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Community Dinner - photo by Jackie Helvey
Giving Thanks

Dear Friends of the 20th Annual Community Dinner,

Thanks to everyone who played a part in making the Twentieth Annual Community Dinner held on April 30th. a resounding success. Over 600 people gathered together to share each other's company and diverse cultures.This year'?s event was an overwhelming success, in part, because of the efforts of so many people who have worked on dinners for the past nineteen years. The event is designed to bring people together who might not ordinarily cross paths, and this year?'s dinner shows that the event continues to be an important part of the community'?s annual calendar. This year's dinner reflected even more concerted efforts to include locally sourced foods on the menu and to be a zero waste event (over 95% composted or recycled) thanks to Muriel Williman of Orange County's Waste Management Department.

Without your help and donations, we would not have been able to offer such an exceptional dinner for so modest a ticket price. By keeping the event truly affordable (and by underwriting an unprecedented number of tickets), we were able to host citizens from every income level, and every ethnic, special needs and age group. In this way the dinner enhances the spirit of diversity in the community. To those of you who attended this year?s event, we are sure no explanation is needed regarding the benefit of such happenings as the Community Dinner. Our shared understanding and pride in community is, as we know, even stronger as a result of this year?s event, and we look forward to seeing you daily in the community and at the dinner next year.

Sincerely,

Mildred Council (Mama Dip) and Nerys Levy
Co-chairs, Community Dinner Committee




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