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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Free & Clear Dinner at Don Giovanni's

On Sunday evening, about 60 of us gathered at Don Giovanni’s restaurant on Castro Street for a Free & Clear fundraising dinner. (The last one, perhaps? We’re getting awfully close to paying off the church!) The excellent Italian fare was complimented by homemade rasgulla, a favorite Indian dessert of Swamiji’s, and lovely little cards at each place setting depicting a variety of different spiritual eye designs. Want some photos of the evening? Here you go!

Entertainment for the evening (aside from our always-enjoyable shared company) started off with just a couple of sing-alongs: “Channels” and “Brave Were the People.” Then just as the song leaders were heading off-stage, Karen remarked that it looked like we were actually going to make it out of an Italian restaurant without singing “Napoli.” Which naturally became untrue almost as soon as she said it. According to some reports, dancing ensued as well.

Overall, we had about $30,000 in donations come from the event, so watch for another couple pieces getting added to the puzzle on Sunday! And that leaves only $50,000 left to go. We’re nearly there! Talk to Shanti if you’d like one of the last puzzle pieces for your very own.

The evening wrapped up with one more impromptu song, “Many Hands Make a Miracle,” because it really is remarkable what we can all do when we join our hands and our energies.

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