Alex’s Lemonade Gala Sets Record, Raises More Than $825,000 For Kids’ Cancer Fight
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(January 14, 2013) - Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) hosted the Seventh Annual Lemon Ball, presented by Volvo Cars and Toys“R”Us with support from Auntie Anne’s and Cigna on Saturday, January 12, 2013, setting a record by raising more than $825,000. The Lemon Ball, an evening of cocktails, dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions and entertainment, also set an attendance record, bringing together over 900 supporters of the Foundation’s mission – a cure for all kids with cancer.
The evening, which took place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, celebrated the life and inspiration of Foundation creator Alexandra “Alex” Scott as well as those who continue her mission of finding cures. Among the evening’s highlights were speeches given by honorees Jeff Benjamin, Jeff Michaud and Marc Vetri, the men behind the Great Chefs Event (Alex Scott Crystal Cup); The Smith Family who have collectively raised over $140,000 for the Foundation (Stand Hosts of the Year); and Paige & Mark Walsh who have spearheaded Foundation efforts in Kansas City (Volunteers of the Year) as well as Alex’s parents, Liz & Jay Scott.
In addition to speeches given by the honorees, several young childhood cancer fighters added to the evening, reminding attendees of the importance of raising funds for new treatments and cures. These children ranged in age from 4 to 22, providing guests with an up close and personal glimpse of the lives that they’re changing by supporting the Foundation and its research.
Perhaps the most poignant moments of the evening came during the live auction when members of the audience came together to purchase the first official Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Pennsylvania License Plate, donating it back to Alex’s parents Liz and Jay Scott. The Fund A Cure portion followed where guests collectively raised $100,000 in a matter of minutes for a research grant, engaging the entire room. Cocktails, dessert and dancing to the sounds of Brandywine Valley Talent’s Back2Life rounded out the evening.
For more information and photos from the event, please visit www.TheLemonBall.org.
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, raising more than $60 million and funding over 275 research projects.