GPHA Raises Money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand
The Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association raised $51,000 for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand pediatric cancer charity earlier this summer during their Alex’s Lemonade Stand Days. Since the campaign started in 2005, GPHA has raised over $400,000 which has gone towards cancer research. This year 18 hotels participated by putting up a stand either in front of the hotel or in the lobby. The campaign is organized through GPHA’s Human Resources Committee with several different departments in the hotels participating. The engineering departments build the stand, the kitchen staff prepares the lemonade and lemon themed desserts to be sold at the stand, and the front of the house staff sells the products.
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. For more information about the charity, go to www.alexslemonade.org.