Calabash - A Celebration of Gourds, Art and the Garden

Food For Thought, in collaboration with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, held the 14th annual Calabash on Sunday, October 5. Named Best Fundraiser by readers of the North Bay Bohemian in 2013 and 2014, the event featured a silent auction of fine gourd art, along fabulous food and wine, and tours of Food For Thought’s beautiful organic gardens. 

The event was a huge success, raising over $55,000 for Food For Thought - Sonoma County AIDS Food Bank. Food For Thought will used these funds to provide comprehensive nutrition and other services – free of charge – to 700 men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Sonoma County. Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, donated artwork, or volunteered!


Special thanks to our generous sponsors of this year’s Calabash event:

Basket Gourd
Kaiser Permanente

Dipper Gourd
Julie Atwood
Lisa Clyde
Gary and Barbara Gerber
Laurie Plant

Swan Gourd
California Food Connections
Kathleen D’asaro
John F. Ewing
Forestville Pharmacy
Frances Lum
Peter Mirkovich and Robert Knutson
Jim Penpraze and Diana Lobush
Bill and Mary-Louise Reinking
Sandy Younglove

Birdhouse Gourd
Anonymous (3)
Steve Bromer
Ina Chun and Jefferson Rice
Dr. Michelle Davey
Marion Deeds
Edward Jones/Cara Widmer
Wally Krampf
John and Doris Lyons, in memory of Gary Berg
Preston of Dry Creek


Rattle Gourd
Anonymous (3)
Ron and Linda Backstrom
Gene Bonino and Will Brown
Wendy Cole
Gar Cross and George White
Emily and Mel Davis
Rodney DeMartini and Frederick Kasl
Andrea English and Tom Whiteman
J. Yusuf Q. Erskine, DO
Exchange Bank
Janice Nicks Fisher
Greg C. Fritz and Bruce Westland
Frances S. Fuchs, PhD
Khysie Horn
Linda Illsley
Steve Isaacson
Linda Myszak and Larry Prager
Peace in Medicine
Francis A. Podrebarac, M.D  and D. Dale Walthall
Mert Preston and Family
Rialto Cinemas®
Mark Short and Carl Ray
Elizabeth and Ted Theiss
Harold Torres and Jimmy Mallett
Peggy Tourje and Jane Krensky
Charles Wallis