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Nearly one hundred ravenous guests dined on uber-fresh maki rolls, salmon lox and cream cheese, fresh cheesy pizza, amazing Mediterranean munchies, mini savory quiches and piles of the best chips, salsa and guacamole this side of the Mississippi before moving on to homemade chocolates, the worlds best carrot cake and the most sinfully delicious profiteroles you can imagine.

Yes, a good time was had by all at last night’s fourth annual cure epilepsy benefit. We were all treated to live music by two talented local bands alongside an open bar serving beer, wine and bubbly water. All of the aforementioned were donated—the food, the drink, the bartender’s and musicians’ time, the help from my friends setting up and breaking down the joint.

To top it off, Michael’s parents flew in from Florida and surprised us both yesterday afternoon. They had me in complete tears. A couple of friends even came up from New York. I said to Michael that it felt like a grange hall wedding, looking out over a gaggle of some of my most favorite people crowding the warm, wood-paneled barn. My father-in-law even wore his shiny red rubber clown nose, having not done so at a gathering since Michael and I were married.

With only a few days left in this year’s campaign we’ve raised close to our $15,000 goal. We did it with the kind and generous support from all those who attended the event and many other benevolent spirits from both near and far. My ambition is to exceed that goal and we can do it, but only with your help.

Join the ranks—the superheroes—and please give what you can to epilepsy research on behalf of Calvin’s eighth spin around the sun (no small accomplishment) and the fifty million people and their families who suffer from this lethal, stigmatized, neglected, trivialized and grossly under-funded disorder. http://www.calvinscure.com

Superheroes Martin Mackey, (me), Jen Baldwin and Maura Bannon

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