Thursday, December 11, 2014

Avenge Childhood Cancer - Join the Lemon Force!

We’re on a mission to put an end to childhood cancer 365 days a year at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, but throughout the holiday season this year – we’re waging an epic battle to avenge the disease in honor of all of our superheroes.

Our inspiration? Childhood cancer hero Dan Hammond. When Dan was 9 years old, a large cancerous tumor was found on his spine. Dan, an avid Marvel comic book fan and illustrator himself, nicknamed his cancer “the beast.” Dan bravely fought the beast for 13 years with courage and humor enduring countless surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Thanks to treatment advances made possible from research, Dan always had hope each time the beast returned. But, after a brave and valiant fight – Dan passed away peacefully on February 20, 2014.

Avenge childhood cancer with us and give the gift of hope for a cure to all kids with cancer this holiday season. We’ve set a goal to raise $40,000 in honor and memory of Dan’s heroic fight with the beast and are already off to a great start. Make a tax-deductible donation today! 

You can also show your support by becoming a caped crusader yourself! Download our official Lemon Force mask, take a photo, share online and you could appear on our social media gallery on our website. Simply tag @AlexsLemonade and use the hashtag #LemonForce.

Learn more about Dan's story and help us honor his memory!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On Your Marks, Get Set...Shop! (for Gifts that Give Back)

Gearing up for Black Friday, Cyber Monday or anything else they’ve come up with this year? Why not give the gift of helping find a cure for kids with cancer? Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has a bunch of ideas perfect for anyone on your list that also give back – check out our list below and get shopping from the comfort of your couch. 

Make a tax-deductible donation in someone's name. Give the gift of research for a cure for all childhood cancers this season! Donate to our "avenge cancer" campaign honoring the memory of childhood cancer hero Dan Hammond who passed away earlier this year. Donate $100 or more and receive a complimentary 2014 holiday ornament. P.S. - Stay tuned to see how we're masking marking Giving Tuesday on December 2!

The official ALSF 2014 holiday ornament: This year's ornament is based on the Lemonade and Love for Sam stand held each year to honor the memory of childhood cancer hero Sam Jeffers who passed away from brain cancer at age 8. Past year's ornaments available as a complete gift set as well. Don't forget about other great ALSF products available on our online gift shop.

AmazonSmile: Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice (including ALSF). Shop through this link to donate!

Alex and Ani Bangle: 20% of the proceeds received by Alex and Ani from selling the Zest for Life Bangle will be donated to ALSF. 

Blue Dot Robot Games: Blue Dot Robot will donate $1 to ALSF for each online sale of Punkin' and Digit &Boo puzzles.

Chavez for Charity: 25% of the gross profit from Chavez's yellow bracelet or necklace collection are given to ALSF. 

Fundphotos: Upload and order photos, cards, photo books and more on this site that donates 10% of each purchase to a Participating Charitable Organization of your choice (including ALSF).

Headbands of Hope: For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to a giving partner of your choice, including ALSF. 

Rügrat Design: Rügrat Design is proud to donate 10% of all sales of its kids clothing and accessories to ALSF.

Hedley & Bennett: Have a budding chef to buy for? 50% of the sales from this kids Alex's Lemonade apron (a miniature version of the one worn by the superstar chefs at our culinary events) is donated to ALSF.

TG Bears: For every Alex Bear sold, TG Bears will donate 30% of the proceeds of the regular price to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Superstar Supporters for the Cause

Don't get us wrong, we truly think of all of our supporters as superstars, but we admit that we still get a little star struck when we hear of celebrities rallying support for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).

This past week was a big one in terms of garnering high profile support for ALSF that started with the news that international superstar Enrique Iglesias is joining the fight against childhood cancer. Enrique kicked off his support of ALSF by donating $2 from every ticket from the pre-sale of his new tour to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, but they’ll be more to come according to the artist….

"During the pre-sale we will donate $2 from every ticket sold to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, but that's only the beginning! Later in November, we will announce other ways I'll be working with my fans to raise funds and awareness in support of this incredible organization," says Enrique. "Together, we can carry on Alex's legacy, and hopefully bring us one step closer to eradicating childhood cancer, one cup of lemonade at a time."

Considering one of Enrique's hit songs from back in 2001 was titled, “Hero” we think it’s a perfect fit! Read more about his support.

Next up - the TV show "MasterChef Junior" and FOX hosted pop-up lemonade stands in Los Angeles and NYC earlier in the week raising funds and awareness of ALSF.

Finally, the amazing actress Bailee Madison, ALSF’s Youth Spokesperson and an avid supporter of ALSF, appeared in OK! Magazine sharing a special Vanilla Berry Lemonade Recipe and spoke of her support of the Foundation.

Of course, you don’t have to be a celebrity to help out in the fight against childhood cancer...find out the many ways to get involved with ALSF today, you're all superstars in our book!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Two Culinary Events - One Great Cause

Right Coast, Left Coast – City of Angels, The Big Apple - … whether you identify more with the East Coast or West Coast, there’s one thing that these two great cities have in common – helping kids with cancer through their support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. This outpouring of support was especially evident in the past few weeks as two of our incredible culinary events – L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade and Lemon: NYC took place raising hundreds of thousands of dollars toward the fight against childhood cancer. Although quite different in their format, the events on opposite coasts featured amazing food, renowned chefs and a generous crowd of guests.

First up was L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade taking place in Los Angeles on September 20. Often referred to as L.A.’s version of a picnic, more than 40 chefs congregated on UCLA’s campus to serve up tastings of their signature dishes. More than 2,000 people attended the family-friendly event helping to raise over $700,000 in one afternoon for ALSF! Check out some fun photos below and our entire photo album from the event on Facebook. 

Pink's hot dogs showing their love!

Chef Giada DeLaurentiis preparing her dish.

Actor Sean Hayes giving the thumbs up on the lemonade.

ALSF Youth Spokesperson Bailee Madison.

Our amazing hosts Chef Suzanne Goin, Chef David Lentz and Caroline Styne.

Jimmy Kimmel with his buddy Chris Bianco.

Jay and Liz Scott with childhood cancer hero speaker Ryan Compton.

Next was Lemon: NYC on October 14 in New York City’s Studio 450. The format changed a bit at this year’s Lemon: NYC event as instead of individual chefs being assigned a table of guests to cook them an entire meal – each one of the 8 participating chefs was responsible for one course of the meal. This intimate and exclusive format enabled for a truly one-of-a-kind experience for the diners and helped to raise more than $164,000 for ALSF. A few photos from Lemon: NYC are below, but the entire album can be found on Facebook. 
The talented and generous chefs!

Putting the finishing touches on dessert.

Liz and Jay Scott inspiring the crowd.

Guests enjoying the spectacular views from Studio 450.

Childhood cancer hero Tony Salerno, who spoke to the guests about the importance of their support, and his family.
Eat, drink, help kids with cancer. It’s what our culinary events are all about and thanks to the generous community of chefs who donate their time and talent, a fun way to support ALSF. Be sure to check out all o four culinary events (we have them in Philly and Chicago too) and sign up to receive notification when tickets to on sale to one near you!