35th Annual SEAD Picnic

35th Annual SEAD Democratic Free Picnic-“Party like it is 1987”

Due to the overwhelming response to the 35Th SEAD Free Picnic, the SEAD Picnci has returned to the South Park Fairgrounds Clock Building. The 35th Annual SEAD Picnic is a little more than a month away. This year’s picnic will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2023 from 1 pm to 5 pm For 35 years the SEAD Picnic has traditionally been the kickoff event for the fall campaign. The picnic is free just bring a covered dish in a disposable container no need to bring utensils we have plenty, It will be a mixture of all our themes including, LUAU, Back to the 80’s, Pittsburgh Sports Tailgate, and of course Star Wars. Wear your tee shirts and buttons from past picnics or dress up in our of past picnic themes listed or just wear your favorite candidate tee shirt,

Every year hundreds of Democrats attend this fun event to cheer on our Democratic Nominees from the Governor, Lt. Governor, and U.S. Senate Races, Congressional. State Senate and State House from all over Allegheny County.

Many statewide candidates have called the SEAD Picnic a must This year’s picnic will feature some picnic favorites like the medium Sara Sachs, and Politically Correct (basket and ticket auction), and UPMC will have their Info Bus and will be passing out information and giveaways for all. We will also have the 3rd Annual corn hole tournament with prizes., Weird Eric will return with his magic and Nationally recognized Balloon Art, The Award Winning Historic Pittsburgh Photography of the late Pittsburgh Press Photographer Edward A, Frank. Edward was the father of SEAD President Robert Frank, including a special recognition ceremony of Allegheny County’s efforts to preserve South Park Fairgrounds and a rolling photo slide presentation of SEAD events of the past, and a chance to see one of our region’s best known reptile`,

The picnic is Free-Attendees are just asked to bring a salad, dessert, or main dish. SEAD provides chicken, salad, plates and utensils, water, pop, and Beer donated by State Senator Wayne Fontana, Judging from the excitement levels and the crucial issues of today, this is looking to be one of our best in the State.

Sponsorship of The SEAD Picnic is a great way to get your name in front of hundreds of active and energized Democrats from throughout the county. Now more than ever it is important that Democrats win at all levels from State Courts to Local and County offices while looking ahead to Next year’s Presidential Election, U.S, Congress. and the State Senate and State House. Our Democracy is depending on Big Wins for Democrats everywhere!

It’s not too late to be a sponsor. The SEAD Picnic is free thanks to the support of our sponsors. (Attendees are only asked to bring a covered dish (enough for 8 people.) Sponsorships are available at a variety of different levels to fit any budget.

Picnic Sponsorship Levels

Jade Level – $500 Includes space for hanging your campaign banner at the picnic and mentioned in the picnic social media and promotional materials, name will appear on the sponsor board, newsletter, and table tents designed by SEAD.

Coral Level- $250 Public thanks at the picnic, social media and promotional materials. Your name will appear on the sponsor board, in the newsletter and on table tents designed by SEAD.

Get Out the Vote Level- $100 You will be thanked by the emcee at the event, in the SEAD Newsletter, and on social media.

Tiki Level – $50-Mention in SEAD newsletter, sponsor board, and at the picnic

35th Anniversary Friend Level – $35-Mention at the event and in the SEAD newsletter. Your name will appear on the sponsor board and in the SEAD newsletter

For details contact me at 412 583-5973 or Email: Make checks payable to SEAD: and send to SEAD, P.O. Box 99311 Pittsburgh, PA 15233. The deadline to be included in signage and promotional materials is August 21, 2023 So Act Fast!

Democratically Yours

Robert Frank

SEAD President

P.S. Bring an auction basket, Pirate or Pens Tickets, and Gift Cards for the Politically Correct Auction on the day of the picnic. Contact SEAD Second Vice President Slyvia Wilson.

SEAD 2023 Picnic Committee Members, Robert Frank, Tony Mosesso, Sylvia Wilson, Michelle Zmijanac, Richard Ernsberger, Nancy Snider, Sara Sachs, Craig Jackson, Barbara Behrend Ernsberger and Dan Ernsberger, Shannon Barkley, Alex Criego, Dave and Joan, Burton Comensky, Buchewicz, Marlene Curran, Kathy Simpson, Joe Kleppick, Ben Woods, Ron Panza, Theresa Gigliotti, Marlene Curran, Dottie Grant, Jonathan and Lori Nadle, Jonathan Alexander and Dottie Grant, Alex Criego, Sonja and Jameel Bey, Kathy Simpson, There is still time to be part of the picnic committee.


33rd Annual SEAD St. Paddy’s Day Pre-Endorsement Free Breakfast and Petition Sign Event

Saturday, February 25th from 8:30 Am to 11:30 Am

Riley’s Pour House, 215 N. Main Street, Carnegie, PA 15106


33rd Annual SEAD Pre-Endorsement Free Breakfast & Petition Signing Event

Thank You Sponsors

Emerald Isle Level Sponsor ($500)

State Senator Wayne Fontana (42nd State Senate District)

Steve Zappala for DA

Pot of Gold Level Sponsor ($250)

Erica Rocchi Bruesselars for County Treasurer

State Senator Jay Costa (State Senate District 43)

Joanna Doven for County Council at Large

Re-Elect Bethany Hallam for County Council at Large

Keep County Controller Corey O’Connor

State Rep. Nick Pisciottano (38th District)

Keep Common Pleas Judge Andy Szefi

John Weinstein for County Executive

Blarney Stone Sponsor Level $100

State Representative Jessica Benham (36th District)

Anthony Coghill for County Treasurer

District 5 County Council Member Tom Duerr

Matt Dugan for District Attorney

SEAD President Robert Frank

Sara Innamorato for County Executive

Keep District Judge Ricky King

Nina Ricciardi for District Judge (South Side Slopes, South Side Flats, Oakland ans Arlington)

The Luck of the Irish Level ($50)

Larry Dunn & Associates

SEAD First Vice President Anthony Mosesso

State Committee Member Barbara Ernsberger

Ben Woods

Four Leaf Clover Level Sponsor ($25)

The Honorable Sal Sirabella

State Committee Member Michelle Zmijanac (42nd District)

To Donate or Volunteer

For details on how you can volunteer or donate contact SEAD President Rob Frank at 412 583-5973 or Email: Make checks payable to SEAD: and send to SEAD, P.O. Box 99311 Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

Deadline to be included in signage and promotional materials is February 22nd. So Act Fast.



Be an informed voter!
Meet the Candidates seeking the Democratic Endorsement for the Primary Election and sign their petition to get on the ballot. (Which all candidates need to run for office.) Deadline to reserve candidates to reserve their spot is Wednesday, 3-23-22. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
WIN A BIG SCREEN TELEVISION & OTHER PRIZES!!FREE FOOD & BEVERAGES and SURPRISES. If you are a candidate seeking the Democratic Endorsement and would like to have a table to collect signatures contact SEAD President Rob Frank. 


33rd Annual SEAD Picnic Democratic Reunion

August 22nd from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm


The SEAD Picnic is FREE! Just bring, an entree, salad or dessert (enough for 8) in a disposable and recyclable container–aluminium pans are recommended. No utensils needed. This is our first GREEN Picnic–all of the utensils, cups, paper products, and cleaning products are eco-friendly. Please recycle at the picnic!

Get there early to get a good parking spot and enjoy a day jam-packed with fun for everyone!

Meet Democratic candidates and elected officials-including the next Mayor of Pittsburgh, Ed Gainey!

Don’t miss these great activities!

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm “Pittsburgh-A City of Renaissance and Transformation” Exhibit featuring the photographs of the late Edward A. Frank (father to SEAD President Rob Frank).  He was an award-winning Pittsburgh Press photographer whose work appeared everywhere from the cover of Life Magazine to Pravda (really!). His body of work documented more than 50 years of history, including all three Pittsburgh Renaissances. He was a three time winner of the prestigious “Golden Quill Award” for News Photography and was a contemporary and friend of Pittsburgh Courier photographer Teenie Harris. 

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Petting Zoo

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Pony Rides for the kids

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm DJ Steve Oberst playing the hits

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Free caricatures by Local Comic Book Artist Loran Skinkis

1:45 pm to 2:15 pm– Corn Hole Tournament with Prizes. Register your team at 1:30 pm. You team can win a $100, $50 or $25 GetGo Gas or Grocery Gift card courtesy of Jessel Costa for Allegheny County Cort of Common Pleas Judge.

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Wide World of Animals Show

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Messages from Spirit by Sara Sachs Mediumonthego

3:00 pm Dinner Buffet

4:45 pm Drawing of the Politically Correct Basket and Ticket Auction, Door Prizes and the Big 50/50.

5:00 pm If you enjoyed the picnic, stick around and help us clean up!

Covid-19 Protocol

We will be asking picnickers to follow any health orders that might be in place at the time of the event and CDC Guidelines. We will have free masks and hand sanitizer. SEAD rented Fairgrounds Building #4 for shows and events, so there will be plenty of room for social distancing. Please feel free to bring a camping chair so you can have the best seat in the house for the shows.

Please leave your dogs and other pets at home for their safety and the safety of our guests.

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