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

In 2014 The Community Dinner was a winner of a National League of Cities Award for Cutural Diversity

The Nineteenth Annual Community Dinner
is Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 1 PM
McDougle School Cafetorium
900 Old Fayetteville Rd. in Chapel Hill

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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.

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 today! Under "Choose a Fund" in the dropdown menu labeled "select a fund," scroll down and select "Community Dinner."

Ron Stutts interviews Nerys Levy on WCHL
18th Annual Community Dinner Celebrates Diversity
Mama Dip's serves up classic southern food - Daily Tar Heel
Tickets are $8.00 for adults & $3.00 for kids with a limited number available at the door.

2015 Community Dinner Supporters

We have three levels of support for the dinner,
Platinum at $500, Gold at $200, and Silver at $100.
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

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 as we look forward to in 2015.
OUR COOKS: In 2015, Mildred Council, from Mama Dip's Kitchen will coordinate the menu and, along with the Carolina Inn, provide 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, Muriel Williman of Orange County Solid Waste coordinates making the event a Zero Waste Community Event (95% composted or recycled) with all of our dinnerware made from compostable materials.


Ron Stutts will be our Emcee from WCHL/Chapelboro.

MarlynValeiko 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 nine years, acting as Limited English Proficient (LEP) Specialist to ensure that people who are not fluent in English can access County services. Marlyns dedication is based on her love of diversity, languages and cultures. Outside of work, Marlyn enjoys participating in her church community, taking walks, and experiencing the foods and traditions of many cultures.

The Chapel Hill UUkes have been playing together for several years. They perform at weddings, community events and concerts, and at healthcare organizations. Contact Person: Melva Fager Okun at

Unnecessary Measures is the co-ed a capella group at Carrboro High School. It includes students from 9th through 12th grades, who perform at various events throughout the Chapel-Hill/Carrboro throughout the year. For more information about this group please contact Anna Smith at

The SoLiloQueen, Nikkima Santos, was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. She started writing poetry at the early age of 6. Great writers such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Henry David Thoreau, and Phillis Wheatley, have influenced her writings.

She uses writing as an outlet to release day-to-day stress as well as to chronicle her joy and success along the way. After sharing her poetry with others, she was encouraged to publish her first book called When Love Speaks: Lessons In Life & Love. She currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC where she continues to write while furthering her education.

Brothaz Unique is a crew of imagination and making a difference. They have been brothers for two years and are dancers with passion, meaning, and purpose. They all met at the street scene teen center, which soon became their dance studio. They have performed at schools, other events, and had an interview with Carol Jackson for UNCTV. Their styles are Hip hop, ministry, locking, popping, and break-dancing, in their own unique way of musicality. The purpose of Brothaz Unique is to bring young kids and young adults together who have the passion for dance, and learn the true meaning of dance. The brothaz are Joshua Weaver, who is a EC teacher assistant at Smith Middle School and teaches dance for Chinese Afterschool students. Next, Isrieal True Settles, who is a student at Art institute in Durham North Carolina. Finally, Uriah Shaw, who is a high school student and volunteers at the street scene teen center. We all live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and are dance instructors at the Street Scene Teen Center. Our motto is "We dance not just for ourselves but for the Art Of Life."

Por Amor a mi Pueblo dance group from El Centro Hispano will perform. Contact person for the group is Reyna Hernandez at

Neville's Chapel Male Chorus Gospel Choir

Pre-dinner entertainment includes Tama Hochbaum and Lori Vrba, Mama Do A Tone, in the corridor, and clown Matthew Wright.

2015 Forms:

Financial contribution (Word file)
Financial contribution (PDF file)
Community Group Donors (Word file)
Community Group Donors (PDF file)
Restaurants and food providers donation (Word file)
Restaurants and food providers donation (PDF file)
Feed A Family of Four for $22 (PDF file)


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