Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"bELIeve"

We wanted to start off the blog this week with a note of remembrance. Sadly, one of our heroes and longtime stand hosts, Eli Matthews, lost his life to childhood cancer last week. Eli was 10-years-old. Eli and his family held several lemonade stands throughout his life, and as came to be their slogan, they “bELIeve” in a cure for leukemia. We send our condolences to Eli’s family, and will use his inspiration to continue our mission. For more on Eli, please click here.



Eli only reminds us of just how important the work of the foundation is, and how there are many ways that people can get involved. Whether it’s holding a lemonade stand like Eli and his brother did, or doing something simple like supporting one of our sponsors. During the summer time you can buy a paper lemon at Rita’s Water Ice, or purchase Lemonade Blend Mike & Ike’s anytime of year, or how about purchasing a raffle ticket to buy a car? Our founding sponsor, Volvo, has once again given us the opportunity to raffle off a brand new car! After two successful raffles in 2009 & 2010, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation will once again offer supporters the chance to win their choice of a brand new Volvo XC60, Volvo S60 or Volvo C70 in 2011! ALSF will sell 2,500 raffle tickets for $25 each or 10 for $200, with the winning ticket being drawn at Alex's "Original" Lemonade Stand on Saturday, June 11, 2011. As in years past, all proceeds from the raffle will benefit the fight against childhood cancer. For tickets and more information, click here.

Finally, we wanted to share something pretty cool with all of you. You may remember that a few months ago we invited supporters to send in photos donning ALSF gear in recognizable places within their home states. We were hoping to put together a video of supporters across the states, and part one is now complete! Check out the video below and make sure to share it with all of your friends. As we remember Eli this week, it is important to know that there are thousands of children who will continue to battle cancer in the days and years ahead. The fact that these young lives are being cut short is simply unacceptable. With the support of all of our stands hosts across the states, we are continuing our work to change that. Thank you for being a part of the challenge to find those cures!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Alexandra “Alex” Scott Painting nets $16,000 at gala celebration



ALSF hosted our first special event of the year this past weekend, and The Lemon Ball 2011 did not disappoint! As this headline indicates, perhaps the most exciting moment of the evening came during the Live Auction, when the “Alex’s Heart Painting” incited a bidding war.

In years past, a plate of lemon cookies baked by Liz has been among the most popular live auction items. Though they certainly weren’t lacking this year (they sold for $6,000!), it was wonderful to see Alex’s beautiful painting take over their reign. As the last item in the live auction, the starting bid for Alex’s painting was $500. It didn’t stay that way for long as the amount quickly shot up, and before we knew it, two bidders were at war with the bids easily moving to over $10,000. With neither bidder giving up, the bids continued to increase until finally, the winning bid of $16,000 was reached. The painting had only been a part of the live auction one other year, and though it wasn’t a surprise that it would be a popular item, the painting hadn’t gone for more than $3,000 previously. In 2011, it was the largest grossing item in the Live Auction. What a sweet tribute and proof that Alex’s enduring legacy of hope lives on!



While this may have been one of the most exciting moments of the evening, there were many more of inspiration and hope throughout. Though we changed the venue to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in 2011, the atmosphere remained the same as supporters of Alex’s mission came together to continue her dream – a cure for all kids with cancer. We were able to recognize some important individuals throughout the night including our Crystal Cup recipient – Jim Rudolph, our Volunteer of the Year – Shira Rosenwald, and our Stands Hosts of the Year – the Huscroft family.

We are pleased to report that the evening raised over $675,000 and saw over 800 attendees. The silent auction was more successful than in any year prior, and above all else, we were pleased to have some of our heroes and their families in attendance. The Lemon Ball is always a wonderful evening and a great way to kick off the year. We are looking forward to 2011, and we can officially say – let the fundraising begin!

A special thank you to Volvo, CIGNA, Toys“R”Us and all of our amazing sponsors of the evening!

Friday, January 7, 2011

A New Year, A New Resolution, and Renewed Hope

Along with each New Year comes the opportunity for new beginnings. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions as we enter a new calendar year, citing ways in which we would like to change ourselves and our lives. There are many popular resolutions, among those that rank highest – spending more time with family and friends, getting physically fit, losing weight, fixing finances and getting organized. These are the resolutions that we most often hear about covered in the news, or when we speak to our friends, but something that may be unknown is that helping others is amongst the leaders in New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions are all about improving ourselves and the lives around us, and helping others should certainly fit into that mold. When was the last time you can remember volunteering at an event, or helping a charity and not walking away feeling better about the difference you made in the world, or even just the difference you made in one person’s life? Helping others through volunteerism is the unselfish resolution. Whether it’s building a house, mentoring a child, or hosting a lemonade stand, volunteerism can take on many forms, and there is always something to suit your needs and wants.

Thus far we have been pleased to report that volunteer inquiries have been coming in frequently since January 1. As you know, without our volunteers, and the help of supporters everywhere, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation would simply not exist. This time of year brings us joy for many reasons, not only are we starting new; heading toward our unofficial kick-off, the Lemon Ball gala; awaiting promising research results; but we are also looking forward to gaining new volunteers and supporters in the New Year. We hope that you will make New Year’s resolutions this year that will stick, and we hope that no matter which charity you choose to support, that volunteerism will make the list!

Check out these volunteers:



Click here for ways to get involved with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation!

Happy New Year!