August 23, 2024

Swords to Plowshares Summer Picnic 2024

Come celebrate Swords to Plowshares’ 50 years of service, Michael Blecker’s upcoming retirement, and all of you! The annual staff picnic is a decades-old tradition – a time for us to relax and enjoy one another’s company. We’re grateful to each and every one of you for your dedication and service to veterans – thank you for being part of this amazing team. We can’t wait to see you at the Botanical Gardens!

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When & Where

Friday, August 23, 2024

11:00 am


2:00 pm

Transportation Details

The Botanical Gardens are located within Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. If you can, we encourage you to take public transportationI f you plan to drive, free street parking should be widely available during the week. However, you may choose to pay to park in the nearby parking garage (approximately one block away). Please refer to the transit info provided on the Golden Gate Parks’ website:

Event Program

11:00 am – Check-in

11:30 am – Brief speaking program

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Awards and prizes

2:00 pm – End of event

Event Details


Checking in at the Gardens:
Enter through the main entrance of the Gardens and check in under “Swords to Plowshares.” Let the Gardens’ staff members know that you are attending an event in the Celebration Garden. If you do not check in under Swords to Plowshares, it will result in an entrance fee for those who are not SF residents.  

Food & Drinks
We are pleased to have catering provided by Hugh Groman Group. They will provide a wide variety of food options – including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free – sure to please everyone.  

Games & Things to Do
The Botanical Gardens is a beautiful, expansive park with many attractions, including the Children’s Garden, their own private library, and much more. Here is a guide & map. Please note that scooters, bikes, and pets are not permitted on the grounds. We will provide games and activities.  


Casual attire. As you know, the weather in San Francisco can vary wildly in the summer. Bring layers and wear sunscreen!

RSVP to the event

We kindly request that you RSVP at your earliest convenience to help us obtain an accurate headcount for the event.