ABA has selected Philadelphia-based Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation —whose mission is to find a cure for all forms of childhood cancer — as this year’s recipient of the “Marketplace Gives Back” program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION collectively donated or pledged $45,000 to the Philadelphia-area charity, ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION (ALSF), as part of the 2011 “Marketplace Gives Back” program.
Over the past several years, ABA has made it a priority to give back to the Marketplace host-region community by selecting a charitable cause from that region. In five years, MARKETPLACE GIVES BACK has raised a total of more than $160,000 for these charities.
ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION emerged from the front-yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, 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 opened that first stand, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers nationwide carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, ALSF has raised more than $35 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding more than 150 research projects nationally.
“We are so honored to have the opportunity to share our daughter’s legacy and mission to find a cure for all kids with cancer with the attendees of the ABA Marketplace,” said Liz and Jay Scott, Alex’s parents and founders of ALSF.
“I want to thank every ABA member who donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand during the 2011 Marketplace,” said ABA President and CEO Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS. “It’s hard to think of an organization more worthy of Marketplace Gives Back funds than Alex’s Lemonade Stand. ABA is proud to help them continue the fight against childhood cancer.”
Past recipients of MARKETPLACE GIVES BACK include the Yellow Ribbon Fund (Capital Region 2010), Carolina Breast Friends (Charlotte 2009), the American Cancer Society (Virginia Beach 2008) and the Joey Wilkins Foundation (Grapevine 2007).
Source: AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION