Liz Truter wearing a dress by Polish designer Viola Spiechowicz.
Brian Siewiorek and Rebecca Himberger.
Board chair Henry Simonds and Colleen Daily.
Raquel Davila and Jeremiah Jackson.
Sprout Fund executive director Cathy Lewis and husband Rob Long.
Yuko Asano looks at the art.
Caryn Rubinoff with Rob Brandegee adn Ava DeMarco.
By Marylynn Uricchio Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The energy was palpable on Aug. 29 when more than 3,000 guests turned out for the Sprout Fund's seventh annual Hothouse benefit. The roving party found a terrific new location at Bakery Square in East Liberty, Walnut Capital's retail and office complex still under construction on the site of the old Nabisco cookie factory. A giant stage outside and cavernous loft inside kept guests circulating to experience assorted cutting-edge entertainment, from flamenco dancers to the Pittsburgh Accordion Pool Party Orchestra, and fare provided by a host of local restaurants and purveyors. The party attracts a young, hip crowd, starting with event architect Thommy Conroy, who devised the all-white carnival decor. The benefit supports the Sprout Fund's mission to provide seed money for small-scale, innovative and creative community projects, programming and public art.