May 3, 2013 10:54 AM by MELISSA CANONE
LOUISIANA -More than 13,000 youth across Louisiana have registered to participate in the state's third annual Lemonade Day on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Governor Bobby Jindal has proclaimed Saturday, May 4, 2013, as National Lemonade Day in the state of Louisiana.
On Lemonade Day, everyone has an important job to do by either buying or selling lemonade. The entire community is encouraged to purchase lemonade from the many stands that will be set-up throughout the state. For a full list of stand locations, please view the Louisiana Google Map on the homepage of the website, www.louisiana.lemonadeday.org.
In addition, Lemonade Day City Champion Charles Rice, Lemonade Day Louisiana Founders John Georges and Todd Graves, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the New Orleans City Council, Jefferson Parish President John Young, Monroe Mayor James E. Mayo and a number of elected officials as well as community and business leaders have issued resolutions, proclamations, and certificates regarding this year's Lemonade Day Louisiana.
In addition to Rice serving as this year's City Champion for Lemonade Day, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc, Miss Louisiana USA 2013 Kristen Girault, and Miss Teen Louisiana USA Bailey Hidalgo serve as celebrity spokespersons for this year's program.
Georges Enterprises, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, Entergy New Orleans, Ochsner Health System, the Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge, Evamor, Rotolo's Pizzeria and Reinhart Food Service are among this year's leading sponsors for Lemonade Day Louisiana.
Lemonade Day is a free, community wide program that fosters entrepreneurship and character development among Louisiana's youth by supporting them in establishing and operating their own lemonade businesses. Young entrepreneurs are provided with a free backpack which contains detailed support materials, such as an Entrepreneur Workbook, Marketing Tips, and Caring Adult Guide, to help them establish their lemonade stand. These "lemonaders" are advised to spend a little, save a little and share a little, donating a portion of their proceeds to a local charity of their choice. After covering their expenses and paying back their investors, children are encouraged to open a youth savings account. Registration is free and participants received free backpacks from their local Raising Cane's Restaurant.
Lemonade Day Louisiana was founded in 2010, by entrepreneurs John Georges and Todd Graves and has grown tremendously over the last few years. Over 10,000 youth across south Louisiana from New Orleans to Lafayette participated in last year's program. Thousands of lemonade stands were set-up throughout the area. These young entrepreneurs donated thousands of dollars to charity. Louisiana is one of over 40 regions in the U.S. and Canada to participate in Lemonade Day.
More than 25 corporate sponsors have teamed up to once again bring Lemonade Day to Louisiana on Saturday, May 4 including: Rouses, Chevron, Cajun Industries, Galatoire's Foundation, Bollinger Shipyards, Liberty Bank, Century Link, Louisiana Society of CPAs, Iberia Bank, Source Capital, LLC, Lexus of New Orleans, Stewart Enterprises, LLC, Synergy Bank, United Healthcare, MAPP Construction, The Milford Wampold Support Foundation, and Whitney Bank as well as over 70 partners including the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, BREC, the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), Bourgeois Bennett CPA's & Consultants, Baton Rouge YMCA, Stars Girls Club Program, Ladies of Class & Culture (LOCC), Each One Save One, Big Buddy Program, Demo Diva Demolition, West St. Tammany YMCA, East Jefferson YMCA, Freshy Foods, Junior League of Greater New Orleans, Junior League of Baton Rouge, New Orleans Outreach, Terrebonne Economic Development Foundation, Forum 35, City of DeRidder, Boy Scouts of America - Istrouma Area Council, Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana -Westbank Club, Fleur de Lis Vacations, LLC, Girl Scouts of America - Troop 30164, Junior Achievement of Baton Rouge, Kids Wanna Help, Louisiana Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurial Institute, Mall of Louisiana, New Beginnings School Foundation -Capital One, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Teach for America, Louisiana Technology Park, Hermann-Grima House, Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children, Directed Initiatives for Youth/Excite All Stars, Freret Neighborhood Center, Youth Empowerment Project, Whole Foods Market, Louisiana SPCA, Urban League of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Appleseed, NFL YET New Orleans Boys and Girls Club, CP3 Afterschool Zone/Partnership for Youth Development, STAIR, New Orleans Youth, Ur Way Yogurt and Coffee Bar, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Audubon Nature Institute, the Louisiana Children's Museum, Cox Media, WWL-TV Channel 4, ClearChannel Radio, Fox 8, ABC 26, Entercom Radio, The New Orleans Tribune, The Baton Rouge Business Report, 225 Magazine, WBRZ, Macaroni Kids, Baton Rouge Parents Magazine, The Advocate, New Orleans Living Magazine, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Lamar Advertising, WBOK Am 1230, Renaissance Publishing, Data News Weekly, Cenla Broadcasting, Townsquare Media, WYES, KATC, Sudden Link Media, Sylvain Solutions, The Radio People, KNOE/KAQY/NNOE, Nola Baby & Family Magazine, Spears Consulting Group, and Diane Allen & Associates.
For a complete list of sponsors and partners, to sign up or learn about ways to get involved in Lemonade Day, please visit www.louisiana.lemonadeday.org.