Sunday, November 1, 2009

Rachael Ray to host Thanksgiving dinner in area


UPDATE: a redesign show’s crew is giving soup kitchen major overhaul as part of Ray’s visit.

Talk show host Rachael Ray will bring her show and a heap of Thanksgiving fixing to Wilmington Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8.

(AP Photo/ Jim McKnight)

Ray is inviting Wilmington residents who have faced economic hardship to a free Thanksgiving dinner Sunday at the Roberts Convention Centre.

Cincinnati native and former 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey will attend the dinner, according to Ray’s representatives.

“The Rachael Ray Show,” which will tape an episode, also plans to visit Sugartree Soup Kitchen.

Wilmington residents were rocked when DHL, that community’s major employer, announced last year that it was leaving.

The company has ceased most operations there.

“We can’t fix the economy, but we can do our part - and what we know about is food. So if you’re worried about a Thanksgiving meal, you can relax - we’ve got a plan,” a message posted the The Rachael Ray Show website says.

Visit or call 1-800-972-2579 to register to attend the dinner.

Those who registers must be at least 18 years of age, and must show a government-issued photo ID proving they live in the 45177 zip code.

The show also seeks volunteers willing to help stage the dinner. Call (800) -972-2579 to help.

This isn’t the first time the plight of Wilmington workers has gained the attention of a national celebrity. on the show.