Applebee's announced a record $735,000 in funds raised in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation during 2013 and more than $4 million raised since 2005.
This year, more than 700 restaurants nationwide, including 22 Applebee’s on Long Island, Bellmore among them, contributed to the effort to help cure pediatric cancer. Applebee’s franchisees have supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for the past nine years.
On Long Island and in New Jersey, Doherty Enterprises, franchisees of the local Applebee’s restaurants, in their own great effort, squeezed out nearly $63,000 to help support ALSF. A portion of the sale of each lemonade sold during the four week initiative along with generous purchases of “paper lemons” by restaurant guests added up to a substantial contribution to the fight against childhood cancer.
“We have a longstanding tradition of giving back to the neighborhoods and communities in which we operate,” said Kurt Pahlitzsch, Director of Operations for the Long Island Applebee’s. “Partnerships, like this one with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, allow us make a difference in the lives of so many children and families.”
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation focuses on encouraging and empowering others, especially children, to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer research for treatments and cures. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) has grown from the front yard of 4-year-old cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott in 2000 to become one of the nation’s leading philanthropic organizations fighting childhood cancer.