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.
After 3 years, we're finally back for 2023! Due to the coronavirus, the 23rd. Mildred Council Annual Community Dinner has been postponed until April 30th., 2023.
The Twenty-third Annual Mildred Council Community Dinner will be held Sunday, April 30, 2023 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.
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!
Please check back soon for additions to our list of entertainers for the 2023 event.
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 chapelboro.com. 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.
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.
The purpose of Takiri Folclor Latino is to show the Latin American culture through dance. We dance rythms from Latin America, specially from Colombia, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Guatemala, including Cumbia, Bambuco, Mapale, Merecumbe, Plena and others. The majority of our dances have the African, European and Indigenous influence. The African influence in the basic rhythm, the European influence in the wording and the dresses, and the Indigenous influence in the melody and the dance.
Takiri Folclor Latino is a family where we share our values through the dance. The ages of our members range from 3 to 67 years old, from different nationalities, including Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, United States and France.