From left, Co-chairs Christy Wiegand, Debbie Demchak, Meg Cheever, Annie Hanna Engel and Kiya Tomlin.

Hats galore: Riverview Park luncheon gala springs into action

A sea of roughly 670 colorful hats peppered the park on the North Side for the 17th annual event.

2 days ago

 Latasha and Charlie Batch with Shirl Regan.

The Women's Center & Shelter host fundraiser at J. Verno Studio

The Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh welcomed close to 300 guests on Friday night at the J. Verno Studio, South Side.

2 days ago

 Shaina Walker, left, and Lachelle Binion at the Rights to Realities: Women's Health and Equality event.

Women's Law Project hosts Rights to Reallities dinner

The Rights to Realities dinner to celebrate women’s health and equality was held at the Fairmont on Friday night.

2 days ago

 Ted Pappas with the "Vegas showgirls."

Pittsburgh Public Theater hosts 40th anniversary gala

The Wyndham Grand was host to PPT’s “That’s Entertainment With a Vegas Twist,” on Saturday night.

2 days ago

 Canaan Smith, left and Scotty McCreery.

First Cattle Baron’s Ball held at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters

The American Cancer Society welcomed country music star Scotty McCreery and Canaan Smith to entertain about 270 guests at fundraiser..

2 days ago

 Robert Morris and Clyde Jones.

UPMC Presents Art For Change

Close to 1,000 art enthusiasts and Persad supporters enjoyed an art auction by local collectors and artists at the Wyndham Grand.

2 days ago

 Hard Rock Cafe Legends Awards: From left, Larry Richert, Jim and Hedy Krenn, Chris Robert, Rick Granati, Jules Granati and Addie Molony, Donnie Iris’ daughter


Parties and events around town.

2 days ago

 Kelsey Halling, left and Kathleen Gaines.  The cake: "Ink, Magic and Imagination: The Magic Disney," by Bella Christie and Lil' Z's Sweet Boutique.

Lights, Camera, Cake! event benefits the Midwife Center

More than 400 guests indulged their sweet tooth at the Pittsburgh Opera on Saturday night for a cake tasting contest.

1 week ago

 Jacqueline D. Wilson and, Nikki Kazarick.

TRAC's [UnMask]erade Gala held at the LeMont

Three Rivers Adoption Council celebrates its 35th anniversary with event at LeMont.

1 week ago

 Evan Frazier, center, with Akiliann Bray, left, and Tyler Perry.

17th annual FAME Luncheon held at the Duquesne Club

FAME (Fund for Advancement of Minorities through Education) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

1 week ago

 Chris Jamison and Norman Childs.

#PghEarthDay Extravaganza

Chris Jamison performed during the Earth Day festivities held at Downtown’s Hotel Monaco.

1 week ago

 The McKain family from left Patrik, Colin, 8, Jameson, 4, and Danielle. #SEENInspiring

Green Heart Gala held at the LeMont

The fourth annual Green Heart Gala to raise funds for children and families dealing with congenital heart disease.

1 week ago

 Martin Potoczny with his work "The Climb," at his gallery opening in Garfield.

'LIGHT: A Luminous Project' opens at Garfield gallery

The pop-up exhibit features neon pieces Martin Potoczny has collected and created.

1 week ago

 From left, Anicet Mundundu, Michael Lichius and Nick Spivey of New Umoja.

Tropical Forest Congo Party held at Phipps

More than 200 guests flocked to escape the dreary weather and enjoy the tropical forest of the Congo at Phipps Conservatory.

1 week ago

 Cooking For a Cure: Marmee Maylone.


Catch up on even more fun events that happened this weekend!

1 week ago

 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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

1 month 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.

1 month ago

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


Check out who else was #SEEN this weekend.

1 month 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



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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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 8: History Makers Awards Dinner; at the Heinz History Center;
May 8: Studio AM Grand Opening!; at Studio AM Gallery in Homestead; free and open to the public from 7-10pm
May 9: #NOWSEETHIS; Carnegie Museum of Art Café and Foyer;
May 9: Salsita: A Benefit for La Escuelita Arcoiris; at the Pittsburgh Opera;
May 13: Celebrate with SHIM: Heroes among us; at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Mt. Lebanon;
May 14: SAVOR Pittsburgh’s 10th anniversary; at McCormick & Schmick, Downtown; or 412-641-8911
May 14: YMCA’s Cocktails & Conversations; at Perle in Market Square
May 14: YMCA’s Cocktails & Conversations; at Perle in Market Square;
May 15: Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania 2015 Awards of Distinction; at the Omni William Penn; register here.
May 15: Three Rivers Youth 135th anniversary celebration; at Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel;
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 18: City Theatre’s 40th Birthday Bash; at Heinz Field East Club Lounge; 412-431-4400 X 278
May 18: The Woodlands Wine Event; Off the Hook 908 Warrendale Village Drive, 15087;
May 20: Quantum Theatre’s 25th anniversary season Launch Party; at Union Trust Building 501 Grant Street; register here.
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 4: Go Red for Women Luncheon; Westin Convention Center, downtown;
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 6: Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball featuring Billy Porter; at the Omni William Penn Hotel;
June 6: Kelly Strayhorn’s Full Bloom Party; at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre;
June 7: YMCA’s Evening in Sienna; at Sienna Sulla Piazza in Market Square; For tickets contact
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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