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Media Contact: John Cain
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts announces public online auction to benefit arts education programs in Sonoma County

Art of Dessert fundraiser features arts and entertainment treasures, including wine tastings, spa days, golf, dining experiences, signed LBC performance posters, theater tickets

Santa Rosa, Calif. March 29, 2023 – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts announced its public online auction will kick off next month as part of its Art of Dessert 20th Anniversary gala, its biggest fundraising event of the year.

The Art of Dessert public online action, which benefits programs that increase access to the arts across Sonoma County, is open to the public. Bidding for up to 60 entertainment, arts, and culinary items starts at 8:00 am on April 8 and closes at 8:00 pm on April 18. Items up for bid include exclusive wine packages, spa days, rounds of golf, dining experiences, gifts, signed LBC performer posters, and theater tickets. For details about the auction, auction items, and participation, visit

“We’re always excited to bring back this shared event so that the whole community can celebrate Art of Dessert with us,” said Rick Nowlin, President & CEO. “Tickets to this year’s 20th Anniversary Emerald Gala sold out as soon as it was announced, but we want to include all community members who champion the LBC in this vital effort to raise funds to support the arts.”

About Art of Dessert

Since it first started in 2003, Art of Dessert has raised more than $5 million and has helped provide enrichment in the arts to more than 530,000 children, families, and educators. Through Art of Dessert, LBC aims to raise $650,000 to support its programs, most notably its 26 different Education and Community Engagement (ECE) programs. ECE provides enrichment through the arts to 50,000 students, teachers, artists, families, and life-long learners in the North Bay. It also provides scholarships to teachers and teaching artists, a sculpture garden and visual arts program, and a music instrument lending library for schools and music programs.

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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