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 Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope.

10th annual Dirty Ball held on South Side

Anything goes at the 10th annual time-travel themed Dirty Ball to celebrate Attack Theatre’s 20th season.

5 days ago


 Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium president and CEO Barbara Baker.

Fashion show raises funds for Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

The second annual Fashion for the Wild event was full of stylish sights and fashionable faces on Thursday night.

5 days ago


 From left Mel Blount, Jr., with his wife TiAnda, Jerry Lopes and Tim Stevens.

B-PEP hosts annual Jazz ‘Fun’-raiser

The party took place at Bridges, inside the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center in Oakland.

5 days ago


 From left, Kiya Tomlin, Annie Engel, Charlene Petrelli, Debbie Demchak and Christy Wiegand.

Hat Luncheon preview party

Patrons of the beloved annual Parks Conservancy Hat Luncheon gathered for a cocktail party to chat about...what else? Hats, of course.

5 days ago


 From left, Honorees Michael Shullo, Colin Wrabley, Sister Jean Augustine and Ralph Finizio .

Crafton's St. Philip School Celebrates 100th

Nearly 300 guests filled the Grand Priory Hall to mark the Catholic elementary school’s milestone.

5 days ago


 Pittsburgh CLO executive producer and lead producer on “An American Paris” Van Kaplan, left, with the show’s director-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon at the after party Saturday at Ruby Foo’s restaurant on Broadway. The party was filled with Pittsburgh CLO officials and alums.

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5 days ago


 Lavender Wachira and Lueana Coward.

The Gathering: Pittsburgh’s Celebration of Life held at the Rivers Club

Guests from all over the city donned their best black tie to come together in the spirit of unity and help put an end to gun violence here.

1 week ago


 Siena Kane and Joe Calloway.

Allentown hosts party to attract new businesses

Allentown is ready for more new businesses, and the business district threw a party to show potential owners how it will help.

1 week ago


 Baron Batch creates a painting during the Arts & Drafts event.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust hosts happy hour

Baron Batch painted while Beauty Slap played at a Pittsburgh Cultural Trust happy hour at Cabaret at Theater Square, the first in a series.

1 week ago


 From left, Don McKinney, Patsy McKinney, Karen Werstil, Jim McKinney and John McKinney.  #SEENFamily

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto reopens

Every seat at the Monterey Bay Fish Grotto now has a view of the city, and the owners threw a party to celebrate its major redesign.

1 week ago


 From left, Laura Zorch, Mandy McFadden, Sarah Sudar, Rachel Carlson, and Julia Gongaware take a selfie.  #SEENSelfie

Yelp’s Under the Big Top event held at the Children's Museum

Yelp brings the circus to town at the Children’s Museum for its biggest event ever with 1,400 partygoers.

1 week ago


 From left, Scott McCauley, Betsy Fisk, Stuart Fisk and Chuck Christen.

Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force hosts benefit at J. Verno Studios

More than 350 partygoers attended the event raising more than $153,000 for research and support for those with HIV.

2 weeks ago


 Lauren and Chris Miladinovich kiss their pet pig Nola.

Great Futures Gala held on the Gateway Clipper

More than 200 guests attended the The Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania fundraiser and raised about $66,000 for the organization.

2 weeks ago


 Bethany and Salvatore Corrado,  she is wearing Nicole Miller. #SEENBestDressedCouple

Family House Gifting Gala held at the Omni William Penn

More than 300 partygoers attended the benefit which raised $161,00 for Family House.

2 weeks ago


 Kneeling:  ShaQjuan Tyler and standing from left to right:  Antoinette Weir, Matt Muschick, Rowan Sileo, Alexius Celia and Judith Avers (music supervisor).

Dreams of Hope hosts benefit at Rodef Shalom

“Absolutely Motown” themed event raised funds for Dreams of Hope, an art focused group for LGBTQA youth

2 weeks ago


 From left, Liz Kanche, Colleen Ward and Erin Hart.

Farm to Table Food Tasting held at David L. Lawrence Convention Center

More than 450 guests whet their palates at the Farm to Table Tasting event Friday night.

2 weeks ago


 Bowl With the Bus: Jerome Bettis takes to the the bowling lanes.

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2 weeks ago


 Jim Garraux, Leo W. Gerard and Mario Longhi.

Red Cross Ball held at The Omni William Penn

More than 250 supporters attended the gala that raised funds for the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

3 weeks ago


 Art and Greta Rooney.

American Ireland Fund hosts event at Heinz Field Club East Lounge

This was the 39th anniversary of the Ireland Fund, which focuses on programs of peace, education, arts and culture throughout Ireland.

3 weeks ago


 Daryl Lucke, center, with her son John and his wife Elisa.

Glass gala raises funds for the Ward Home

Fired up for a good cause were the nearly 200 guests of Ward Home’s benefit “Picture This!”

3 weeks ago


 Allison Howard Yeske and Marvin S. Yu.

Shake Your Booties benefit bash held at Stage AE

Stage AE event raises funds for The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center.

3 weeks ago


 Courtney Cleavenger and Mark Klingman.

Carnegie Library hosts Oz-themed after-hours party

The Carnegie Library’s Oakland branch was lit up like the Emerald City for the annual Spring benefit After Hours Party, Yellow Book Road.

3 weeks ago


 From left, Dan Onorato and Tom Corbett.

PICT UnCommon Pleas

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre and the Arts & Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association presented “The Tempest.”

3 weeks ago


 Ann Hrabik, Daryl Lucke and Corie Turner.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Ward Home

Ward Home teaches life skills to young adults who are living on their own or in foster care.

1 month ago


 Lauren Morelli with Heather Arnet and Samira Wiley at a special event to raise money for local LGBTQ groups.

'Orange Is the New Black' event raises funds for the local LGBTQ community:

Lauren Morelli, writer and producer of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” makes a special appearance with actor Samira Wiley at Cruze Bar.

1 month ago


 Jennifer Cairns, and Rebecca Volk.

Sarah Heinz House hosts Steak & Burger Dinner

The steak dinners are for the kids,  burgers for the adults at annual Sarah Heinz House event.

1 month ago


 From left, the Pirates Parrot, Lucas Sumney, 12, (front), Rod Salka (back) with Wes Lyons.

11th annual Muscle Team event

The Muscular Dystrophy Association held its fundraiser at Heinz Field on Wednesday with the help of local celebrities and community leaders.

1 month ago


 Jo Ellen Parker and Dennis Bateman.

H2Oh! VIP reception raises awareness and support for Pittsburgh's rivers and wildlife

Partygoers could interact with the new water-themed exhibit, or get up close with a corn snake at Carnegie Science Center event.

1 month ago


 From left, Isaac Mattson, Blake Buckel, 6, Sidney Kushner and Matthew Johnson.

Event at Clear Story Studios raises funds for CCChampions

Every child cancer patient in CCChampions received an award for inspiring others with their bravery during their cancer journeys.

1 month ago


 Joel Le Gall dances with Karla Boos.

Quantum's Q Ball held at the Energy Innovation Center

Party like it’s 1929: The bar was set high for the Q Ball after last year’s mesmerizing event, and this year’s did not disappoint.

1 month ago


 Kelly and Nic Kennedy. #SEENChairs.

History Uncorked event held at The Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center welcomed roughly 2,000 partygoers (one of its most popular events ever) to be a part of this year’s 1940s’ theme.

1 month ago


 Christy Kobus, left and her sister, Diana Kobus.

CLO Ambassadors' Gala held at the Duquesne Club

The CLO Ambassadors’ 18th annual Wine Tasting raised roughly $100,000 on Friday night.

1 month ago


 Joan Stewart, Jan Shoop and Diana Thompson, event chairs.

Oakmont Country Club hosts Antiques Show

Jewelry, silver, furniture and paintings were among the items that surrounded more than 150 guests during the preview party for the 11th

1 month ago


 Traci and Brian Lamfrom. #SEENChairs.

Jewish Community Center event raises funds for center programs

The 11th annual “Hidden Gems of the JCC” was an elaborately staged “Raiders of the Lost Ark” meets Dr. Livingston kind of bash.

1 month ago


 Honorees Dr. Mark A. Goodman, Mary Markle and Dr. William H. Markle.

Social events about the town

Medical Society hosts Community Awards; Bash at the Bank held at Dollar Bank.

1 month ago


 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 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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APRIL

Apr 16: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 45th anniversary Season Finale Gala; at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; www.pbt.org/events/45th-season-finale-gala
April 16: An Affair to Care to benefit Family Resources; at 1425 Forbes Ave.; www.familyresourcesofpa.org
Apr. 16: The Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction; at Westin Convention Center; www.artrooneyaward.com
Apr 16: JFilm Festival Opening Night; at Manor Theatre and reception following at JCC-Katz Theatre; or 412-992-5203 www.JFilmPgh.org
Apr 16: POWER Promises: A Night of Hope; at Rodef Shalom, Shadyside; 412-243-7535 X 223 or estimmel@power-recovery.com
Apr 17: Familylinks presents John Pizzarelli at Just Jazz III; The Twentieth Century Club; www.familylinks.org
Apr 18: JDRF’s Rainbow Gala; Westin Convention Center; https://jdrf-westernpa.ejoinme.org/RainbowGala2015
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; bcthaw@aol.com /a> or 412-849-3850
Apr 18: Hops for Hearth; at Bigelow Conference & Reception Center 4338 Bigelow Blvd. 15213;
http://www.hearth-bp.org/hopsforhearth.htm
Apr 18: The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Denim and Diamonds Event; at Greensburg Country Club; 724-837-1850 or www.westmorelandsymphony.org
Apr 18: The Pittsburgh Concert Society annual Dinner Gala; at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association; www.pittsburghconcertsociety.org/
Apr 19: Friendship Circle’s 9th annual Friends All Around fundraiser; at Westin Convention Center, Downtown; info@fcpgh.org or www.fcpgh.org or 412-224-4440
Apr 19: 2014-15 Waldman International Awards and Recognition event; at the Andy Warhol Museum; www.eventbrite.com/e/waldman-international-awards-and-recognition-event-tickets-15622739033
Apr 19: Victorian Tea to support Sojourner House; at Grand Priory on the North Side; www.sojournerhousepa.org/donate
Apr 19: Hadassah Greater Pittsburgh’s inaugural Sweet Sunday; Rodef Shalom; free to public
Apr 20: Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park’s annual benefit dinner party; Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville; www.pittsburghshakespeare.org
Apr 21: Three Rivers Adoption Council: [UnMask]erade Gala; at LeMont Restaurant; www.3riversadopt.org/Calendar.asp
apr 22: Wine Down Wednesday; at Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille; www.heart.org/goredevents
Apr 22: Earth Day’s Hotel Monaco Pre-Party; at Hotel Monaco, Downtown; www.showclix.com/event/PghEarthDayChrisJamison/pre-sale
Apr 22: Earth Day’s Sustainability Soiree; at the Fairmont, Downtown; www.showclix.com/event/SustainabilitySoiree
Apr 23: 17th annual FAME Luncheon; Duquesne Club; ajones09@famefund.org or 412-363-5535
Apr. 23: The Cancer Caring Center’s Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards; Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square; www.cancercaring.org or call 412-622-1212.
Apr 23: “An Evening with Roz Chast” to support Family Hospice and Palliative Care; at Rodef Shalom in Oakland; www.familyhospicepa.org/
Apr 23: Phipps Tropical Forest Congo Premiere Party; at Phipps Conservatory; phipps.conservatory.org or 412-651-5281
Apr 24: CASA of Westmoreland County Leadership Breakfast; Word of Life Ministries Dining Hall in Greensburg; westmorelandcasa.org
Apr 24: Jameson’s Army hosts Green Heart Gala; at The LeMont on Mount Washington; kathyhelbling@jamesonsarmy.org
Apr 24: Lutheran SeniorLife Excellence is Ageless Gala; Heinz Field East Club Lounge; 724-453-6014
Apr 25: Let’s Celebrate August Wilson; at Hill House Association; augustwilsonedu@wqed.org
Apr 25: SAMA hosts 4th annual Night of Distinction Dinner; Loretto Museum; 814-472-3920
Apr 25: Let Them Eat Cake; at the Pittsburgh Opera; http://midwifecenter.org
Apr 25: A Deco Affair: Puttin’ on the Ritz; at Twentieth Century Club, Oakland; www.otsummerfest.org/gala or 412-621-1499
Apr 28: Outreach Teen & Family Services “Night at the Speakeasy”; at Sienna Mercato, Downtown; www.outreachteen.org or 412-561-5405
Apr 29: The DePaul School of Young Professionals presents Mustaches and Microbrews; at the Pittsburgh Opera; 412-924-1012 or www.showclix.com/events/20385
Apr 29: Conservatory of Performing Arts Broadway Bound!; at Point Park University, Lawrence Hall; www.pointpark.edu
Apr 30: The Challenge Program Inc.’s Crystal Owl Gala; at Carnegie Music Hall; www.tcpinc.org
Apr 30: “Their stories, our History”: An event to honor our region’s veterans; at Heinz History Center, Strip District; www.showclix.com/event/veteransbreakfastclub
Apr 30: Pittsburgh’s Cattle Baron’s Ball: Wine and Boots Bash; Pittsburgh Opera House, Strip District; 412-353-1350; http://events.y108.cbslocal.com/pittsburgh_pa/events/cattle-barons-ball-featuring-scotty-mccreery-/E0-001-081386913-4


MAY

May 1: Women’s Center & Shelter 40th anniversary Celebrating Survivors event; J. Verno Studios, Southside; www.wcspittsburgh.org/CelebratingSurvivors
May 1: Rights to Realities: Celebrating Women’s Health and Equality; at the Fairmont Hotel; www.womenslawproject.org
May 1: 3rd annual Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Extravaganza; at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church; www.3riversadopt.org
May 2: PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s 17th annual Spring Hat Luncheon; at Riverview Park on the North Side; ssmith@pittsburghparks.org or 412-682-7725 X 205
May 2: That’s Entertainment! to Support Pittsburgh Public Theater; at Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel; www.pbt.org
May 2: East End Brewing’s Crafts & Drafts Mom & Dad Market; 147 Julius Street, Pittsburgh PA 15206; craftsanddrafts.com
May 2: Derby Party; at Wigle Whiskey Barrel House; www.wiglewhiskey.com/derby-party.
May 3: Wm. McKinley Citizens Center’s Spring Luncheon and Bingo located at Center and Seventh Streets in Verona, PA 15147; 412-828-3750
May 5: National Kidney Foundation’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration; at One Oxford Centre, downtown; adecic01@yahoo.com
May 7: Rolling Hills: Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape Opening Reception; at Frick Art Museum; www.rollinghillsfrick.org
May 8: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s 7th annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon; at Fairmont Pittsburgh; 412-823-8272
May 13: Celebrate with SHIM: Heroes among us; at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon; www.shim-center.org
May 16: Monongahela Valley Hospital’s 27th annual Gala: A Night at the Museum; Westin Convention Center Grand Ballroom; asmith@monvalleyhospital.com or 724-258-1657
May 17: A Taste of Two Towns; Oakmont Library; jgbrownlee@yahoo.com
May 28: “At First Glance” to support the 104th annual Exhibition of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh; at Hotel Monaco; aap@aapgh.org
May 21: YWCA’s 33rd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon; Westin Hotel, Downtown; www.ywcapgh.org/
May 29: Pups with a Purpose: Black and White Bash; Heinz History Center; http://lhas.net/calendar/


JUNE

June 4: Big Mac Open & Getaway; at Nemacolin Woodland Resort; 866-344-6957
June 5: 2015 Great Night Gala; Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; 412-322-5058 X 284
June 6: GridIron Gold to honor Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks born in western PA; at Wyndham Grand Hotel, Downtown; www.MyWoodlands.org
June 6: The Woodlands inaugural Block Party; at the Woodlands 134 Shenot Rd, Wexford PA 15090; http://mywoodlands.org/our-events/block-party-at-the-woodlands/
June 13: The Machester Craftsmen Guild’s Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration; Heinz Hall; http://mcgjazz.org/_wp/save-the-date
June 13: Into the Woods: A Fundraiser for the Audubon Society of Western PA; at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel; 412-963-6100 or www.aswp.org
June 19: NPF Courage Gala; at East Club Lounge of Heinz Field; www.pancreasfoundation.org
June 19-21: 5th annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival; Pittsburgh Cultural District; trustarts.org/jazzlivefest

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