From our beginning, celebrities have generously helped Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.
Throughout the year, our celebrity ambassadors provide ALSF with their support—from hosting lemonade stands with their children, cooking at culinary events, attending fundraisers, sharing our mission on social media and lending their voice to the fight for cures for childhood cancer. Meet our famous (and fantastic!) celebrity ambassadors:
Young actress and Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Teen Spokesperson, Bailee Madison has shown immense support for the battle against childhood cancer since 2010. Bailee has attended stands at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, The Grove, and even celebrated National Lemonade Day at The Daily Grill. She has also been a frequent guest at Alex’s Original Lemonade Stand. Bailee has hosted Alex’s Lemonade Stands in Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, and New York City and was honored at Variety’s 2011 Power of Youth Awards for her work on behalf of the Foundation. A supporter since she was 11 years old, Bailee, who is now 17, is a shining example of one of the pillars that Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is based upon – which is you are never too young to make a difference.
Star of the Twilight saga, and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie series, Peter Facinelli has supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in many ways. After hearing about the Foundation and Alex’s story through Twitter, Facinelli knew that he wanted to be involved. He has donated funds from his mall signings across the country, starred in a Foundation PSA for television, visited Alex’s Lemonade Stands, and of course shown his support through social media. We are thankful for his participation and look forward to continuing to work with Peter in the future.
Kansas City Royals left fielder and 2015 World Series Champion, Alex Gordon has been a dedicated supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Kansas City Lemonade Days for the past seven years. He was also honored as the 2016 Volunteer of the Year at the annual ALSF Lemon Ball. Despite the summer months being a busy time for baseball players, Alex donates his time each year to help spread awareness of ALSF and raise funds for childhood cancer research. In addition, Alex starred in a Foundation PSA that aired exclusively in the Kansas City region and makes special appearances at ALSF events and lemonade stands. We are truly grateful for his support as not only does he share our founder’s name, but also her dedication to helping all kids with cancer.
Indycar series driver, Graham Rahal, has been an avid supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) since he started his own foundation, The Graham Rahal Foundation, in 2009. Graham was introduced to ALSF through his Indycar sponsor, Service Central who has been a supporter of ours for several years. Once Graham teamed up with Service Central, he thought it would be a great opportunity for his foundation to support ALSF. Through charitable events, including the “Annual Drivers Tournament” held at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the month of May and social media pages, Graham spreads awareness about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to his many fans and followers. Graham and his foundation continue to find new ways to get others involved in making a difference in the lives of children with cancer.
Marc Summers, the legendary game show and Food Network host, has been a supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation dating back to 2007. Marc first got involved with ALSF through his hosting duties at The Great Chefs Event in 2007. Known to many in the food world, Marc was a welcome addition to this event featuring culinary greats from around the country. Since that time, Marc has supported several Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation events by participating as emcee or simply attending. Marc is also a member of our Board of Directors. He has lent his talents to producing the Foundation’s 2010 PSA featuring Peter Facinelli and has taken the reigns of the Foundation’s National Advisory Board. Marc is a true supporter of the Foundation’s mission to find a cure for all kids with cancer and utilizes his talents and connections to help the Foundation make strides in the quest for a cure.
Cindy Crawford joined forces with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in the summer of 2010 after visiting the Alex’s Lemonade Stand held at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. Cindy has a personal connection to childhood cancer as her younger brother, Jeffrey, passed away from childhood cancer in 1975. Since that time, Cindy has been a tireless advocate for childhood cancer research, including her work with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Actress, writer and star of Criminal Minds, Kirsten Vangsness came to ALSF via our signature west coast culinary event, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade. Since lending her support, Kirsten has recorded PSAs for the Foundation, donated recipes and shared our mission with her fans and followers.
Thoroughbred racing champion, Afleet Alex, changed the lives of many on and off the track. During Afleet Alex’s early competitions, his owners decided to donate a portion of the winnings to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, after hearing the story of Alexandra “Alex” Scott. Soon, Afleet Alex began showing immeasurable potential and with the Triple Crown quickly approaching, both Alexs decided it was time to make the partnership public. Through the efforts of Afleet Alex’s owners and trainer, Alex’s Lemonade Stands were present at all three Triple Crown races in 2005, garnering national attention for the fight against childhood cancer. Afleet Alex and jockey Jeremy Rose stumbled on the final turn of the Preakness, but miraculously were able to regain footing and go on to win exemplifying the true determination of a champion – getting back up and fighting – no matter what challenges lay ahead. The owners of Afleet Alex continue to contribute to the Foundation.
Chef Giada De Laurentiis
Emmy award-winning television personality Giada De Laurentiis is a fierce supporter in the fight against childhood cancer, supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation since 2011 as an advisory board member for L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade. Her annual involvement includes participating in L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, donating an auc-tioned women chefs’ dinner and a dinner at her restaurant, GIADA Vegas. Giada hosts Food Network’s "Everyday Italian" and "Giada at Home", serves as a judge on “Food Network Star” and a NBC "Today" correspondent, is a successful restaurateur with her debut restaurant GIADA in Las Vegas, and has authored eight New York Times best-selling cookbooks, including her most recent, Happy Cooking, a collection of Giada’s recipes and tips for leading a healthy and happy life, in addition to her latest children’s book series, Recipe for Adventure.
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, Food Network star and chef of Butter Restaurant, has sup-ported Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for a number of years, including participat-ing in their signature culinary events, donating her prizes from Food Network competi-tions and hosting The Great Chefs Event NYC. She began her culinary career after graduating from Barnard College and working under the tutelage of the acclaimed American chef and restaurateur, Larry Forgione. In 2003, Chef Guarnaschelli became the executive chef at Butter Restaurant, where she would create her own eclectic American and green market-inspired menu. In addition to her restaurant work, Guarnaschelli inspires bud-ding chefs as a Chef-Instructor at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education. In 2015, Chef Guarnaschelli opened Driftwood Room at Nautilus South Beach in Miami, Florida.