June 10, 2009

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade Day

From Kris Nowotny, Phoenix Coordinator for Lemonade Day, a project of Prepared 4 Life.

Hi, my name is Kris and I am working with Prepared 4 Life to bring Lemonade Day to the Greater Phoenix area in 2010. Prepared 4 Life’s foremost objective is empowering youth to take ownership of their own lives and become healthy, productive members of society—the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. Held on the first Sunday of May every year since 2007, Lemonade Day offers young people the opportunity to savor the sweet taste of success that comes with setting up, owning and operating their very own lemonade business.

The program has seen phenomenal growth, growing from 2,600 stands in Houston its first year to over 27,000 with 75,000 kids participating in 2009! This past May 3rd, the combined youth of the Greater Houston community sold over two million cups of lemonade and, with their profits; they contributed more than $500,000 to local charities.

Lemonade Day’s success hasn’t been limited to just Houston alone. The program recently launched in Austin, Bryan/College Station, Richmond, and Minneapolis. Lemonade Day is coming to Phoenix and ten other cities across the United States in 2010.

It is my goal to see Lemonade Day be a smashing success in the Phoenix metro area.

We offer the program free of cost to the kids and schools who wish to integrate the Lemonade Day Program into their curriculum. To achieve this we seek the involvement of the entire community through sponsorship, donations, and most preferably, active involvement in the program itself. I’ve been hard at work researching local area businesses, foundations, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and any and everyone who would want to participate in or contribute to Lemonade Day.

I’m hoping to get my finger on the pulse of Phoenix, and ask for your help to achieve this. If you are interested or know anyone who you think will be interested in Lemonade Day, I encourage you to e-mail me, and check out the Lemonade Day website. We are going to launch the Phoenix specific site soon so I encourage everyone interested to check frequently as updates will hopefully come quickly. You can follow me on Twitter as well to receive updates.

Thanks to Sam for letting me borrow his soap box and thank you all for reading and hopefully I’ll see all of you May 02, 2010 for Phoenix’s very first Lemonade Day.

Looking Forward to Phoenix,

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