The Stars Come Out In August: Eleven Dinner Parties, One Cause

All across Cape Cod on two incredible nights, Thursday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 21, eleven generous Cape residents are hosting intimate dinners in their homes featuring a local luminary and thought-leader as a special guest speaker. The event is an opportunity to take a breather from a busy summer and engage in wonderful conversation around an informative topic, have a delicious dinner, meet new friends, and support Calmer Choice.

As a research-supported primary prevention program, Calmer Choice partners with schools and community organizations across Cape Cod to deliver a mindfulness-based curriculum that equips children and adults with skills to increase inner resilience, reduce the impact of stress, manage emotional responses and increase their sense of well-being.

Calmer Choice has reached more than 26,000 Cape children, teachers, families, and community members. 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, families and community members receive these needed services, regardless of their ability to pay.

Meet Our Stars

Pat Bradley

Hosted by Michael and Betsey Fitzgerald, Centerville
Dinner on August 15

Sports psychologist Bob Rotella wrote in his 1996 book, Golf Is a Game of Confidence, that Pat Bradley was one of the most mentally tough athletes he knew, winning 31 tournaments on the LPGA Tour. She was the third woman, behind Mickey Wright and Louise Suggs, to have completed the “LPGA Career Grand Slam.” Pat played on three U.S. Solheim Cup teams (1990, 1992, 1996) and captained the team in 2000.There has not been a more consistent performer or dedicated woman in LPGA 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 at this dinner will also find out why this world-famous golfer put a cowbell in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Anne LeClaire

Hosted by David and Pamela Troutman, West Barnstable
Dinner on August 15

Anne LeClaire is the critically acclaimed best-selling author of nine novels published in 24 countries. A former actor, print journalist, and radio broadcaster, Anne is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities, corporate events, literary festivals and conferences. She has been a keynote speaker for The Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, The Association of American University Women and the Cape Cod Writers Conference and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ragdale Foundation. As a gifted writer and memoirist, Anne has taught creative writing workshops throughout the United States and in a variety of international venues. Anne leads popular seminars and workshops exploring silence, creativity and deep listening, most recently at the Kripalu Center, the Chicago Botanic Gardens, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, and at the Ashland Institute in Portland, OR. Anne’s practice of silence on the first and third Mondays of every month for the past eighteen years inspired the writing of Listening Below the Noise: The Transformative Power of Silence, named one of the 50 best spiritual books of 2009.

Megan Murphy

Hosted by Robert and Peggy Smith, Sandwich
Dinner on August 15

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. Guests at this dinner gathering will have a unique opportunity to hear from and interact with this remarkable woman who became an entrepreneur of the spirit, bringing thoughtful and comforting words to millions of people around the globe searching for a foothold from which to successfully battle despair and emotional turmoil.

Jung-Ho Pak

Hosted by Chuck and Jane Tardanico, Osterville
Dinner on August 21

In Jung-Ho’s own words, “Every single member of the Cape Symphony values joy and innovation. We are more than an orchestra. We are a group of virtuosos who love to play together, and that spirit permeates every performance we give. The experience of performing on the Cape is marked by the special connection we have to our audiences who are among the best patrons in the world.” As artistic director and conductor of the Cape Symphony, Jung-Ho has developed and conducted hundreds of performances, including innovative programming such as the Masterpiece concerts that reinvigorate the classics and introduce audiences to new works, new artists and new approaches, and the Cape POPs concerts with Broadway, jazz, pop, bluegrass and more. He also serves as musical director of the World Youth Symphony and director of orchestras at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and is an international guest conductor in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Dorothy Savarese

Hosted by Sue Curran, Centerville
Dinner on August 21

President and CEO of Cape Cod Five, Dorothy Savarese, has become a key player on banking policy in Washington, D.C., serving as the chairman of the American Bankers Association and testifying on Capitol Hill on the need for regulatory relief. But roughly 500 miles north of the nation’s capital, Savarese is best known as the leader of one of Cape Cod’s strongest banks. Savarese is nearing her 14th year as CEO of Cape Cod Five, which last fall broke ground on a new 80,000-square-foot headquarters. Additionally, it opened two new locations - a full-service branch and a lending and wealth management office - for a total of 19 locations along the Massachusetts coast. Guests at this dinner party will have the unique opportunity to find out why Dorothy has been named one of the “top 25 women in banking” by American Banker Magazine for the seventh consecutive year, and why her focus is less on the bank’s nearly $7 billion dollars in assets, but more “on the fundamentals of community banking.”

Sarah Swain

Hosted by Barry and Taylor Joyce, Cotuit
Dinner on August 15

The lead singer and instrumentalist Sarah Swain, from Cape Cod’s popular Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys band, has been writing and playing since she was 15. She has toured on her own and as a supporting musician in various indie bands since 1995, and put out her first solo record, One Girl Town, in 2006. Sarah also plays bass in the Greenheads, who open the Beachcomber in Wellfleet every year. In 2012, she released Every Little Bird, which won Album of the Year at the Limelight Magazine Music Awards. Sarah is also the Founder, President and CEO of Cape Wellness Collaborative, a multidisciplinary organization that provides integrative therapies to anyone facing cancer. She 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, a multi-talented musician and entrepreneur, is considered a Cape treasure.

Michael J. Tougias

Hosted by Mark and Royce Gussack, Mashpee
Dinner on August 15

Prior to Michael’s career as a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 29 books, he worked in the insurance business for thirty years. Finest Hours, Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip's War, and There's A Porcupine in My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe are among his most recognized best-sellers. In 2016, Finest Hours became a blockbuster movie about the heroic US Coast Guard rescue during one of New England’s worst winter storms where two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half. Four separate search-and-rescue efforts headed out to sea in a tiny lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot-high waves to rescue the 30 stranded sailors. It’s easy to understand the widespread enthusiasm for Michael’s lectures across the country and his sought-after leadership and inspirational speeches for businesses and organizations such as General Dynamics, Raytheon, New York University Surgeons Round Table, and many more.

Larry Tye

Hosted by Harvey and Brenda Freishtat and Richard and Peggy Wolman, Centerville
Dinner on August 15

Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author and engaging, popular speaker. His most recent book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, explores RFK’s extraordinary transformation from “cold warrior” to fiery leftist. Some of Larry’s other books include: Rising from the Rails, the story of how the “porters” who worked on George Pullman’s railroad sleeping cars helped kick-start the Civil Rights movement; Satchel, the biography of two American icons, Satchel Paige and Jim Crow; and Superman, the nearly-real life story of arguably the most influential American hero of the last century. Larry also directs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship mentoring young journalists from newspapers, radio stations, and TV outlets nationwide in the art of reporting on critical issues like public health, mental health, and high-tech medicine. An award-winning reporter at The Boston Globe, Larry’s primary beat was medicine. We are excited to hear the subject of this great American author’s newest biography which will be published this Fall.

Dan Tritle

Hosted by Mark J. and Annie Hart Cool, West Falmouth
Dinner on August 15

Dan Tritle works as a news announcer and audio producer for WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station in Woods Hole. He has been at the Associated Press radio network and National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and has served on the staff of the Washington State House of Representatives. Dan has been actively meditating and practicing yoga for about 15 years. Dan is also active in community theater, with dozens of appearances including Harvey at the Woods Hole Theater Company, and Same Time Next Year at the Barnstable Comedy Club.

Mark Vonnegut

Hosted by Laura Lorusso Peterson, Falmouth
Dinner on August 15

Mark Vonnegut is a pediatrician and a memoirist, and son of author Kurt Vonnegut. He abandoned his goal to become a Unitarian minister in favor of pursuing a career in medicine. He is the author of The Eden Express (1975), describing his personal experience with schizophrenia, which at that time he attributed to stress, diet and, in part, drug use. Despite the odds against him, Mark graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1979. After graduation, Dr. Vonnegut completed a pediatric internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and also published his first article in The New England Journal of Medicine, where he has continued to publish in the field of pediatrics. His second book, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So, was published in 2010. Dr. Vonnegut’s extraordinary personal journey has resulted in his strong position as an advocate for psychotherapy, social work, reiki, yoga, and acupuncture when treating mental illness in children.

Dan Wolf

Hosted by Drs. Marc and Patty Fater, Marstons Mills
Dinner on August 15

Dan Wolf founded Cape Air in 1989 with one route between Boston and Provincetown serving 8,000 passengers with eight employees. Today, Cape Air, along with sister airline Nantucket Airlines, is the largest commuter airline in the United States with a fleet of Cessna 402s which fly to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. As a business and community leader, Dan has served on many of the region’s most important non-profit and civic organizations. Under Dan’s leadership, Cape Air has received recognition for being one of the most philanthropic companies in southeastern Massachusetts. Dan has also represented Cape Cod and the Islands in the MA State Senate. As a Senator, he joined policy conversations at The White House, spoke at the Brookings Institute in DC on campaign finance reform and at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As a passionate pilot, entrepreneur, philanthropist and politician, we share Dan’s enthusiasm about his recent announcement that Cape Air is “on course to become one of the first commercial airlines in the world to operate an all-electric aircraft.”


Sponsorship Opportunities

We have several sponsorship levels available. To become a sponsor you can sign up online or contact Emily Smalley at esmalley@calmerchoice.org or 508-694-5730.


North Star: $5,000

4 priority choice dinner party tickets, ad in program book,
logo on back of gratitude notecards distributed to all dinner guests,
recognition on all social media outlets pre- and post-event and Calmer
Choice website.

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Big Dipper: $2,500

4 preferred choice dinner party tickets, ad in program book,
recognition on all social media outlets pre- and post-event and Calmer
Choice website.

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Little Dipper: $1,000

2 favored choice dinner party tickets, logo listed in
program book, recognition on all social media outlets pre- and
post-event and Calmer Choice website.

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Orion’s Belt: $500

2 dinner party tickets, name listed in program book.

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