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.

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.

Fresh Fruit Tickets are $8.00 for adults & $3.00 for kids and are available at Mama Dip's Kitchen, Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough, Carrboro Cybrary in the Century Center, Carrboro Branch Library at McDougle Middle School, Townsend Bertram Company in Carr Mill, and FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill. We will have a limited number available at the door.

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.

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.

Again this year Orange County Solid Waste will coordinate making the event a Zero Waste Community Event (95% composted or recycled) with all of our dinnerware made from compostable materials.

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 WCHL/Chapelboro, and Aurora Boyer were our Emcees.

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.

Aurora Boyer came to Chapel Hill from Mexico City in 1987. Her original career was focused on biological sciences, but her current work field is Education, having worked for many years as a Montessori educator. She worked for some years as the Latino community liaison for the Carrboro Branch Library. Presently, she is part of the Orange County Head Start/Early Head Start, working as the coordinator of their Home Based program option. She have two marvelous children and enjoys reading and exercising every day.

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.

Momma Do A Tone

Lori Vrba and Tama Hochbaum comprise the duo Momma 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.

Red Nucleus

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

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