Announcing a Return to Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Announcing a Return to
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Made Possible Through a 10-Year Sponsorship
from Lytton Rancheria
The Board and staff of the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation are excited to announce a new 10-year naming sponsorship agreement with Lytton Rancheria / Lytton Band of Pomo Indians. The Lytton Tribe is using their generous sponsorship to gift back to the community our original name, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, following the conclusion of a 10-year naming sponsorship with Wells Fargo. The return to the “LBC” will be effective March 12, 2016.
The new website for Luther Burbank Center for the Arts will be lutherburbankcenter.org, and the phone number for tickets and information will remain 707.546.3600.
Since its founding in 1981, the Center has been committed to serving the North Bay, contributing to the region’s vibrancy through live performances and visual arts, providing a central gathering place for community events, and delivering nationally-recognized, arts-integrated education programs that reach over 30,000 students each year. The Center is a hub for activity in the North Bay, reaching nearly 500,000 people annually. Since 2006, the Foundation’s mission has been supported through a 10-year naming rights agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, which ends on March 11, 2016. A major supporter since 2009, Lytton Rancheria is increasing its underwriting from Season Sponsor to Naming Sponsor, which will allow the Center to continue its vital programming and service to the community.
Margie Mejia, Tribal Chairperson of Lytton Rancheria, stated: “As dedicated and involved members of the North Bay region, Lytton Rancheria seeks projects and partners with whom we feel strong synergy. We place high value on supporting education, enrichment and community connection – three guiding principles of the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation. Deepening our commitment to the Foundation by stepping up to support the name returning to LBC perfectly aligns with how we see our role in the community, and we are thrilled to continue our support of this impactful organization.”
“From the day this Center opened its doors in the fall of 1981, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts has been a name synonymous with world class entertainment, diverse cultural enrichment, education through the arts and a deep abiding sense of community engagement,” said Board Chair Paul Wilcock. He continued, “The Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation has always been the owner and operator of this performing arts center. Today, we proudly rechristen the organization, and thanks to generous support from Lytton Rancheria, help to ensure that this valuable community resource will continue for years to come.”
Lytton Rancheria’s sponsorship will begin March 12, 2016 and continue through June 30, 2026. Their major annual gift will help support all programs and operations. A rarity in the world of regional arts centers, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is not owned or operated by a municipality, county or state government, or a university. It is an independent, non-profit performing arts center and must be self-sustaining through individual contributions, support from foundations and businesses, and ticket sales.
About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
A 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and events center, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally-recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular civic events. The Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 100 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving 30,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 1,000 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain. www.lutherburbankcenter.org
About Lytton Rancheria
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, a federally recognized Pomo Indian Tribe originally from Healdsburg, has called Sonoma County home for generations. Since their tribal status was reinstated by the federal government in 1991, following a 30-year struggle, the Tribe has significantly improved the lives of their members through investment in the San Pablo Lytton Casino, among other business ventures. Lytton Rancheria has demonstrated an impressive commitment to the North Bay community through support of the Windsor Fire Protection District, the Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County, the PDI Surgery Center in Windsor, the Charles M. Schulz Museum, and the Sonoma County Historical Society, to name a few. Lytton Rancheria has been a proud supporter of the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation since 2009.
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