For Immediate Release

Media Contact: John Cain
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and Los Cien announce joint call-for-nominations for community leadership awards

Santa Rosa, Calif., March 1, 2023 – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced it is partnering with Los Cien, a leader in elevating Latinx equity in the North Bay, to honor often unsung change-makers who have had a positive impact on the social, economic, and cultural welfare of Sonoma County’s Latinx community. LBC and Los Cien today issued a joint call-for-nominations for both organizations’ community leadership awards as a way of broadening the scope of deserving nominees.

“We are excited about this opportunity to deepen our longstanding collaboration with Los Cien to advance representation of the Latinx community in Sonoma County,” said Ashleigh Worley, Director of Education & Community Engagement. “By combining our efforts, LBC and Los Cien are empowering our outreach networks to give more people, businesses, and organizations more opportunity to celebrate deserving community leaders. We believe there are scores of advocates who merit Sonoma County’s thanks and recognition, and we encourage the community to nominate them so that we can honor their activism.”

Nominations for both awards programs opened Tuesday, February 21, 2023. Community members are invited to nominate their choices for both the Puente y Ganas awards, as well as LBC’s Latino Community Leadership Awards. The nomination form is available on the Los Cien website, The nomination process closes on April 3, 2023.

About the Awards

Los Cien’s Puente y Ganas Awards are presented to an individual and an organization or business that are Latino bridge builders and champions who have helped advance belonging, trust, and equity for the Latinx community in Sonoma County. Recipients of the awards will be presented at the 3rd Annual Los Cien Puente & Ganas Awards dinner on June 24, 2023. The event will be hosted at the LBC from 4:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets, tables, and sponsorship opportunities will be available in mid-March at

LBC’s The Latino Community Leadership Awards are presented annually to an individual and a group/organization/business who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Latino community through volunteerism, education, mentorship, or other personal or professional efforts. The LBC will present its community service awards on stage during its 14th annual Fiesta de Independencia on September 10, 2023. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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.

About Los Cien

Los Cien Sonoma County, a 501 C(3) non-profit organization, brings people together, educates the community about Latinx challenges and issues, and strives to elevate Latinx leadership and empowerment in Sonoma County. It hosts more than seven luncheon programs and four signature events annually, with its audience ranging from 300-600 guests per event. Los Cien is committed to creating a safe space for difficult, critical, and honest conversations focused on issues that concern, elevate, and illuminate Latino issues and experiences.

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