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May 28, 2014

At last, the Dinner for Compassion Tour.  Very gratifying to see this project grow from the tiniest seed of an idea to a full bloom of an event.

I remember talking with David months and months ago, maybe almost a year ago, about where he goes from here.  The idea of taking the compassion message on the road seemed like a perfect next step.  It may have been months after that that the idea of a benefit dinner came up. But ever since, our small group of six (and then we were seven) has been meeting and planning.

It was a lovely and eclectic evening that included an exquisite Indian meal, live music from a guy named Brett who performs blues music most often as part of a four-member band called Packard Slim, hula and belly dancers, two teen girls who offered henna tattoos, a silent auction with a fantastic array of items, a raffle, comments from David about the tour and what lead him to this moment, and finally some wonderful MC’ing by council candidate and likely/hopefully Davis’ next mayor Robb Davis.

Here’s a picture of Robb–this was toward the end of the evening when, with the help of his able assistants, he distributed silent auction items to the highest bidders, and conducted a raffle.

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Here’s a look down the silent auction table. I’m pleased with the variety of items.. from original photography and some wonderful art, to massages & acupuncture sessions, to homemade honeycomb, pies, french macaroons and wines, to CSA subscriptions, to a wine tasting, to garden services and tennis lessons, to Rivercats tickets and goodies from Guatemala.  And all those generous donations brought in about $1000.

 

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And here’s the raffle table… again lots of local stuff… gift cards, note cards, books by local authors, balms, sachets and more acupuncture.  Plus the un-bid upon silent auction items.  It made the raffle fun to have so many wonderful things. Yay.

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Here’s a shot of the food spread: Chicken Biriyani in foreground, chard and potato (what eventually became of the chard I cut yesterday), carrot & yogurt raita, and samosas with mint chutney.  Dessert, not shown here, was rice pudding. All incredibly good:

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Here’s Mary Philip, who personally buys all the ingredients and oversees the entire cooking operation, a process that takes a day of shopping and two days of cooking:

She is a gem.

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And here’s my good friend David, delivering some closing comments about his five-year  journey to date and the upcoming one-year tour, and a heavy dose of inspiration:

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Closing shot of Jeff’s magnificent painting of David on the corner of 3rd and C. We’re planning to hang it in a downtown location, hopefully close to the corner, so there will be a reminder of David’s five-year tenure in Davis.

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