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Watch 2 Charlotte bakers get surprised by Rachael Ray on Friday

Karen Sullivan (left), Sh-neila Lee, Buddy Valasco and Rachael Ray at work on their cakes.
Karen Sullivan (left), Sh-neila Lee, Buddy Valasco and Rachael Ray at work on their cakes.

If you need something to warm your heart on Friday morning, tune in to “Rachael Ray” on WJZY at 9 a.m.

The show will feature the story of Charlotte baker Sh-neila Lee and former Observer writer Karen Sullivan. Back in 2005, The Observer ran a story about young adults who age out of the foster care system. Sullivan noticed Lee, a single mother who was struggling to make it on her own, and offered to help her learn cake decorating. 

Lee, now 31, went on to use those skills to get jobs working in supermarket bakeries and eventually went to the Community Culinary School of Charlotte. 

To pass on the help she had been given, Lee started a nonprofit, Cakes 4 Kids, teaching teens in foster care or who were homeless how to decorate cakes, and use those cakes for younger kids in foster care. 

Lee and Sullivan reconnected this summer, and Sullivan reached out to the producers at “Rachael Ray,” who ended up putting together a video with a surprise visit by Buddy Valastro of “The Cake Boss.” 

On the show Friday, Lee and Sullivan will appear with Valastro to show off what Lee can do with cakes. 

Kathleen Purvis; 704-358-5236. 
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