Linda Hawke has a green thumb and a big heart. Linda has been volunteering in hospitals since the age of 11, and it was during one of her many shifts at Sutter that Linda was invited by a friend to join her as a volunteer at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Linda hasn’t stopped since 2009. After all these years she still “enjoys the different opportunities and avenues to meet and work with patrons, volunteers and staff”. In her time at the Center, Linda has worn several hats — she has conducted volunteer orientations, helped with volunteer scheduling, and enjoyed volunteering in “The Club”, an intimate pre-show reception for members. Candice Day, Executive Assistant at the Center says, “Linda truly understands the meaning of volunteering and its importance within our community. With her warm and welcoming smile, Linda oversaw the Orientation of new incoming volunteers always making sure that they truly understood how very important their volunteer work is to the Center.”
Outside of the Center, Linda has always worked with flowers and gardening. Her husband is the President of a local winery and Linda does all the flower selection, purchasing and landscape planning. “Climate dominates what you plant and after living in Illinois, Utah, Georgia and Utah, Northern California has been a gardener’s paradise.”
During performances, Linda likes to spend time out in the lobby, chatting with other volunteers and being available to help our patrons with any needs they have. Her favorite performances have been the “true entertainers” like Dave Koz, Chicago, Earth, Wind and Fire, as well as Move Live (with Julianna and Derek Hough) and Shirley MacLaine who “really bonded with the audience.” Her biggest kick was seeing an all-male ballet performance, “I really didn’t know what to expect but I loved it!” Through her dedication and great attitude Linda truly supports our mission to Enrich, Educate and Entertain Sonoma County through the arts.