Story, photos by Tyra Gardner
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, has teamed up with the National Constitution Center and Northwestern Mutual to a host a Spring Family Festival in the heart of Old City Philadelphia. The lemonade stand themed festival took place on Saturday, April 15 at the National Constitution Center. This is the first year having this event.
“ I would like this to be an annual event here held during the Spring,” said Liz Scott.
Inside the National Constitution Center, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation kicked off their summer events season with a wide array of kid-friendly and lemonade stand-themed activities. Throughout the day, Childhood Cancer Hero Families who dedicate their time to ALSF will be honored. Featured speakers include Liz Scott, co-executive director of ALSF/Alex’s mom, and local Childhood Cancer Heroes. The Indoor schedule of events consisted of : Alex’s Heroes Salute, Lemonade Stand Start-Up Workshops, Cups to a Cure, Kid Heroes Program and the ALSF Celebration: Keynote Event. Every floor of the National Constitution Center had banners for the days event.
Outdoor festivities include colonial-era games, a DJ with live music and family-friendly activities, as well as delicious food from local food trucks Baby Blues, Curbside Creamery, water ice, and of course, lemonade. Admission for kids 18 and under is free. Adult admission is $14.50, with 50 percent of proceeds being donated to ALSF. This event is generously underwritten by Northwestern Mutual https://www.northwesternmutual.com. The Outdoor Schedule of Events consisted of colonial games (front lawn), candle making, colonial dress up, crafts, family photo ops with historic re-enactors (of course Ben Franklin and Mrs. Franklin).
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 $140 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 690 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.