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What to Watch on Thursday: NCSU grad could win 2009 CNN Hero tonight

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (8pm, ABC) - Charlie Brown and Snoopy are serving popcorn, ice cream, and toast for Thanksgiving. Don't be late. Bonus cartoon "This is America, Charlie Brown" has the whole Peanuts gang aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

Punkin Chunkin (9pm, Science)
- Four local teams are competing in this annnual pumpkin hurling competition. There's a "Road to Punkin Chunkin" special preceding this at 8pm.  

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute (9pm, CNN) - Anderson Cooper hosts the third annual salute to ordinary people who have done extraordinary work in their communities or in the world. NCSU grad Doc Hendley is one of the ten finalists for the honor, for his Wine to Water foundation's work providing clean drinking water to those in need. Performers include Leona Lewis and Carrie Underwood. Presenters are Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, and many others. 

NBC People of the Year (9pm, NBC) - Matt Lauer interviews the year's most notable people. Of course, that means The Octomom, Susan Boyle, Kobe Bryant, Taylor Swift, Chesley Sullenberger.

A rally at NCSU for North Carolina's own CNN Hero

CNN is hosting a celebratory rally in Raleigh tomorrow at noon for Doc Hendley, who has been named one of the network's Top 10 Heroes of the year. (Read N&O profile of Hendley here).

The 30-year-old Blowing Rock bartender, who works to bring clean drinking water to people in need, was chosen from over 9,000 entries by a panel which included notables such as Gen. Colin Powell, Sir Elton John, and Ted Turner.

Hendley is eligible to win the #1 "Hero of the Year" spot through voting going on now. Hendley has already been awarded $25,000 and could win $100,000 if he's chosen as "Hero of the Year." You can vote until November 18. The winner will be announced on November 26.

NCSU to fete Doc Hendley, a CNN "hero"

North Carolina State University will hold a rally Thursday at noon in support of Doc Hendley, a 2004 alum named one of 10 "CNN Heroes" by the cable news network.

The rally, at the brickyard, will include comments by Hendley, Chancellor James Woodward and Raleigh City Council member Thomas Crowder.

Hendley is the founder and executive director of "Wine to Water," an international faith-based organization that installs running water and sanitation systems in needy parts of the world.

Click here for a CNN video about Hendley's work.

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