Lemonade Alley announced Monday it raised over $15,000 in funds for local Hawaii charities at its annual lemonade stand competition, which took place on Saturday, April 12 at Pearlridge Center.
The event featured over 20 teams of keiki entrepreneurs, or "#Kidpreneurs," who over a month-long period learned important business, financial literacy, and social good skills, applied through the art of the lemonade stand.
"We are absolutely blown away and inspired by the incredible talent, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit our teams, volunteers and sponsors brought to the stage this year at Lemonade Alley," said Steve Sue, Chief Lemon Head of Lemonade Alley. "The amazing accomplishments of Lemonade Alley 2014 truly embody our slogan – Profit to Share – which seeks to encourage sustainable entrepreneurship among kids big and small through giving back to the community and making our world a better place."
Funds from Lemonade Alley will benefit local charities selected by participating teams, including the Hawaiian Humane Society, Lanakila Meals on Wheels, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and more. This year's Lemonade Alley teams featured kids grades K-12, from Haleiwa to Honolulu. Winning teams in each grade division were awarded with $1,000 in cash, with additional prizes and awards also awarded to selected teams.
Lemonade Alley is a BizGym Foundation program, now in its fourth year of making business fun through empowering kidpreneurs with essential life skills that can be applied for the good of all. Over a month-long time period, participating Lemonade Alley teams concoct a lemonade recipe, design and build a stand where they sell their lemonade, pitch their business on-stage, and select a charity of choice to which profits will be donated, culminating in the head-to-head competition where teams sell lemonade and raise money for their chosen charities.
Since 2011, Lemonade Alley over 500 of Hawaii's keiki have participated in the annual event. Lemonade Alley is supported entirely by a team of hardworking volunteers and generous sponsors, including the BizGym Foundation, Pearlridge Center, American Savings Bank, Zenworx, 1013 Integrated and more.
2014 Lemonade Alley Competition Results
K-4 Grand Prize: Team Sweet ‘N’ Sour
K-4 1st Runner Up: Team Carribean Lemonade
K-4 2nd Runner Up: Team Lemonicious
5-8 Grand Prize: Team Celestial Citruses
5-8 1st Runner Up: Team Lemonade for Love
5-8 2nd Runner Up: Team Lemonade Sisters
9-12 Grand Prize: Team Local-Licious
9-12 1st Runner Up: Team Lemony Good Vibes
9-12 2nd Runner Up: Team Next Step Lemonade
House of Pure Aloha Award (recipe to be featured at Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha): Team Lemonheads
Best Frozen Recipe (recipe to be featured at Aloha Pops): Team Next Step Lemonade
For Kids By Kids Recipe Award (recipe to be featured at SHOR Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa): Team Ice Sweet As a Lemon
Most Theatrical: Team Lemonade Sisters
Best Choreography: Team Lemonicious