It’s on – lemonade season is officially underway and although it’s been an extremely busy time at ALSF in the past few weeks, we couldn’t be more pleased at the incredible efforts of all of our supporters who have held stands, attended events, wore one of our t-shirts or simply helped to spread our message of hope for all kids with cancer. So much has been happening; we wanted to provide a quick recap below of all the action.Click on any of the events below to see more photos or sign up to be notified of dates for 2014.
This was the 10th year that supporters in the Midwest have teamed up with their local Hy-Vee supermarkets to hold Alex’s Lemonade Stands and raise funds for childhood cancer research – more than $800,000 total in the past decade! The region has shown a tremendous amount of support for the cause, which stemmed from one family’s involvement and has blossomed into this annual, burgeoning event. Check out hero Cooper helping with donations (and his custom poster in the background).
CBS 3 Phone bank (June 6)
Breaking previous years' records, the CBS 3 Phone Bank raised nearly $2 million during this 14 hour televised fundraiser that kicks off National Lemonade Days weekend. In addition to generous donations coming in via phone calls, texts and online – many corporate supporters dropped off big (literally) checks, members of Philly sports teams made appearances and several hero families were interviewed to convey to viewers the importance of funding childhood cancer research. If you don’t live in the Philly area or missed the Phone Bank, you can watch a few of the featured hero stories through the links below (pardon the commercials that pre-empt each segment):
- Giulianna Troiano's Story
- Hope Bertelsen and Dan Hammond's Story
- Lynnette Henshaw's Story
- Alex Bilotta's Story
- Mario Carpino's Story
National Lemonade Days (June 7-9)
We mixed, we poured and now we’re searching for a cure. National Lemonade Days weekend was a resounding success once again with more than 1,500 stands held in 49 out of 50 states (and in Canada)! Funds raised are continuing to come in from the weekend, but we are confident we’ll hit, if not exceed, our goal. Stay tuned!
The stand that started it all. Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand commemorates Alex Scott’s annual summertime lemonade stand and is held at the elementary school that Alex once attended. The simple stand has evolved into a day of family fun consisting of games, food, raffles, face painting, as well as a butterfly release to celebrate the lives of all children battling cancer or who have lost their lives to the disease. This year, actress Bailee Madison (Wizards of Waverly Place, Parental Guidance), attended the event posing for photos, signing autographs and spreading the good word of kids helping kids.
Pork belly Tacos, Griddled Corn Cakes with Crab and Corn Nuts, Vanilla Ice Cream with Bourbon Butterscotch drizzled on top – these were just a few of the delicious dishes at the 8th Annual Great Chefs Event on June 8. Benefiting both ALSF and the Vetri Foundation for Children, the sold out foodie event raised nearly $1.1 million and satiated the appetites of everyone in attendance. Best quote of the night? Liz Scott, “We can finish what Alex started and win the fight against childhood cancer.”