FOOD NETWORK STAR MELISSA D’ARABIAN HOSTS HOMETOWN LEMONADE STAND ON JUNE 9TH TO SUPPORT ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION DURING ANNUAL LEMONADE DAYS INITIATIVE
Together With Family and Friends, d’Arabian Hosts “Coronado Loves Connor” Lemonade Stand in Memory of Connor Carvajal
Coronado, Calif. – May 30, 2013 – As part of the 2013 National Lemonade Days initiative put on by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) from June 7th through 9th, celebrity chef and mom of four Melissa d’Arabian will host a lemonade stand in her hometown of Coronado, Calif., on Sunday, June 9th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on C Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets (in front of 621 C Avenue). Melissa grew up in hot and dry Tucson, and is a self-proclaimed “lemonade stand expert,” having held numerous stands with her sister growing up. More recently, her family felt the effects of childhood cancer when a first grader in their community, Connor Carvajal, lost his life to the disease. Melissa’s “Coronado Loves Connor” stand will be in loving memory of Connor. Follow Melissa on Facebook and Twitter (@MelissadArabian) for real-time updates and photos from the lemonade stand.
“After Connor passed away, my four daughters squeezed their own lemons and gave 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 the celebration of our local hero’s life with my daughters’ mad lemonade-making skills,” said Melissa.
Melissa and her team of family, friends and volunteers will serve up a selection of tasty offerings including lemonade in various sizes, citrus sugar cookies (Connor’s favorite), and picnic packs all perfect to bring over to Coronado Summer Concert Series in Spreckels Park, where the June 9th performance is the Navy Southwest Jazz Band beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The “Coronado Loves Connor” Lemonade Stand offerings will include:
- *Picnic Pack: Minimum Donation $29 (1 Liter of Lemonade in reusable picnic container, Olive and White Bean Lemony Tapenade, French Baguette, Quinoa and Herb Tabouli, Fresh Fruit, 4 Citrus Sugar Cookies)
- *Sweet Treat Pack: Minimum Donation $10 1 Liter of Lemonade in reusable picnic container, 4 Citrus Sugar Cookies)
- Lemonade Liter: $6 (1 Liter of Lemonade in reusable container, plus paper cups for sharing)
- Lemonade in Reusable Fun Cup: $3
- Single Cup of Lemonade with Homemade Cookie: $1
Picnic Pack and Sweet Treat Pack can be ordered in advance. There is a preorder box with forms and for check payments in front of 919 F Avenue between 7am-9pm through June 8th. Make checks payable to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Home porch delivery is available for $4 (minimum donation per address) in Coronado Village on June 9 between 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on advanced orders. Otherwise, pre-ordered packs will be available for pickup at the stand. (Note that * indicates limited quantities available.)
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer. The National Lemonade Days initiative 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. For more information on National Lemonade Days and to sign up to host a lemonade stand, visit: www.AlexsLemonade.org/LemonadeDays.
About Melissa d’Arabian (www.melissadarabian.net)
A corporate career woman turned stay-at-home mom of four daughters, Melissa d’Arabian won season five of “The Next Food Network Star” in 2009. She hosts Food Network’s “Ten Dollar Dinners” and Cooking Channel’s “Drop 5 lbs. with Good Housekeeping.” Her inaugural 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 bestseller.
About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (AlexsLemonade.org)
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 300 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.