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Northeast Ohio Adoption Services Dave Thomas Celebrity Cookoff

Gere and Jim Weller
(Northeast Ohio Adoption Services)

Cindy Deal and Al Roker
(Northeast Ohio Adoption Services)

Deryck Toles, Dominique Moceanu and Tom Letson
(Northeast Ohio Adoption Services)

Judge Michelle Earley and Linda Miller
(Northeast Ohio Adoption Services)

 Northeast Ohio Adoption Services
Dave Thomas Celebrity Cookoff

                        This year was a special treat at the annual Dave Thomas Celebrity Cookoff  to benefit Northeast Ohio Adoption Services because everybody”s favorite weatherman, Al Roker, was the honored guest and spoke at a private reception prior to the event. He explained he grew up in a family with biological and adopted siblings and he and his wife are adoptive parents.
    The event, which attracted 176 guests, began with cocktails and an amazing silent and live auction filled with spectacular items.
    It was all about fun when the red-hot cooking commenced with national and local celebrities  cooked scintillating teppanyaki-style dinners at Benihana restaurant.
    Since 1978, NOAS has demonstrated its expertise in serving teens, sibling groups, kids with special needs and and/or children who have waited more than two years to be adopted. The nonprofit agency does not charge fees to families for adoption.
    The late Dave Thomas, an adoptee and founder of Wendy”s restaurants, founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992 and in 1997 launched with Benihana and the celebrity cookoffs, raising more than $3.5 million for programs related to adoption services. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALI McSHERRY


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