Over the course of her career, Linda Budge has donated her time, effort and creativity to raise funds for conservation and animal welfare groups.
Linda did a series of limited edition prints for Ducks Unlimited to raise money for wetland and waterfowl conservation. Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited recognized Linda with the Artists of the Year award in 1995, and she was recognized as the Colorado Ducks Unlimited honoree in 1999.
Linda designed greeting card images for the Guide Dog Foundation, and in celebration of their 50th anniversary, she was commissioned to do an original oil painting which now hangs in the Foundation’s National Administrative Center in Smithtown, New York.
Since moving to Cave Creek, Arizona, Linda has done benefits for the Desert Foothills Land Trust and the Desert Foothills Library.
She personally sponsored the Dog Days of August charity event, a short story contest. The winner receiving a free oil painting of their dog. This event benefited state animal rescue and welfare organizations, raising thousands of dollars for the care, placement and protection of animals. The photo to the right shows Laura Ibsen receiving her painting, along with her dog, Patches.
Linda is presenting Linda Searle, Executive Director with a check for the Southwest Wildlife Conservation. This is a non profit org. that rehabilitates thousands of sick, injured, orphaned or displaced wild animals to be released back into the wild. For those animals that cannot be released, Southwest Wildlife offers a home for life in their sanctuary. www.southwestwildlife.org