Special Events

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Empty Bowls

Save the Date for our 12th Annual Empty Bowls! This year's event will take place under the large white tent at Plowshares on June 2nd, 2018. The evening will include live music, a live and silent auction, a special guest presentation and delicious appetizers made in-house along with your favorite soups, local wine and beer. For sponsorship info., or to reserve a table please contact Traci Boyl, Executive Director at 707.462.8582 or plowsharesed@pacific.net

Empty Bowls is our signature event that takes place in the Spring. As of 2017 we have held 11 Empty Bowls events in the Plowshares Dining Room. Jan Hoyman Studios, Doug Browe and the Ceramics Club of Mendocino College, and MICA create bowls for guests to take home with them after enjoying a variety of homemade soups, salad, appetizers, breads and desserts.

We have a silent auction, live auction, Fund a Need auction, and raffle of great prizes donated by community members and businesses.

Tickets are $60.00 and can be purchased at Mendocino Book Company starting April 1st and at Plowshares. Call 707-462-8582 for information.

Thank you to our Gold sponsors for the 2018 Empty Bowls!

Reality World - Selzer.PNG

Realty World - Selzer Realty our tent sponsor

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Redwood Ford.PNG

Redwood Credit Union our tent set up sponsor




Adventist Health Ukiah Valley



Redwood Ford

Volunteer Recognition Celebration

In the Fall we have our Volunteer Recognition Celebration. We provide a Luncheon and awards for our over 150 volunteers to show our appreciation and recognize their gift of time and talent to Plowshares’ mission. We honor a Volunteer of the Year, and a Golden Spoon Award for a cooking crew. To become a Volunteer Recognition Sponsor, please contact our Executive Director, Traci Boyl at plowsharesed@pacific.net or 707.462.8582



Winter Appeal

Each Winter, starting in November, we send out our Winter Appeal to the greater Ukiah area for our largest fundraiser of the year. This vast mailing brings in close to 20% of the income needed to run our Dining room and Meals on Wheels Programs.