For Immediate Release

Media Contact: John Cain
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

“LBC Bake Off: A Community Baking Challenge” aims to help increase access to the arts for Sonoma County schools and communities

Santa Rosa, Calif. (March 8, 2022) – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced it will host a command performance of its community bake off in celebration of this year’s spring Art of Dessert annual fundraising event. LBC Bake Off: A Community Baking Challenge invites amateur and professional bakers across Sonoma County to enter the two-week social media competition for the chance to showcase their talents and win a gift certificate toward LBC performance tickets.

“We are thrilled to once again open up Art of Dessert to the whole community by hosting our second bake-off competition,” said LBC President and CEO Rick Nowlin. “Despite concerns last year when we had to move the event online due to the pandemic, the Bake Off energized our social media community with a surprising zeal that helped us raise $510,000 toward our mission to increase access to the arts for all residents across Sonoma County. When ninety percent of LBC ticket sales covers artist fees and compensation, fundraising events like Art of Dessert are vital to ensuring we meet our philanthropic responsibility to the community.”

To participate in the LBC Bake Off: A Community Baking Challenge, bakers enter one of three categories: Young Baker for participants age 15 and under, Home Baker for amateurs older than age 15, and Semi-Pro/Pro. Contestants prepare and decorate their signature confections and post photos on their Facebook and Instagram accounts. Community members will judge the bake-off entries, and winners will receive a $150 gift certificate toward purchases at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Entry details and rules are available at

The bake-off competition kicks off on March 16 and ends at midnight, March 30. LBC will announce winners on Sat, April 2, at 10 am on social media. To view competition entries, comment, and share bake-off inspirations, follow @lutherburbankcenter on Facebook and @lbcsoco on Instagram.

About Art of Dessert

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) will host Art of Dessert, its annual gala to benefit LBC’s arts and education programs, on April 9, 2022, in LBC’s Lytton Rancheria Grand Lobby in Santa Rosa. Through Art of Dessert, LBC aims to raise $525,000 to support its 26 different Education and Community Engagement (ECE) programs. ECE provides enrichment through the arts to 50,000 students in the North Bay, scholarships to teachers and teaching artists, a sculpture garden and visual arts program, and a musical instrument lending library for schools and music programs. Besides the gala and bake off, the fundraiser also includes a public online auction, beginning April 2. Details to be announced at a later date.

About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts 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 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving more than 50,000 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.

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