live life mindfully

Eight Dinner Parties, One Cause

Please Note: Online registration is now closed. For information on remaining dinners available, please contact Emily Smalley at 508-694-5730.

On Thursday August 16, all across Cape Cod, join one of eight hosts at an intimate dinner in their home featuring a local luminary and thought-leader as a special guest speaker.

Take a breather from your busy summer and engage in wonderful conversation around an informative topic, have a delicious dinner, meet new friends, and support Calmer Choice.

Calmer Choice is a community-based non-profit educational program, founded in 2010, that partners with schools across Cape Cod to teach mindfulness and encourage the development of kindness and compassion. Calmer Choice now reaches more than 21,000 Cape children and their families. Its collaboration with researchers at Tufts, Yale, MIT and Harvard establishes empirical evidence for the beneficial impact of mindful awareness on overall health, academic performance, and social-emotional intelligence in young people. Your support of this magical evening will ensure that thousands more children​ will learn tools to pause, notice, breathe and make better choices to grow their inner resilience, reduce the impact of stress, and increase their sense of well-being.

When you purchase your ticket, you can select the top three luminaries that you would like to dine with. While we cannot guarantee placement, will do our best to accommodate your request.

Featured Luminaries:

Pat Bradley

There has not been a more consistent performer or dedicated woman in Ladies Professional Golf Association history than Pat Bradley. In 1991, with her dogged determination and mental toughness, Pat became the first woman golfer to surpass $4 million in career earnings and was the first woman to win all four major championships. Golf enthusiasts are in for a rare treat including why world-famous golfer Pat Bradley put a cowbell in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Mick Carlon

“Mick Carlon's books are creating a new generation of jazz fans. Nothing like these novels has been attempted in the history of jazz, and these books will live on for generations,” writes Nat Hentoff, considered the Dean of jazz critics. A veteran school teacher at Barnstable Intermediate School, Mick Carlon is the 2018 winner of The Massachusetts Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award. Mick's mission to introduce people to the wonders of classic jazz speaks to jazz lovers of all ages - including the recent standing room only audiences at Cotuit Center for the Arts for Mick's staged reading of Riding Duke's Trail.

Lisa Genova

Acclaimed as the Oliver Sacks of fiction and the Michael Crichton of brain science, Lisa Genova has captured a special place in contemporary fiction, writing stories that are equally inspired by neuroscience and the human spirit. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice (2015 Academy Award winning film), Left Neglected, Love Anthony, Inside the O’Briens, and Every Note Played. Lisa’s TED talk about preventing Alzheimer’s has been viewed over three million times. It’s not surprising why Lisa Genova is considered one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers on Aging.

Megan Murphy

During some of her life’s most difficult moments, when Megan Murphy found herself looking for “signs” or “messages” from above, she had a profound insight, “What if I could leave simple uplifting messages on pocket-size rocks for others?” This question inspired the creation of The Kindness Rocks Project. What began as a hobby for this life coach and mother of three has grown into a grassroots kindness movement, with individuals from around the Cape, across the United States, and even as far as New Zealand, taking part in creating random acts of kindness with their own messages of kindness and hope.

Robert Smith

World renowned chef Robert Smith was the last person to cook in Julia Child’s kitchen, and has cooked for The Kennedys, Bushes, Clintons, Kings and Queens throughout the world, and countless celebrities. Robert had a short-lived stint on Wall Street before discovering his culinary genius, which took him from New York to France, to the Caribbean and everywhere in between, before landing back on Cape Cod. Come and enjoy a cooking demonstration with Robert Smith, The Patriots’ Chef since 2009, and owner of numerous award-winning restaurants.

Sarah Swain

Lead singer and instrumentalist Sarah Swain, from Cape Cod’s popular Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys band, is also the Founder, President and CEO of Cape Wellness Collaborative which provides integrative therapies to anyone facing cancer. Sarah is also the creator of Cape Cod Women's Music Festival and Dancing with the Docs. With her successful band and impressive diverse commitments, it’s no wonder Sarah Swain is considered a Cape treasure.

Mindy Todd

Mindy Todd is the Host and Executive Producer of The Point on National Public Radio of Cape Cod. With more than 35 years of experience in TV and radio, Mindy began her broadcasting career in 1981 at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts as a midday deejay. Within a few months, she became one of the few women with her own morning drive show. Mindy’s voice and informed views make her contribution to Cape Cod and the Islands invaluable. If you’re an NPR lover, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet Mindy.

David Willard

David Willard has accomplished what few do in these job-hopping times: he recently retired after 50 years with Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. Willard joined the bank back in June 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love. At that time the bank had 21 employees spread across its three branches. Under his tenure, the bank grew to over 500 employees and over $3 billion in assets. After an early career as a sportswriter, David fell into banking despite his “non-love affair of numbers” and went on to leverage his love of people and community to establish the bank as one of the leading philanthropic businesses on the Cape.

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