The annual LemonAid fundraiser, a River Forest staple stirring up money for local charities, is looking to sweeten the event this year.
The fundraiser, now more than a decade old, has long been a celebration of food, live entertainment, and of course lemonade. Year-over-year, it’s drawn larger crowds in support of a chosen community organization.
Past recipients have included the Children’s Clinic in Oak Park, the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, and, most recently, Oak Leyden Developmental Services, for whom the event raised $32,000.
This year, the event’s organizers have decided to “share the wealth,” designating two donation recipients: the Parenthesis Family Center (a parent-child counseling organization) and Maywood Fine Arts.
“Parenthesis Family Center is thrilled to be chosen as a LemonAid recipient,” said Kathy Kerns, executive director of the center. “LemonAid funds will help us prosper by outfitting two classrooms for kids.”
Donations to Maywood Fine Arts will provide funding for free ballet, choir and tap dancing classes, in addition to supporting free outreach programs and student scholarships.
LemonAid began in 2001, as a charitable gesture honoring the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The event has raised a combined $100,000 in donations since then.
The fundraiser’s main attraction is the Bonnie Brae LemonAid stand, staffed by kids from the neighborhood. Last year’s event included an appearance by Governor Pat Quinn.
This year’s LemonAid fundraiser will be held on Sept. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 731 Bonnie Brae in River Forest.