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Rachael Ray Helps Bring Prom to Enterprise

A tornado in Enterprise, Alabama, devastated their school and eight classmates were lost in the storm. Enter Rachael Ray, who wanted to be sure the students got a senior prom.

The celebrity chef planned the menu and helped prepare dinner at Enterprise High School’s prom, according to a statement Thursday from publicist Georgianna Dente. The star of the syndicated “Rachael Ray” coordinated donations for the dance, which was shot for an episode to air April 30.

“The students of Enterprise High are so courageous, given all that they’ve gone through,” Ray, 38, said in the statement. “When I heard about what happened to their school and classmates, we wanted to help.”

“The prom was all about celebrating their accomplishments and honoring the classmates who tragically lost their lives,” she said.

Those students lost their lives in a recent spring storm spawning tornadoes on March 1. The High School and Elementary School were damaged in the storm. Students went back to school on March 14 at a Community College. There are plans in the works to rebuild both schools.

I’m so happy to see that people understand the importance of giving these kids memories of their senior year outside the tragedy.

Earlier in the day, Ray appeared with Gov. Bob Riley and Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell to greet students at an assembly.

The prom, held at Fort Rucker, was themed “Caught in a Moment.” Photographs of seniors Jamie Vidensek and Michael Tompkins two of the students killed lined the dance floor, the Eagle reported.

Senior Mitchell Baker, 17, said the prom was bittersweet after the death of his friends.

“It makes it a little harder for me,” Baker, 17, told The Dothan Eagle newspaper. “I’m used to all of them being around.”

I watch Rachael Ray’s show every day and definitely won’t miss this episode on April 30.

Hat tip goes out to Sadie.


Dothan, AL, my brother lived and worked there for awhile.

Rachel is such a sweetheart.

Taylor said:

I live in Enterprise..it was ssooooo bad!!

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