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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 making a pledge today!
Please check back soon for info on the 2014 Community Dinner, Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1 PM!
|Listen to the WCHL PSA with Nerys Levy and Jackie Helvey|
Tar Heel of the Week - Nerys Levy: An artist with a knack for bringing people together
April 13, 2013 - Raleigh News & Observer
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS, SUPPORTERS AND DONORS|
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 2014.
Our committee can always use more members and fresh ideas!
We are also always seeking donations of both food and money to help pay for dinners for the less fortunate in our community. All groups and food donors are recognized above. Individual financial donors are recognized on our Donors page. If you can, make a pledge for our 2014 dinner!
OUR 2013 SPONSORS: Strowd Roses Inc., The Town of Chapel Hill, Mama Dip's Kitchen, Friends of Carrboro Branch Library, Carrboro Branch Library and Cybrary, Blue Ribbon Mentors (Chapel Hill /Carrboro City Schools), The Cultural Arts Group, The Town of Carrboro, The Town of Chapel Hill, The Orange County Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Relations, Kol-Haskalah-a Humanistic Jewish Congregation, The Friends of the Pearl and Robert Seymour Center, Chapel Hill News, Carol Woods Retirement Community, and Mrs. Florence Peacock.
OUR 2013 FOOD: Mama Dip's Kitchen, Margaret's Cantina, Mediterranean Deli, Weaver Street Market, Whole Foods Market, The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group (411 West, Squids, 518 West, Spanky's & Mez), kugels from members of the Chapel Hill Kehillah, Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (Karen farmers), The Carolina Inn, Vimlas Curryblossom Cafe, United Food Services, Sisco, Fords Produce, Mrs. Patricia Farrington, St Paul AME Church, Haddasah, Harris Teeter in Carrboro, Kroeger's, Harris Teeter in Meadowmont, Harris Teeter North in Chapel Hill, Mrs. Louise Parrish, Carrboro Farmers Market, Chapel Hill Bakery and Deli, Open Eye Cafe, Red Bowl in University Mall, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen, and The Fresh Market.
OUR 2013 SUPPORTERS: Twig, UniqueOrn Enterprises & Carrboro.com, The Carrboro UPS store, Townsend, Bertram and Company, The Ink Spot, Orange County Libraries, Preservation Society of Chapel Hill, 1360 WCHL, FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill Weekly and Signs Now.
In 2013, 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.|
Muriel Williman from Orange County Waste Management Department, will once again help make the dinner a zero trash event.
Our 2013 entertainers included a poem by Carrboro Poet Laureate Jay Bryan, Bolin Creek String Band, Rasheed Timmons, Latino dancers Ballet Folklorico Pedro Cortez and Danza Azteca Tonanzin, Integrity, and more!
Our emcee is Ron Stutts, long-time announcer at WCHL Radio. Ron has been waking up the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community since the 70s. Wake up with Ron and the WCHL Morning News, from 6 to 9am, Monday through Friday for the latest local stories, weather, sports, traffic, live interviews with the people of our community, and a little touch of irreverance thrown in for good measure. When Ron's not on the air, he's probably getting ready to emcee an event like ours.
Our translator, Marlyn Henriquez Valeiko, is a long-time advocate for Latino/Hispanic and immigrant communities. She has been with Orange County Government for five 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 different languages and cultures.
Jay Bryan is Carrboro's Poet Laureate, who recited the O'Henry Poem. The complete poem can be found here.
Bolin Creek String Band plays old-time Appalachian fiddle music and dance tunes. They all live within wading distance of Bolin Creek in Chapel Hill, NC. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BolinCreekStringband
Rasheed Timmons started singing between the ages of 4 and 5. He graduated from Page High School in Chatahm County in 2012 and is currently a student at Park West Barber School. He made it to the third round of The X Factor and aspires to a career in music. He attends Hamlet Chapel CME Church where he sings in the Youth Choir, Mass Choir and Male Choir.
Ballet Folklorico Pedro Cortez and Danza Azteca Tonanzin consists of two groups made up of students from the 3 Chapel Hill/Carrboro high schools and their parents. They will perform two Mexican folklore dances. These groups are under the direction of Magdeleno and Maria Alvarez. Contact for the groups is Sharon Mujica at email@example.com
Integrity is singing duo Kelli Farrington and Corrinia Goode.
♦ Buy tickets early for 15th Community Dinner - by Nerys Levy - April 3, 2012 Chapel Hill News
♦ Sunday dinner celebrates community's diversity - by Nerys Levy - Feb.25, 2009 Chapel Hill News
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