LemonAid was created in 2002 in memory of the September 11 attacks. Our mission is to transform lemonADE into LemonAID by raising awareness and fundraising for local charities serving children. This year, LemonAid will benefit Friends Of The Children and Infant Welfare Society / Children’s Clinic.
Neighbors at 700 Bonnie Brae in River Forest felt called to remember this day by doing something positive in the community. We ran a lemonade stand, the proceeds of which were donated to a local charity for the benefit of children. Over eighty Bonnie Brae residents, most of them children, are somehow involved in the organization and success of the LemonAid event, which has become a community-wide extravaganza. the community !
This first year, LemonAid raised $ 400 for the Hephzibah Children’s Association. In 2016, we added a few zeros, raising over $ 40,000 for PING and the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. In 2020, during a pandemic, we shot up to almost $ 77,000 thanks to a matching donation from local philanthropists Ken and Patty Hunt. To date, we are proud and grateful that LemonAid has raised and donated a total of over $ 400,000 to 23 local charities that serve children in need.
LemonAid has become a remarkable local tradition – an opportunity to remember a tragedy with a positive event. Bonnie Brae’s families have grown in reaching out to the community, which comes forward with tremendous support each year. In 2011, the Village of River Forest recognized the efforts at 700 Bonnie Brae by designating the street LemonAid Place.
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