The 24rd. Annual Mildred Council Community Dinner - Sit down with a stranger - leave with a friend


Sunday, April 28, 2024 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.

Listen to the Community Dinner PSA on 97.9, The Hill

Nerys Levy records the PSA on 97.9, The Hill

Read about the dinner in the Daily Tar Heel

The Twenty-fourth Annual Mildred Council Community Dinner is Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 1 PM in the McDougle School Cafetorium, 900 Old Fayetteville Rd., Chapel Hill.

Purchase Tickets or Donate

New this year, we're offering online ticket purchases only. Prices this year are $5 for children under 12 and $10 for adults.

To donate, click on the button above, then click on "Get tickets" and the donation options will come up. 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 $30 donation. Thanks for supporting the Community Dinner!

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

We have four levels of support for the dinner, Platinum at $500, Gold at $200, Silver at $100, and Feed a Family of Four at $30.

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.

We are again making the event a Zero Waste Community event (96% composted or recycled). This year we will again participate in the Fork it Over program - Orange County Waste Management 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!


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Please check back for more information about the 2024 Community Dinner.

2024 Entertainment

Ron Stutts, retired morning show host at 1360 AM and 97.9 FM, "The Hill," is our Emcee. Ron broadcasted for over 40 years at the mic on 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.


We are a group of young Karen people who attend the church at Five Oaks Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Durham. Our official church name is Karen Chapel Hill SDA church. This group is the second generation of our youth who attended the Community Dinner several years ago when we just resettled here in US. The purpose to form such the choir group is that we wanted to maintain our language and culture in our worship which will help them not only to grow intellectually, emotionally, but spiritually.

Venezuelan Dance Group

Venezuelan Dance Group is dedicated to promoting the Venezuelan culture through dance. it is the best way for us to share our passion for our country and its music and take it to different corners of this country. It is an honor and makes us feel proud to represent Venezuelan dancing; the group is part of our lives and so is the dance part of Venezuelan's lives.

Bull City Saxophone Quartet

The Bull City Saxophone Quartet plays classical music with a modern twist. Our members include teachers and performers who are passionate about introducing audiences to the beautiful sound of the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones playing together. For more information about the individual members and upcoming performances, visit

Earl Bynum

Earl Bynum was born and raised in Chapel Hill. He was inspired by his parents who sang with the Joybelles, a gospel choir from Hamlet Chapel Church. He grew up across the street from the Hargraves Center where music was often part of community events and gatherings. His first opportunity to perform came when he was five years old when a neighborhood family formed the Eubanks Family Gospel Group. At Phillips Middle School he belonged to a group called The Soul Dynamics which was the origin of what we know today as the Liquid Pleasure Band. At Chapel Hill High School he belonged to the Young Gifted and Black Choir. In the 1980’s he sang with three other guys in the Love Masters Group which eventually starred in an Oldsmobile Cadillac television commercial. He continues to sing with the male chorus at the St Paul AME Church and with the This Time Around local community garage band. He is also a photographer and an exhibition of his work, A Simpler Time, has been on display at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

1, 2, 3 Puppetry

1, 2, 3 Puppetry is a puppet theater company based in Chapel Hill. This group is dedicated to leveraging puppetry, acting, music, and movement to champion social justice and shed light on underrepresented issues.

Daniel Barrett is our Sound Engineer

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