a charity event for various causes.

1 week ago


 Phil LaBoon, Lauren Pesce and James "Doc" Mendelson.

20th annual Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Gala held at Omni William Penn

Fifty of Pittsburgh’s finest came together to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

2 weeks ago


 Tara Sherry Torres, left, and Stevie Sheridan.

FUERZA! Latin@s making a difference in Pittsburgh

Recognizing and fortifying Pittsburgh’s Latino community has been the mission of Tara Sherry-Torres, founder of Cafe con Leche.

2 weeks ago


 David Morehouse, left, with Charlene and Dominic Petrelli.

32nd annual Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund Awards Dinner

Share the good life! That was the sentiment throughout the festivities to support the Pittsburgh Italian Scholarship Fund.

2 weeks ago


 Chef Bob Sendall introduces himself to his guests at a dinner in honor of Broadway star Billy Porter at his home on the North Side.

Bob Sendall hosts a private dinner with Billy Porter

Chef Bob Sendall and All in Good Taste Productions honored Broadway star Billy Porter at North Side dinner.

2 weeks ago


 Ted and Cindy Yates with Kim Howell.

Cindystock raises funds for cancer-related charities

The 12th annual Cindystock raised funds for six cancer-related charities focused on patient support.

2 weeks ago


 Les Geis,Alison Howard Yeske and Sean Gray.

Attack Theatre's Season 21 Announcement Party

Attack Theatre announced its Season 21 on Thursday night with a party and a performance at its shared space with Pittsburgh Opera.

2 weeks ago


 From left, Norm, Ryan and Mary Beth Harkleroad.

La Casa Narcisi Winery hosts wine tasting event

A sold-out crowd of 320 guests soaked up the sun on Tuesday night to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

3 weeks ago


 From left, Mark Burnett, Jim Aiello, Debbie Mancuso and Dan Kelly.

Wild Orchid Party held at Trapuzzano Italian Chop House

The Ladies Hospital Aid Society hosted its annual summer soiree to help benefit the Petal Fund.

3 weeks ago


 Van Kaplan, Hal Luftig and Ewan McGregor.

'Kinky Boots' opening-night after party

Star Billy Porter and the cast partied with friends, family and actor-director Ewan McGregor.

3 weeks ago


 Billy Porter.

Boots, Bubbly and Billy Porter

A sold-out crowd of 150 patrons celebrated Pittsburgh’s Billy Porter at Olive or Twist.

3 weeks ago


#SEENJetSet (Part Three)

Where are Pittsburghers heading on their summer vacations?

3 weeks ago


 Matt Speranza, Joe Schmacher and Dina Speranza.

Goddard School Grand Opening

Goddard School for Early Childhood Development opens at 301 Fifth Ave., Downtown

3 weeks ago


 Diane Withrow and James Houk.

#SEENSummerParties

Voyager Jet Center Grand Opening held at the Allegheny County Airport.

3 weeks ago


 Chairs Anita and Joe Moran with Brandy the Flamingo.

Summer Safari event raises funds for the Pittsburgh Zoo

More than 2,000 party animals came out for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s  17th annual Summer Safari, raising about $200,000..

1 month ago


 Jaylee and Dianne C. Lemon.

The Compilation fashion showcase held at the Renaissance

A VIP cocktail hour, beats by DJ David Pugliano and fabulous fashions by four designers and a boutique made up the inaugural Compilation.

1 month ago


 Members attend a Dinner Lab event featuring Chef Justin Thompson at the Mine Factory in North Point Breeze.

Dinner Lab (July Edition)

Dinner Lab is a pop-up dinner club with annual subscriptions that introduces its members to new chefs from around the country.

1 month ago


#SEENJetSet (Part Two): Where Pittsburghers jet set to this summer

Pittsburghers know how to pack in the summer fun! Enjoy Part Two of #SEENJetSet, and look for next week’s third and final segment.

1 month ago


 Lisa Kadlecik, Alison Hall and Megan Schroeder.

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape works to help women in community

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape has been working in the community for 43 years with survivors of sexual violence.

1 month ago


 Troy Polamalu with Pine Township first-responders.

Celebrity Care-Fest event draws 500 guests

The Care-Fest event raises funds for the benefit of community organizations, groups and individuals.

1 month ago


 Matt Buchholz and Kelly Beall at the Girls Rock! dance party fundraiser at Spirit in Lawrenceville.

Dancing is still possible if you need to be 'In Bed by Ten'

Matt Buchholz and Kelly Beall host an early dance party, and also make a positive difference with dance-filled fundraisers.

1 month ago


 Zach Weber, of the Carnegie Science Center, freezes marshmallows in liquid nitrogen at a 21-plus night at TechShop in Bakery Square.

21+ Night! @TechShop PGH

The TechShop in Bakery Square hosted more than 300 guests at its 21-plus night on Thursday.

1 month ago


 From left, Aaron Sukenik, executive director of Hilltop Alliance, Knowledge Hudson, Henry Pyatt and Siena Kane.

Open in Allentown (Part Deux)

Positive changes happening in Allentown, which are being driven by young entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh.

1 month ago


 From left, Girl Talk project coordinator Katherine Houston, Kenyale Cottingham, 14, and Crystaline Barger.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Girl Talk

Girl Talk sets out to teach young girls between the ages of 13-18 medically sound information about their health and sexual well-being.

1 month ago


#SEENJetSet

Where are Pittsburghers going on their summer vacations?

1 month ago


 From left: Lori and Jim Collins, and chair Vicki  with Mark McKenna.

St. Clair Country Club plays host to Summer Swing

More than 600 guests attended St. Clair Hospital’s 18th annual gala, raising more than $1.5 million for the hospital.

1 month ago


 Jo Ellen Parker, Jean-Pierre Collet and Barbara Tucker.

Bastille Day event held at the Carnegie Museum of Art Cafe

Annual Bastille Day celebration benefits the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Alliance Francaise de Pittsburgh.

1 month ago


 Ernie Sullivan with Rod Doss.

Who's Who in Black Pittsburgh event held at Herberman Conference Center

The sold-out event drew more than 300 guests, including many of 2015 Who’s Who honorees.

1 month ago


 Rosemary and Joe Mendel.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Tune-Up Party held on the North Shore.

More than 800 car enthusiasts came out to enjoy the weather and race and show cars at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Tune-Up Party.

1 month ago


 Cassandra Dixon from Animal Friends, left, and April Hubal with Chloe.

Mutts & Mingle event benefits Animal Friends

Guests came with dogs of all shapes and sizes to share the love at this indoor, outdoor event.

1 month ago


 Picklesburgh: Christine Gibson from Beechview looks over her jar of pickle juice for encouragement from her mom while competing in the first-round of the Pickle Juice Drinking Contest at the inaugural Picklesburgh Festival. There were over sixty competitors signed up for the contest.

Seen around town

Pickles and cartoons figure in weekend events.

1 month ago


 From left, Jane Dixon and Cheryl Tracy with Happy, a South African penguin.

The National Aviary hosts a feathered Fiesta!

More than 1,200 partygoers flocked to the National Aviary on Saturday night to take part in A Night in the Tropics event.

1 month ago


 Marti Gould Cummings, left and Thommy Conroy.

Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh 2015 held at the Cultural Trust

Come one, come all to the greatest show on earth! Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh put on a dark circus Friday night.

1 month ago


 Sally Wiggin and Harish Saluja.

Silk Screen Gala held at A.J. Palumbo Hall

One of the most culturally diverse events of the year, the gala encourages people to come together to enjoy music, performance and film.

1 month ago


 From left, Dan and Michelle Del Bianco and Mary Ann Smialek.

Black Tie and Tailpipes Gala held at South Hills Country Club

A black tie event kicks off the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in style!

1 month ago


 Melissa Ferraro and Sister Mary Parks.

Masquerade at the Monaco benefits Sisters Place

Close to 200 friends of Sisters Place donned masks on Friday for a night of mysterious fun at Hotel Monaco, Downtown.

1 month ago


Setting the SEEN: Feathered friends, fashion and fun at the National Aviary

The PG’s Natalie Bencivenga and Sara Bauknecht get set for the National Aviary's Night in the Tropics party with Salsa412 and Lana Neumeyer.

1 month ago


 Christine Filipowski of Green Tree, left, and Annette Yayla of Moon Township, at Tako.

#SEENHotSpot: Tako

SEEN checks out downtown’s newest hotspot, Tako.

1 month ago


 Derek Weber and Darcy Kucenic during the Regatta VIP party held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown..

EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta VIP Party

You gotta Regatta! Check out the VIP party celebrating Pittsburgh’s Fourth of July weekend.

1 month ago


 Ja-Neen Jones, Nikki Kazarick and Jacqueline Wilson.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Three Rivers Adoption Council

The Three Rivers Adoption Council, located Downtown, emphasizes placements for African-American children and those with special needs.

1 month ago


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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.

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SEPTEMBER

Sept 3: Bravery & Beauty to benefit the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh; at Jergel’s Rhythm Grill
Sept 4: Party in the Tropics; at Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens
Sept 9: Executive Women’s Council of Greater Pittsburgh’s 40th Anniversary Celebration; Power Center at Duquesne University
Sept 9: Style Social; No. 14 Boutique in Lawrenceville
Sept 9: TruLogix and YPE Operation Troop Appreciation; at Club Leaf and Bean in Washington Pa.
Sept 10: $10K Rum: A Rum-Tasting Event; Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery (Strip District, 3212A Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA)
Sept 10: BBBS Fly Away Bash; at Allegheny County Airport in the Voyager Jet Hangar
Sept. 11: Diner en Blanc (invitation only)
Sept 11: Loyalhanna Watershed Association annual Art Auction; 110 Andi Ln, Ligonier, PA 15658
Sept 11,12,13: Child Health Show: Antiques Reimagined; Edgewood Club (preview party)
Sept 12: An African Sunrise: The 10th anniversary of Hekima; St. Thomas More Family Life Center: 126 Fort Couch Road Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Sept 12: From Garden to Table, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden hosts Gala Tribute to Alice Walker; at the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens; For tickets and directions visit www.pittsburghbotanicgardens.org
Sept 12: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Gala: Cinema Serenade; at Heinz Hall
Sept 12: Family House & Fifth Third Bank hosts 32nd annual Family House Polo Match; at Hartwood Acres
Sept 12: 9th annual Steel City Big Pour; at Construction Junction
Sept 12: 2015 Best Friends Ball to benefit the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society; Fairmont Pittsburgh; troyston@wpahumane.org
Sept 13: 2015 Penn Hills House Tour for Veterans Place; at Penn Hills Lawn & Garden Center 200 Jefferson Road Penn Hills, Pa 15235
Sept 13: Breakfast in Bed; Sunday Brunch at the Mattress Factory
Sept 14: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse annual fundraiser; at Whiskey in the Strip; pmorelli@wqed.org
Sept 15: Dedication Ceremony of the University Commons; at Carlow University Campus Green; 412-578-8740 or email eventrsvp@carolw.edu
Sept 15: United Way ExChange: Get Inspired; at the Carnegie Science Center
Sept 17: New Hazlett Theater Night Circus; at the New Hazlett Center for the Performing Arts
Sept 17: Hillman Cancer Center Gala; Consol Energy Center; 412-623- 4700 or hillmangala.org/
Sept 18: MGA Diamond Anniversary Gala; The Chadwick in Sewickley; 412-566-1545
Sept 18: Trans-Q Live!; at the Andy Warhol Museum
Sept 18: Hardhats and Heels to support Pittsburgh Musical Theater; at Gargaro Theater; 1-888-71-TICKETS
Sept 18: Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art opening reception at Contemporary Craft;
Sept 19: The Grand Marigold Gala to support the Cultural Trust;
Sept 19: Hispanic Heritage Month Gala; Westin Hotel Downtown
Sept 19: 5th annual River Rocks Event; at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park
Sept 19: AIR n’@: A Celebration of Pittsburgh & its neighborhoods; 518 Foreland St. 15212; 412-321-8664
Sept 24: Art on Fire to support the Pittsburgh Glass Center; at American Eagle Outfitters 77 Hot Metal St., 6th floor in the South Side Works
Sept. 25: A Tribute to Fr. Sean Hogan; at Duquesne Union, 5th floor
Sept 29: OCTOBER

Oct 2:
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Gala;; at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Oct. 2: Zombies of the Corn to benefit The Butler Foundation: It’s About the Warrior; Event weekend evenings in October; at Three Rivers Paintball – 250 Rochester Rd, Freedom, PA. 15042; 724-775-6232
Oct 2: Tee It Forward; The Pittsburgh Golf Club
Oct 3: WearWoof’s 7th annual Scotch and Chocolate party;Wintergarden at PPG Place, downtown; RSVP to Nancy Lee at 412-956-1788 or nancy.lee@wearwoof.org
Oct 3: 46th Focus on Renewal Anniversary Gala; 701 Chartiers Ave. 15136; 412-331-1685 X 305
Oct 9: Sweetwater Center for the Arts Fundraiser Featuring Billy Price; at Sewickley Heights Golf Club
Oct 9: Women Rock! Celebrating 10 Years of Empowering Women; at the Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave., 15206
Oct 9: Sheperd Wellness Community 23rd annual City Theatre AIDS Benefit: The Night Alive; at City Theatre; 412-683-4477 or www.showclix.com
Oct 11: BASS-ically Classique with a Touch of Jazz: The 6th annual Symphony Salon; 12th floor of Reed Smith Centre
Oct 15: Dancing with the Celebrities of Pittsburgh to benefit Jamie’s Dream Team; at the LeMont in Mount Washington
Oct 17: A Night of 1,000 Andys; at the Andy Warhol Museum
Oct 17: Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts Gala; East End Cooperative Ministries; gala@pghchoralarts.org
Oct 21: 2015 Golden Anchor Gala; at LeMont on Mount Washington
Oct 21: 7th annual Senior Celebrating Champions; at Omni William Penn Hotel; upmc.com/celebratingseniorchampions or 412-864-3521
Oct 22: STANDING FIRM 2015 Awards Luncheon; at the Omni William Penn Grand Ballroom
Oct 22: WHAT’s Up? to support WARD Home; at McCormick & Schmick’s Downtown; cturner@wardhome.org
Oct 23: Woodlands Auxiliary’s 16th annual Butterfly Ball; at Fairmont Pittsburgh
Oct 24: 2nd annual Dia de los Muertos: Global Links Celebration of Life; Global Links Headquarters (Green Tree) 700 Trumbull Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Oct 24: Sampson Family Y 2015 YMCA $10K Dinner; at Westmoreland Country Club; kmcintyre@ymcapgh.org or 724-327-4667
Oct 30: HEAVEN returns for one night only at the Renaissance Hotel;


NOVEMBER

Nov 5: Foundation of HOPE’s Evening of HOPE; at the Rivers Club
Nov 5: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Opening Night screening of James Bond “Spectre”; at AMC LOEWS Waterfront Theatre
Nov 7: Pointe in Time Ball: PBT Elevated; at the Westin Hotel, Downtown
Nov. 12: 24th annual YWCA’s Racial Justice Awards Luncheon; at Westin Hotel, Downtown; 412-255-1466 or Hot Pink: Dessert First!;/a> at Heinz Field Champions Club to support adagiohealth
Nov 18: Garden Club of Oakmont Luncheon; at Oakmont Country Club;

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