Chef Suzanne Goin, partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, AOC, Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat) brought culinary greats together in Los Angeles to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation on Sunday at Culver Studios in Culver City.
The first annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade event was inspired by The Great Chefs Event – Philadelphia. The lawn at the mansion of Culver Studios (9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA) provided the perfect backdrop for this decadent chefs’ cook-out. The Chefs created their signature dishes, providing a chance for attendees to witness their culinary talents firsthand. In addition to award winning food and great drinks, the event featured an exciting live auction.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a special charity that aims to find a cure for children with cancer. The organization was founded by Alex Scott, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer just before her first birthday. When Alex was four, she told her parents she wanted to set up a front-yard lemonade stand. Her plan: to give the money to doctors to help them find a cure. Her first “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” raised an astonishing $2,000 in one day. While bravely fighting her own cancer, Alex continued to set up lemonade stands every year. As news spread of the remarkable girl so dedicated to helping other sick children, people everywhere were inspired to start their own lemonade stands—donating the proceeds to her cause.
In 2004 when Alex passed away at the age of eight—her stand and inspiration had raised over $1 million towards finding a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Our mission is simple: to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer causes—especially research into new treatments and cures—and to encourage and educate others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000—truly exemplifying the saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”—we have raised more than $35 million, with more than $12 million of those dollars coming from lemonade stands. That money has helped to:
- Fund more than 150 cutting-edge research projects
- Create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment
* Develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer
To read a first-hand account of the LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade event, click here.