National Lemonade Days will be held on June 7 – 9
In 2004, a young woman by the name of Alexandra Scott decided she wanted to help kids fighting cancer by opening a lemonade stand to raise money. She was 8 years-old, and fighting her own battle with cancer. Unfortunately, Alex lost her battle later that year, but not before meeting her goal of raising $1 million for childhood cancer research. The resulting foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, has gone on to raise over $60 million.
Each year, in honor of that first lemonade stand, National Lemonade Days is held across the country. This year it will be held from June 7th through the 9th, and is getting a special boost in the form of two Food Network personalities: Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Melissa d’Arabian. (Full press release regarding their participation is below).
Remember, though… you can participate too! Register to host your own lemonade stand for National Lemonade Days. Or, if you can’t, keep an eye out for lemonade stands in your area, and join the fight against childhood cancer.
Chefs and Moms Melissa d’Arabian & Alex Guarnaschelli Join Kids’ Cancer Fight, Lend Support & Expertise to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation During National Lemonade Days, June 7-9, 2013
Philadelphia, PA (April 2, 2013) – Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, is proud to announce that chefs and moms Melissa d’Arabian and Alex Guarnaschelli will support the Foundation’s 2013 National Lemonade Days initiative (June 7-9). Lending their culinary expertise, d’Arabian and Guarnaschelli will each provide kid-friendly recipes and tips to volunteers who sign up to host a lemonade stand during the initiative aiming to raise $1 million for childhood cancer research.
ALSF’s National Lemonade Days began in 2004 when Foundation creator Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004) set a goal of raising $1 million for childhood cancer research. Alex, who was fighting childhood cancer herself, invited volunteers across the country to host lemonade stands to help her reach the ambitious goal. Through the help of these volunteers, Alex would reach her goal before losing her life to the disease in August of that year. Each June, the weekend before Father’s Day, Alex’s mission of raising $1 million continues through National Lemonade Days, once again inviting supporters everywhere to contribute to a cure.
Having been inspired by Alex’s story, Melissa d’Arabian and Alex Guarnaschelli wanted to support the continuing of her legacy, offering their different culinary perspectives to lemonade stand hosts. d’Arabian and Guarnaschelli have each crafted kid-friendly lemonade recipes to share and offer their own advice on what makes for a successful lemonade stand.
Food Network and Cooking Channel star Melissa d’Arabian grew up in hot and dry Tucson, and is a lemonade stand expert, having held numerous stands with her sister growing up. More recently, her family has felt the effects of childhood cancer personally, when a young first grader in their community lost his life to childhood cancer.
“Last year, our school lost a first-grade hero to cancer, bringing the whole community together,” said d’Arabian. “About the same time this child was lost, my four daughters squeezed their own lemons, giving away lemonade with a donation jar for charity. Their generosity inspired me to get involved in a bigger way with Alex’s Lemonade Stand – combining our celebration of our local hero’s life with my daughters’ mad lemonade-making skills.”
Alex Guarnaschelli, who recently won Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef: Redemption” and is a regular judge on the primetime show “Chopped,” will provide a recipe for lemon lime lemonade and a pairing of ginger cookies. With a 5-year-old daughter of her own, Guarnaschelli was inspired to join the movement after hearing of the journey of Alex’s parents with their daughter.
“I have a daughter who has taught me a lot along the way. She is only five, but she is a powerful little human,” says Guarnaschelli. “It stuns me how effective children can be in their messaging; and I believe that every child should enjoy that basic right to become an adult. Getting rid of childhood cancers is one effective way to reach that goal.”
During National Lemonade Days, ALSF offers support to all volunteers who sign up to host lemonade stands. In addition to having access to a member of the Foundation’s staff to help with any lemonade stand needs, Lemonade Days participants also receive a limited edition box while supplies last. The box consists of materials to assist in the fundraising process including a 2ft X 3ft ALSF banner, thank you notes, stickers, balloons, posters, adult and child speaking points and a pre-paid return envelope for proceeds.
For more information on National Lemonade Days, and to sign up to host a lemonade stand and receive the recipes and tips of Melissa d’Arabian and Alex Guarnaschelli, visit: AlexsLemonade.org/LemonadeDays.
About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “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 held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $60 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 275 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.
About Melissa d’Arabian
Embodying home cooking at its finest, television host and cookbook author Melissa d’Arabian naturally connects with today’s diverse families to offer unique yet relatable food and lifestyle solutions that are part of a bigger story about how to eat well, be a responsible consumer, and spend with purpose. She currently hosts Food Network’s cooking series “Ten Dollar Dinners” and Cooking Channel’s lifestyle show “Drop 5 lbs. with Good Housekeeping.” Utilizing her creative resource management techniques, Melissa’s approachable and satisfying recipes are as flavorful and elegant as they are affordable and nutritious. After earning an undergraduate degree from University of Vermont and an MBA from Georgetown University, Melissa enjoyed a successful career in finance and strategy in both the United States and abroad in France before eventually becoming a stay-at-home mom to her four daughters. Passionate about sharing her tried-and-true money-saving strategies with local women’s groups, Melissa submitted a video audition for season five of The Next Food Network Star – the popular reality competition show she then competed on and won. Her first cookbook “Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week” debuted in August 2012 and became an instant New York Times best seller. Melissa and her family live just outside San Diego.
About Alex Guarnaschelli
As the daughter of an esteemed cookbook editor, Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli spent her childhood surrounded by food. After graduating from Barnard College in 1991, Guarnaschelli worked under acclaimed American chef, Larry Forgione. Encouraged by Forgione, Guarnaschelli moved to France to study at La Varenne Culinary School in Burgundy. After school she worked for four years at the Michelin three-star restaurant Guy Savoy and moved up to sous chef at La Butte Chaillot, another Savoy establishment. After seven successful years in France, Guarnaschelli returned stateside, joining the venerable Daniel Boulud at restaurant Daniel in Manhattan as sous chef. Guarnaschelli moved to Los Angeles for two years and worked at the acclaimed Patina restaurant in West Hollywood. Currently, Guarnaschelli is the executive chef at Butter Restaurant and The Darby in New York. Guarnaschelli’s first cookbook, Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook (Clarkson Potter), recently went on sale nationally.
Guarnaschelli’s many national television appearances include: “Food Network Challenge”, “TODAY Show”, “The Early Show” and the “Rachael Ray” show. Guarnaschelli has completed the third season of “Alex’s Day Off” on Food Network, a show produced by Bobby Flay. She also is a regular judge on Food Network’s primetime show “Chopped” and a regular contributor to “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” She has appeared on “Iron Chef America” as both a competitor and judge and “Dear Food Network” and “Next Food Network Star”. She recently competed and won “Next Iron Chef: Redemption.”