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 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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


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ABOUT SEEN

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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FEB

Feb 25: Jump to Ireland Tourism Event; at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown; LCooney@Tourismireland.com, or 212-418-0822.
Feb 26: 2015 Lending Hearts Gala: Enchanting the live of kids with cancer; LeMont on Mount Washington; www.showclix.com/event/LendingHearts2015Gala
Feb 27: “Fuggedaboutit” A ‘Sopranos’ themed event; at Bella Sera in Canonsburg; www.trwmg.com or 412-235-4050
Feb 27: Yale Club of Pittsburgh all Ivy Event; at Andy Warhol Museum; RSVP to chu6808@yahoo.com
Feb 27: Focus on Renewal Artini fundraiser; at Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave. in McKees Rocks; tickets at door for $20.00
Feb. 28: 26th annual Fire & Ice Heart Ball; at Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh; pittsburghheartball.heart.org
Feb 28: Cafe Con Leche presents Herencia Africana; 113 N. Pacific Ave. in Garfield; $5 suggested donation.
Feb 28: Bricolage’s B.U.S. 10 event; at the New Hazlett Theatre; www.bricolagepgh.org/events/bus-10


MARCH

Mar 2: 16th annual Champions for Children to benefit the Homeless Children’s Education Fund; at the Rivers Club; http://www.homelessfund.org/championsbenefit.html
Mar 5: Larry Richert Honors Hometown Heroes; Lexus Club at PNC Park; www.KDKA.com/heroes
Mar 5: Bank Bash Fundraising Event; at Dollar Bank, Downtown; www.cispac.org/events
or 412-361-4945
Mar 5: Sisters Place annual Crushed Grapes Wine Tasting; at Wintergarden at PPG; http://www.showclix.com/event/CrushedGrapes
Mar 6: CLO Wine Tasting Event; at Duquesne Club; www.pittsburghclo.org/forms/winetasting
Mar. 6: 2nd annual “Cocktails and Conversations”; at St. Nicholas Church in Millvale; www.panzagallery.com or 412-821-0959
Mar 6: History Uncorked: Pittsburgh’s Premier Party for Young Professionals; at the Heinz History Center; www.heinzhistorycenter.org
Mar 6: The 11th annual Antiques Show; at Oakmont Country Club; www.kerrmuseum.com or call 412-826-9295
Mar 6: 14th annual Fashion Africana; Carnegie Musuem Hall of Sculpture; http://www.showclix.com/event/FashionAFRICANA2015
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.; bignight@jccpgh.org 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; www.theeducationpartnership.org/
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; www.shadysidedems.org
Mar 7: Arts for Autism Event; at Kelly Strayhorn Theater; http://afapgh.org/
Mar 7: Kidney Gift of Life Gala; Heinz Field West Club Lounge; www.kidneyall.org
Mar 7: Quantum Theatre’s Q-Ball; at the Energy Innovation Center 1435 Bedford Ave. Pgh 15219; www.quantumtheatre.com
Mar 7: An Affair to Remember: Avon Club Fundraising Gala; at the Children’s Museum; www.avonclub.benavon.org
March 10: Crossroads: A One-Day Conference for Women presented by the Women and Girls Foundation of PA; at Wyndham Grand Hotel Downtown; www.wgfpa.org
Mar 11: 11th annual Pittsburgh Muscle Team event to support Muscular Dystrophy Association; Heinz Field; www.pittsburghmuscleteam.org
Mar 12: Sarah Heinz House Steak & Burger Dinner; at PNC Park Hall of Fame; sarahheinzhouse.com
Mar. 12: Crossroads: For women navigating through life; at Wyndham Grand Hotel, Downtown; www.wgfpa.org
Mar 14: Reach for a Star: A Gala Evening; Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe; centerfortheaterarts.org/gala/
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; www.theirelandfund.org or call 412-207-0760
Mar. 20: After Hours @ the Library; Carnegie Library of Oakland; www.carnegielibrary.org/events/
Mar 21: Shake Your Booties, The Children’s Home!; Stage AE; www.childrenshomepgh.org/shake-your-booties-2015
Mar 21: Picture This! presented by Ward Home; at the Pittsburgh Glass Center (5472 Penn Ave.); www.wardhome.org
Mar 21: Achieva’s Pittsburgh Promenade; at Westin Convention Center; www.achieva.info
Mar 21: Red Cross Ball; Omni William Penn; www.redcross.org/pa/pittsburgh/news-events/events
Mar 21: Out of Hand to support Contemporary Craft; at 2100 Smallman Street, 15222; www.contemporarycraft.org or call 412-261-7003
Mar 25: Great Futures Gala to support the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pa.; Gateway Clipper Fleet; http://www.bgcwpa.org/kissapig/
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; www.patf.org/
Mar 26-29: Pittsburgh Humanities Festival; at the Cultural District; www.trustarts.org/smarttalk 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; www.glassslipperball.com 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; www.dreamsofhope.org


APRIL

Apr 4: Pittsburgh’s Celebration of Life; at The Rivers Club, downtown;TheGatheringPgh@gmail.com or 724-205-9376
Apr 9: Fashion for the Wild; at the Pittsburgh Zoo; 412-365-2538; www.pittsburghzoo.org
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.; www.familyresourcesofpa.org
Apr. 16: The Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction; at Westin Convention Center; www.artrooneyaward.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. 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 25: Let Them Eat Cake; at the Pittsburgh Opera; http://midwifecenter.org


MAY

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 21: YWCA’s 33rd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon; Westin Hotel, Downtown; www.ywcapgh.org/






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