Alexandra “Alex” Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer, shortly before her first birthday. At four, little Alex exemplified the adage “if life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” With the help of her older brother, Patrick, Alex set up a front yard lemonade stand in order to raise money for all types of childhood cancer – not just her own.
She raised $2,000 from that first fundraiser, and continued to run a lemonade stand every year until her death four years later. By that time, “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” had already raised $1 million toward finding a cure for the types of cancer that make infants and children its primary target.
Alex’s parents started Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) in 2005 to continue their daughter’s work. ALSF funds more than 250 leading-edge medical research projects, they raise awareness of childhood cancers and causes, they’ve created a travel program to help support the families of children receiving cancer treatment , and ALSF provides resources to assist people everywhere who are affected by childhood cancers of all kinds. Since Alex opened her lemonade stand in 2000, she and the foundation that came after, have raised more than $55 million.
LA loves Alex’s Lemonade Stand, as well as a host of celebrity chefs, who are bringing L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade back for its third, star-studded year. Chef Suzanne Goin and her partner Caroline Styne (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern), and Chef David Lentz (The Hungry Cat) have hosted the event from the beginning. They’re joined by Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, E! News Correspondent David Burtka, who will return as Honorary Co-Hosts. Jimmy Kimmel, who is a member of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s National Advisory Board, will come back as Master of Ceremonies.
Returning Chefs Giada De Laurentiis, Paul Kahan, April Bloomfield, Chris Bianco, Marc Vetri, Jonathan Waxman, will be joined by new participating chefs Matt Accarino, Katrina Markoff, Nancy Oakes, Michael Schwartz, Mary Sue Milliken and Rocco Whalen. To toast the small victories, guests get to experience the cocktail creations of major mixologists, including Eric Alperin (The Varnish), Neal Bodenheimer (Cure), Tim Staehling (The Hungry Cat), Greg Lindgren (Rye on the Road), Chris Ojeda (Soho House), Steve Widly (Vetri) and Christiaan Rolich (Lucques).
Also attending the food festivities will be cast members of CBS’ Criminal Minds including Jeanne Tripplehorn, Thomas Gibson & Kirsten Vangsness; Allison William of HBO’s Girls; Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott & Jim O’Heir of NBC’s Parks & Recreation; Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Ambassador actress Bailee Madison; actor Timothy Olyphant and many more. Providing live music for the afternoon event will be singer-songwriter Michelle Branch.
The event will take place at Culver Studios (9336 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232) on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 12-4PM. General Admission tickets are $175, and they’re offering a $1,200 premier ticket level including early admission, reserved seating and an exclusive Meet-And-Greet dinner the night before the event prepared by Nancy Silverton and special friends, where guests can meet the participating chefs. Added for this year, special seating at reserved tables of 10 will be sold for $5,000 each, which includes entry and personal table service.
9336 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Saturday, September 29, 2012