Calabash - A Celebration of Gourds, Art and the Garden

Calabash - A Celebration of Gourds, Art & the Garden, held October 6 at Food For Thought in Forestville, brought in more than $55,000 to provide nutritious food for men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Sonoma County. A record 450 guests bid on 111 pieces of gourd art, enjoyed world-class gourd instrument music, and ate and drank their fill of delicious food and wine. Food For Thought volunteer Rodney DeMartini offered moving remarks about how Food For Thought is instrumental in nurturing not only clients, but also its many volunteers. Executive Director Ron Karp said of the event, "It was a magical day. People seemed to really enjoy themselves and it was a wonderful way to help us celebrate 25 years of serving the community."