The Community Dinner - Sit down with a stranger - leave with a friend

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at McDougle Schools Cafetorium

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The Twenty-first Annual Community Dinner will be Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 1 PM in the McDougle School Cafetorium, 900 Old Fayetteville Rd. in Chapel Hill. The Community Dinner is a community building event, crossing economic, racial, religious and ethnic barriers and presenting a wealth of wonderful, culturally diverse food and entertainment from our own community. In 2014 The Community Dinner was a winner of a National League of Cities Award for Cultural Diversity.

Mildred Council from Mama Dip's Kitchen coordinates the menu and, along with the Carolina Inn, provides the Dinner's main courses. In addition, many local restaurants and churches donate side dishes and desserts to complete the feast. This gives attendees the opportunity to taste food from our many community partners who contributed dishes, all in one place.

Fresh Fruit Tickets are $8.00 for adults & $3.00 for kids and will be available starting March 22nd. at Mama Dip's Kitchen (408, W. Rosemary St., CH), Orange County Public Library (200 South Cameron St., Hillsborough), Carrboro Cybrary in the Century Center (100 N. Greensboro St.), Carrboro Branch Library at McDougle Middle School (900 Old Fayetteville Rd, CH), Townsend Bertram Company in Carr Mill (200 N. Greensboro St.), FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill (University Place, 201 S. Estes Dr. CH), and The Ink Spot Copy Shop (501 W. Main St., Carrboro). We may have a limited number available at the door.

A large number of the tickets for the dinner are distributed to people who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend. You can feed a family of four with a $22 donation by giving online today! First, create an account on the Orange County website. Then go to the donate page. Under "Select a Fund" in the dropdown menu, scroll down and select "Community Dinner."

We have three levels of support for the dinner, Platinum at $500, Gold at $200, and Silver at $100. We have placemat ads available to local merchants who would like to support the dinner. This year we have a raffle with loads of great prizes from local businesses. Raffle ticket prices are $1 apiece or 3 for $2.

Displays in the corridor leading to the Cafetorium offer information from groups partnering with the Dinner, explaining who they are and what they do to make our community a better place.

Orange County Solid Waste coordinates making the event a Zero Waste Community Event (96% composted or recycled). This year we will again participate in the Fork it Over program - OCWM and the PTA Thrift Store have collected hundreds of sets of steel tableware we will borrow for the event and will wash and return it for re use by other groups.

In addition to financial support and food donations, we are always seeking volunteers to help prepare for the dinner, including advance and day of preparations, so keep us in mind if you have some time you can give us for the next dinner. You will meet some great folks!


Ron Stutts, morning show host at 1360 AM and 97.9 FM, "The Hill," is our Emcee. Ron has broadscast for over 40th years at the mic at WCHL. Ron's "The Music in My Head" is published each weekday on the website He shares some great tunes, not only on the radio, but on social media as well.

Marlyn Valeiko will be our Spanish translator. She is a native of Honduras and a long-time advocate for Latino/Hispanic and immigrant communities. She has been with Orange County Government for ten years, acting as Limited English Proficient (LEP) Specialist to ensure that people who are not fluent in English can access County services. Marlyn's dedication is based on her love of diversity, languages and cultures.

North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble

One of the best youth tap ensembles in the world, NCYTE features approximately 40 dancers, ages 8 to 18, who live throughout North Carolina. Don’t let the word “youth” fool you. These dancers tear up the floor with poise, passion and professionalism.

Mama Do A Tone

Lori Vrba and Tama Hochbaum comprise the duo Mama Do A Tone.

Faulkner's Dance & Gymnastics

Faulkner's Dance & Gymnastics is more than just a state-of-the-art dance and gymnastics facility, but also one of the largest dance and gymnastics facilities in the Triangle! Our program is committed to excellence in a safe and fun environment. Recreational and competitive classes are available in all forms of dance and gymnastics. Faulkner's offers a variety of classes.

Spirit of Praise

The St Joseph's Church Spirit of Praise Choir and its musicians. For more information on the choir please contact Regina Queen Merritt at

Paper Hand Puppet Intervention

Paperhand Puppet Intervention is a puppet theater company based out of Saxapahaw, NC. For over fifteen years they have been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stilt dancing, painted flats, live music and so much more!

Their shows tell stories of the human heart, illuminate myths from around the world, and inspire young and old alike through their unique brand of creative expression. They create extraordinary puppets that entertain, bring joy, instigate wonder, and inspire contemplation about the incredible world around us.

Red Nucleus

Michael Goy and David Cooper play lively fingerstyle duets for acoustic guitar and electric bass

Erich Lieth is our sound engineer

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