The 23rd. Annual Mildred Council Community Dinner - Sit down with a stranger - leave with a friend

Sunday, April 26, 2020 at McDougle Schools Cafetorium
Mildred Council in 2013
"Spread the Joy!!" - Mildred "Mama Dip" Council

Mildred Council, aka "Mama Dip," was the creator of this event and our source of inspiration and partner for 21 Community Dinners, celebrating our community's cultural diversity. She is sorely missed by all who knew her, and continues her legacy through her children and grandchildren.

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The Twenty-third Annual Mildred Council Community Dinner will be held Sunday, April 26, 2020 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's family at Mama Dip's Kitchen is responsible for coordinating the menu and, along with the Carolina Inn, provides the Dinner's main courses. We are very pleased that the Council family want to keep their association with this event which was so important to their mother, Mama Dip. 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

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 reuse 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!

2019 Entertainment
Please check back soon for a list of entertainers for the 2020 event.

2019 Entertainment

Ron Stutts, morning show host at 1360 AM and 97.9 FM, "The Hill," is our Emcee. Ron has broadcast 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 is 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.

Drummer Cory Brewington

Cory Brewington, a Native American Lumbee, started the dinner with a drumming session in memory of Mildred "Mama Dip" Council.

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.

Marcos Augusto Napa Ormeño

Marcos Augusto Napa Ormeño, born in Lima, Peru, has dedicated his career to Afro-Peruvian music and dance. As a child, he started as a dancer in the Ballet Peru Negrito, and in 1983, he made his debut as a professional percussionist in Ballet Perú Negro. Marcos performed with Perú Negro at notable international festivals in Peru, Mexico, Martinique, Panama and Chile.

After his time with Ballet Perú Negro, Marcos accompanied the Peruvian singer, Eva Ayllon. They performed in numerous concerts in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Between 1993 and 1997, he took part in recording and video taping productions entitled, "Gracias a la Vida", "Para Tenerte" and "25 Años 25 Exitos."

Marcos has also performed and recorded with many celebrated Peruvian artists including Juan Castro Nally, Cecilia Bracamonte, Lucila Campos,and Maria del Carmen Dongo.

In 1995, he founded Ebano Academy in Peru. Three years later, he traveled to the United States with a dream "to spread the rich Afro-Peruvian heritage." In 2003, he opened the Ebano Academy in Paterson, New Jersey, which has presented workshops in New York, Washington DC, Connecticut,Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina and many other states more.

Marcos Napa currently teaches percussion and dance at Casa Esperanza Montessori, Spanish for fun! and The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

Diversity Strings

Diversity Strings is a small string ensemble of Phillips Eighth Grade Orchestra Students of color formed in 2018-19 school year. Modeled after Sphinx Orchestra in New York, these students were interested in forming an ensemble that could work independently and represent students of color in classical and orchestral music. They practice together after school and have performed for events around the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District, as well as in the community. Members of the group are: Violin - Pristine Onuhoa, Katelyn Torrain, Michaela Bowens, Anjolique McCallister, and Anissa McMillan Cello - Omarion Dean.

Seymour Center Chinese Choir

Hong Yan Chinese Choir meets twice weekly at the Seymour Center to sing popular songs. People are welcome to come and sing along. Contact Fung Little at

7th Day Adventist Church Youth Choir - P121

Choir Director is Day Day.

In the Corridor - The Triangle Tuba Quartet

The Triangle Tuba Quartet (TTQ) was founded in 1998 when several of us heard our first tuba quartet at the US Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference and decided to form a local group. The TTQ consists of two Euphoniums (sometimes called Baritone Horns), and two tubas (usually a small Eb tuba and a larger BBb tuba). This unique instrumentation delivers a rich sound that simply needs to be enjoyed in person to appreciate. We enjoy performing a variety of musical styles, from arrangements of classical Bach, Mozart, and Haydn pieces to modern American music, marches and Jazz.

Erich Lieth is our sound engineer.

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Community Group Donors
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