As we have for close to four decades, we take seriously how LBC serves this community.
We appreciate the support you have given us and we continue to find ways to give back to you.
Immediately after the fires, and ongoing, the Center has stepped up to its role as a community gathering place, being there for our neighbors in any way we can – offering the solace and healing power of the arts, providing a place to meet, creating an inspiring and stimulating educational environment for our children to flourish and grow.
Since the fires, LBC has:
- Served as host site for community meetings: Coffey Park Town Hall, Reibli Neighborhood Group, Berry Brook Neighborhood, Green Council, Fire Victims Coalition Seminar.
- Was the site of the “We Build Together New Year’s Eve” event hosted by Supervisor James Gore for community members displaced by the fires.
- Offered a “Pay What You Can” Initiative for fire victims and first responders: Spanning 6 performances (Shopkins, Air Supply, La Belle, PJ Masks, Dwight Yoakam, Mannheim), we gave a total of 701 free tickets.
- Co-Presented with King Ridge Foundation the Stand Up Sonoma Benefit, a night of comedy featuring Joel McHale, Nikki Glaser, and other popular comedians. This show sold 1416 tickets, and with sponsorships, raised a total of $160,657 to help victims of the fires.
- Co-presented with Creative Sonoma two-day “Trauma Recovery Seminars” serving 25 teaching artists. The Teaching Artist Guild of San Francisco trained local teacher artists to address trauma in the classroom.
- Served as host site for KQED/NPR Radio free “Forum on the Road” live broadcast program “Sonoma Six Months After the Wildfires” attended by 800 people and broadcast nationally on NPR radio.
- Hosted Play it Forward, a benefit concert for LBC and Creative Sonoma, presented by Guitar Player magazine. The unique event was part benefit concert featuring Andy Summers of the Police and many local musicians, part “instrument giveaway” for musicians who lost instruments, and an auction of guitars signed by renowned guitarists. A highlight of the event included 35 guitars donated by Fender being distributed to musicians that had lost them in the fire and then all of the recipients were invited to the performance.
And as you know, LBC did not completely escape damage from the fire. We were relieved that the main theater and most of the campus survived, but the Center was impacted as well. View photos and more information at our LBC Fire Recovery Fund page.
We are #YourLBC and with you, we are all #sonomastrong.