In 2000, four-year old cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004) announced she wanted to hold a front yard lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all kids with cancer. Since she held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement with thousands of volunteers. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a registered 501 (c) 3 charity, has raised over $140 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 690 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.
And on September 9, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade co-founders Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne (Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern), and David Lentz (The Hungry Cat) will be joined by powerhouse players in the foodie world for the 8th Annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade Culinary Cookout.
The Who’s Who event returns to UCLA’s Royce Quad from 12 – 4 pm, featuring the nation’s top chefs, vintners, and mixologists. The afternoon will be highlighted by phenomenal fare, cocktails for a cause, children’s activities, a silent and live auction, and much more. Returning chefs Chris Bianco, Giada De Laurentiis, Donald Link, Mary Sue Milliken, April Bloomfield, Nancy Silverton, Nancy Oakes, Zach Pollack, Michael Voltaggio, Jonathan Waxman and Marc Vetri will be joined by additional foodie superstars and mixologists. Presenting Sponsors for the cookout are Northwestern Mutual and Volvo Cars of North America.
Pricing for General Admission tickets is $195, and L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade offers a $1,200 premier ticket level that includes early access to the event, a behind the scenes tour of the venue and VIP seating as well as an exclusive invite to the private and intimate Welcome Dinner the evening before, on Friday, September 8. In the spirit of the culinary cookout, children under the age of 12 are free with accompanying adult, and do not need to register for the event.
For complete listings of participants and to purchase tickets for this year’s event visit the ALSF website. All proceeds will benefit the Foundation.
More than 2,000 people, including more than 100 chefs, mixologists and vintners, attended the 2016 event, which raised over $1 million. Over the past seven years, sponsorship, ticket and auction sales have raised over $4.2 million. Those in attendance heard an inspiring speech by Jay & Liz Scott, Alex’s parents, and co-executive directors of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and hero family and SuperSibs Dario and Emilio, who lost their brother to cancer and highlighting the importance of how one individual can make a difference.
“What we’ve accomplished in seven years is so gratifying. It’s a tremendous amount of work to produce, but the rewards of knowing that the money we’ve raised truly helps research for better treatments and cures makes it worthwhile,” said Caroline Styne. “There are so many people that come together to make this happen; they work tirelessly to come up with ideas to make this year’s celebration better than the one before. And we do this because Alex Scott’s legacy inspires us to rise to the challenge.”
“The L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade event continues to be one of the most inspiring, and not to mention delicious, events of the year benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director of the Foundation. “We have been continually amazed by the dedication of Suzanne, Caroline and David to help achieve our daughter’s mission – a cure for all kids with cancer, as well as the outpouring of support from their friends who travel from all corners of the country to participate in this important fundraising event.”
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About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
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 volunteers 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 $140 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 690 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.
Partial List of Participating Chefs
Nick Anderer (New York, NY) – Maialino
(Los Angeles, CA) – Lucques, a.o.c., Tavern
Fishing with Dynamite
***All chefs and vintners have graciously donated their time, food and talent to the cause for this event***