From left, Dawn Fleischner, Bill and Carolyn Byham and Harris Ferris.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s season finale gala held at the Benedum

Roughly 230 guests celebrated the PBT’s 45th year with a gala, and a surprise announcement.

5 days ago

 Kathy and Morgan K. O'Brien, gala honoree.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts 23rd Rainbow Gala

More than 700 supporters attended the Rainbow Gala held at the Westin Convention Center.

5 days ago

 Dr. Tony DiGioia, Susan Koeppen and Brett Keisel.

Art Rooney Award dinner held at the Westin Convention Center

Roughly 500 partygoers supported the 42nd annual Art Rooney Award Dinner & Auction to benefit The Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh.

5 days ago

 Roger and Regina Humphries.

Familylinks hosts Just Jazz III

More than 200 jazz enthusiasts came out to tap their feet and show support for Familylinks and to honor local jazz legend, Roger Humphries.

5 days ago

 From left, Theodora Polamalu, Liz Murphy and Melanie Gefert-Azur.

Irene’s Dream Luncheon benefits the Bartko Foundation

Roughly 245 fashionistas shopped ‘til they dropped at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown, to benefit the Bartko Foundation.

5 days ago

 The Great Debate: Peggy Outon, Grant Oliphant, Heather Arnet and Thomas Ryan.


Many fun things happened over the weekend that didn’t fit in the paper, including the JFilm Festival, POWER Promises and The Great Debate.

5 days ago

 From left, Jay and Bonnie Mangold, Jennifer Hoerster and Jerry Dickinson.

Beer event raises funds for HEARTH

More than 350 guests came out to support HEARTH to help end homelessness and support at-risk families.

5 days ago

 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.


A few events of note.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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

3 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.

3 weeks ago

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


Check out who else was #SEEN this weekend.

3 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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!”

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.”

1 month 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



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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Apr 20: Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park’s annual benefit dinner party; Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville;
Apr 21: Three Rivers Adoption Council: [UnMask]erade Gala; at LeMont Restaurant;
apr 22: Wine Down Wednesday; at Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille;
Apr 22: Earth Day’s Hotel Monaco Pre-Party; at Hotel Monaco, Downtown;
Apr 22: Earth Day’s Sustainability Soiree; at the Fairmont, Downtown;
Apr 23: 17th annual FAME Luncheon; Duquesne Club; or 412-363-5535
Apr. 23: The Cancer Caring Center’s Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards; Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square; or call 412-622-1212.
Apr 23: “An Evening with Roz Chast” to support Family Hospice and Palliative Care; at Rodef Shalom in Oakland;
Apr 23: Phipps Tropical Forest Congo Premiere Party; at Phipps Conservatory; or 412-651-5281
Apr 24: CASA of Westmoreland County Leadership Breakfast; Word of Life Ministries Dining Hall in Greensburg;
Apr 24: Jameson’s Army hosts Green Heart Gala; at The LeMont on Mount Washington;
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;
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;
Apr 25: A Deco Affair: Puttin’ on the Ritz; at Twentieth Century Club, Oakland; or 412-621-1499
Apr 28: Outreach Teen & Family Services “Night at the Speakeasy”; at Sienna Mercato, Downtown; or 412-561-5405
Apr 29: The DePaul School of Young Professionals presents Mustaches and Microbrews; at the Pittsburgh Opera; 412-924-1012 or
Apr 29: Conservatory of Performing Arts Broadway Bound!; at Point Park University, Lawrence Hall;
Apr 30: The Challenge Program Inc.’s Crystal Owl Gala; at Carnegie Music Hall;
Apr 30: “Their stories, our History”: An event to honor our region’s veterans; at Heinz History Center, Strip District;
Apr 30: Pittsburgh’s Cattle Baron’s Ball: Wine and Boots Bash; Pittsburgh Opera House, Strip District; 412-353-1350;


May 1: Women’s Center & Shelter 40th anniversary Celebrating Survivors event; J. Verno Studios, Southside;
May 1: Rights to Realities: Celebrating Women’s Health and Equality; at the Fairmont Hotel;
May 1: 3rd annual Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Extravaganza; at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church;
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 2: That’s Entertainment! to Support Pittsburgh Public Theater; at Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel;
May 2: East End Brewing’s Crafts & Drafts Mom & Dad Market; 147 Julius Street, Pittsburgh PA 15206;
May 2: Derby Party; at Wigle Whiskey Barrel House;
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;
May 6: Propel Schools presents Power of Propel; at Propel Hazelwood: 5401 Glenwood Ave. 15207;
May 7: Rolling Hills: Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape Opening Reception; at Frick Art Museum;
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;
May 16: Monongahela Valley Hospital’s 27th annual Gala: A Night at the Museum; Westin Convention Center Grand Ballroom; or 724-258-1657
May 16: Pittsburgh Opera’s Maecenas XXXI: Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, Strip District; 412-281-0912 X 225 or
May 17: A Taste of Two Towns; Oakmont Library;
May 17: Bradford House Garden Party; at the David Bradford House; 724-222-3604
May 28: “At First Glance” to support the 104th annual Exhibition of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh; at Hotel Monaco;
May 21: YWCA’s 33rd annual Tribute to Women Leadership Awards Luncheon; Westin Hotel, Downtown;
May 29: Pups with a Purpose: Black and White Bash; Heinz History Center;


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;
June 6: The Woodlands inaugural Block Party; at the Woodlands 134 Shenot Rd, Wexford PA 15090;
June 13: The Machester Craftsmen Guild’s Pittsburgh Jazz Celebration; Heinz Hall;
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
June 19: NPF Courage Gala; at East Club Lounge of Heinz Field;
June 19-21: 5th annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival; Pittsburgh Cultural District;
June 20: Diamonds & Denim; in Market Square;

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