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!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Soooo close to a million!

Drum roll please - our grand total for Alex's Million Mile this year is...
891,214 miles, so close to a million! This is an incredible achievement, the equivalent of circling the earth 35 times. While we didn't QUITE reach 1 million, this outstanding effort confirms that we are not crazy to think we can do it. Dare we say, next year?  

Whether you participated in Alex's Million Mile or supported the month long event designed to heighten the awareness of Nat'l Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (Sept.), thank you! Your enthusiasm, energy and determination to cure childhood cancer inspired us every day on our #Journey2aMillion. We hope that like us, you are filled with resolve to continue raising funds and awareness for better pediatric cancer treatments and cures for all of our childhood cancer heroes.

Our social media gallery is still up, so be sure to check out the great photos from participating teams and get inspired for next year! Be among the first to know about 2015's Alex's Million Mile event and sign up now to be notified about when registration opens for our next #Journey2aMillion!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Finishing Strong in Honor of our Heroes!

We're in the home stretch! Only 5 days left until SeptAMMber and Alex's Million Mile is over. Thank you to everyone who has participated and made it an amazing month so far, but it's not over yet....

Do you have blisters on your feet? Do your legs hurt? Bike riders - is your backside a bit sore? It's easy to make excuses, but they pale in comparison to what our childhood cancer heroes have to endure even after their treatment is complete, heroes like 10-year-old Cole Fitzgerald

Cole was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma at age 2 and has been cancer free for 7 years now. However, Cole bears lifelong scars from his treatment. He lost part of his hearing at age 3 because of a specific chemotherapy drug and wears hearing aids full time. He also has some balancing issues, due in part to his treatment, that have made it a challenge to do things that many of us take for granted, like riding a two wheel bike. Despite all of this, not to mention dislocated hips, Cole has already crushed his AMM goal of riding 100 miles this month (averaging more than 3 miles/day).

In honor of Cole and all of our heroes, we are challenging all AMM participants to boost their end-of-the-month miles by completing 3 miles a day (or 15 miles collectively) from now through 12PM (Noon) on Oct. 1. Those who complete these miles and have raised $100* or more as of Oct. 1, will receive a limited edition ALSF t-shirt and an autographed photo of Cole!

Even if you're not participating in Alex's Million Mile, you can still support the efforts of others by making a donation to an AMM team to help fund childhood cancer treatment. Let's finish strong for all of our childhood cancer heroes! 

 *This includes donations made at any point throughout the Alex's Million Mile event, not just these last couple of days. Eligible donations include those that participants have made or those made on behalf of participants, does not include Volvo's match.