For Immediate Release

Media Contact: John Cain
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Art of Dessert fundraiser features travel, wines and tastings, museum passes, theater tickets, and dining experiences

Santa Rosa, Calif. March 14, 2024 Luther Burbank Center for the Arts announced its public online auction will kick off next month as part of its Art of Dessert 21st 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 March 30 and closes at 8:00 pm on April 9. Items up for bid include exclusive wine packages, gifts, and signed LBC performance posters, and dining experiences. For details about the auction, auction items, and participation, visit the auction website (

“We’re thrilled to invite our community to participate in the online auction for LBC’s annual Art of Dessert fundraiser to benefit the arts and arts education in Sonoma County,” said Rick Nowlin, President and CEO. “That so many people and businesses join us and contribute is a testament to the profound impact that art has on our lives. As always, The Art of Dessert represents a crucial moment for us to collectively invest in the cultural vibrancy of our region.”

About Art of Dessert

Since it first started in 2003, Art of Dessert has raised more than $6 million and has helped provide enrichment in the arts to more than 530,000 children, families, and educators. Last year, LBC raised a record $875,000 to support its programs, most notably its 26 different Education and Community Engagement free and low-cost arts and cultural programs. Annually, LBC 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 other 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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