PHILADELPHIA, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just in time for summer and "lemonade season," Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is inviting volunteers across the country to join the battle against childhood cancer throughout June. Whether it's hosting an Alex's Lemonade Stand during the Foundation's National Lemonade Days (June 8-10, 2012), or visiting one of its many sponsor fundraisers, ALSF is on a mission to raise millions of dollars to help find a cure for all kids with cancer in June.
Among those who have already joined the battle, members of the newly formed National Advisory Board (NAB), including Marc Summers, Jimmy Kimmel, Kirsten Vangsness and Bailee Madison. Members of the NAB will contribute their time and talents to helping cure childhood cancer.
National Lemonade Days
From Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10, thousands of volunteers will host Alex's Lemonade Stands from coast to coast during National Lemonade Days. Evolving from Alexandra "Alex" Scott's mission to raise $1 million in 2004, volunteers will host over 2,000 stands and fundraising events during this weekend. The stands will provide a fun and easy way for children, family, friends, businesses and organizations to raise awareness while learning the important lesson of giving back.
Additionally, the Foundation's website allows visitors to search for events by zip code, event name or host name: www.AlexsLemonade.org/search/alex_search.
Sponsors Show Their Support
Several ALSF sponsors will host fundraisers throughout the month of June providing supporters nationwide with alternative ways to get involved. Below is a selection of the top sponsor efforts, with a full list available at AlexsLemonade.org.
A&P Supermarkets – approximately 300 supermarkets will sell paper lemons in support of ALSF on June 9 & 10.
Applebee's – The Rose Group will host the 6th annual charity classic at Talamore Country Club to benefit ALSF on Monday, June 11. The golf outing will preview Applebee's July 2012 fundraising drive for ALSF.
Five Below – Five Below will sell paper lemons in support of ALSF in all 212 stores in an effort to raise $200,000.
Forever 21 – beginning on May 25, Forever 21 locations will carry products with a portion of the proceeds benefiting ALSF.
IAA – Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA) will host Alex's Lemonade Stands at 142 branch locations during the month of June in an effort to raise $100,000.
K12 Virtual Academy – K12 will invite students and families to host lemonade stands as part of their Operation Lemonade initiative.
LEGO – together with LEGO® Friends and National Constitution Center visitors, the world's largest lemonade stand will be constructed completely out of LEGO bricks. The event will take place in Philadelphia June 7 through 9.
QVC – QVC® has once again worked with ElyseRyan Jewelry to offer a new Alex's Lemonade necklace that will be available through QVC throughout National Lemonade Days. The Foundation will receive 10 percent of the retail price for each necklace sold.
Rita's Water Ice - from June 1 - June 30, Rita's guests can purchase a paper lemon through a $1 donation. The lemons will be displayed on a "Wall of Hope."
Teleflora – Teleflora will offer customers the opportunity to purchase floral bouquets from the Sunny Day Pitcher Collection in support of ALSF. For each bouquet sold at teleflora.com, 10% of the revenue will be donated.
Toys"R"Us - Toys"R"Us will host an eight-week, in-store and online fundraising and awareness campaign benefiting ALSF. From Friday, June 1- Tuesday, July 31, customers can make donations at all Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores nationwide and online.
Volvo Cars of North America – Volvo will have a presence at Alex's "Original" Lemonade Stand in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, on June 9 where they will draw the winner for a brand new Volvo. Volvo is also providing a $25 donation to an existing supporter who recruits a new stand host.
About Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation:
ALSF emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alex Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex's first stand, the Foundation has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with supporters nationwide carrying on her legacy. To date, ALSF, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $50 million toward finding a cure, funding over 200 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.
SOURCE Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation