Rachael Ray Launches Serving Heroes Program with Dunkin' Donuts

Rachael Ray appeared on Good Morning America yesterday to launch a new program with Dunkin' Donuts called the Serving Heroes Program. You can check out video of her appearance with Diane Sawyer here. There's also video of an interview with Access Hollywood about the event (and those divorce rumors again) here.

According to Dunkin' Donuts, the program is designed to celebrate the people who "help keep America running," which fits with its "America runs on Dunkin'" motto. It was launched yesterday in New York City with the first-ever "Running of the Cups." 50 people costumed in giant Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee cups ran throughout Manhattan delivering iced coffee and baked goods to pay tribute to police officers, firefighters, nurses, construction workers and train conductors.

The Serving Heroes program allows customers all over the United States to "nominate the hero who serves their community, especially in times of crisis." You can nominate someone from your community here. A new hero will be featured each month and will receive a year's worth of free Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

Rachael also participated in the donation of $25,000 to the Leary Firefighters Foundation and New Orleans Fire Chief Richie Hampton, "which will go towards the rebuilding of New Orleans firehouses lost in Hurricane Katrina." Rachael then cut the ribbon to send the cups on their way! They delivered coffee and baked goods to six locations: New York Fire Department, Engine 24; New York Fire Department, Ladder 1, Engine 26; New York Police Department, Midtown South Precinct; Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing; Penn Station train conductors; and Chelsea Stratus building construction site. I'm assuming all of that means something to those of you in NYC.

Here's what Rachael had to say at the event:

"I'm thrilled to be part of the celebration, and to present $25,000 to the Leary Firefighters Foundation -- a cause I personally support -- to help rebuild firehouses in New Orleans," said Rachael Ray. "We know that there are everyday heroes doing extraordinary things everywhere in this country, and the Dunkin' Brands Community Foundation "Serving Heroes" program is designed to help recognize the hard work and support that these men and women provide their communities."

If you live in Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, Buffalo, Saratoga, or Washington D.C., the Running of the Cups will be coming to your town in the not-so-distant future.

Photo from Extra.

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