Houston Lemonade Day Weekend by Gaye Jackson, City Director
This year, Lemonade Day Houston celebrated its 12th year mentoring young entrepreneurs who served lemonade and lemony sweets, raised money and shared some of their profits with great causes. Houston is the flagship Lemonade Day city and for the first time, held the event across two days on May 4 and 5, 2019.
More than 9,000 participants across the Houston metropolitan area worked hard, set a goal, worked their plan and achieved success. Some of the Lemonade Day VIPs (investors, supporters, staff and friends) hopped Mr. McKinney’s History bus on Saturday to visit lemonade stands. On Sunday, the VIPs rode an old fashioned yellow school bus. Both days they traveled across the city visiting young entrepreneurs selling at locations including the Houston’s East End Farmers Market, Discovery Green, the 5th Ward, River Oaks, Rice Village, Houston Parks and Rec, Boys & Girls Clubs and 19th Street in The Historic Heights district.
Five Kendra Scott locations hosted and supported young female entrepreneurs while also providing 10% of proceeds from lemonade stand sales.
Hundreds of Business results are coming in and still more will be arriving.
Check out this video of the entrepreneurs from Xotic Squeeze and others selling their lemonade on the East End.
Thanks to all our major sponsors – Amegy Bank, Cadence Bank, Frost Bank, H-E-B, Holthouse Foundation for Kids, Houston Community Foundation, Peterson Family Foundation, IBC Bank, Lester & Sue Smith, Telemundo and Third Coast Bank - for all their help in making the 2019 Lemonade Day a huge success! Our young business dreamers were red hot selling all that cool lemonade!
We have also chosen the winners of the 10 bikes to be given away on June 1 at the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball game. Tickets are available online or at the gate for a discounted price of $12.00 with $4 of each ticket going to Lemonade Day-Houston using the discount code Lemonade. Come out and celebrate with Houston kids, enjoy the game and fireworks in honor of the sparks of entrepreneurship Lemonade Day participants spread across the Houston metropolitan area.
Lemonade Day Galveston County by Gina Spagnola, City Director
On May 4, more than 1,100 young entrepreneurs participated in Lemonade Day Galveston County! Things really got “real” at Build-a-Stand, along with the Spark a Dream event, and Best Tasting Contest event. Entrepreneurs got to work hand-in-hand with adults to create their stands. Check out these great photos. Thank you so much to the Bassett family and the employees at Village Hardware for hosting and sponsoring this special event.
Fan Favorite Contest
The Fan Favorite Contest is social media contest for family, friends and the public to vote for their favorite contestant. We awarded prizes for first, second, and third place as well as an honorable mention. This year, MERMAZING Lemonade won with 461 votes.
Business of the Year
The young entrepreneur who earns the most revenue earns the title of the Business of the Year. Participants must attend Spirit Day and turn in their business results to receive their golden ticket into the waterpark. This year’s winner, Smarty Pints, received a trophy, certificate, $150 cash and a season pass to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston Island.
Up-and-Coming Young Entrepreneur
Abigail Popovich, owner of Mini Moody’s Lemonade, participated in Lemonade Day Galveston County for the first time. Abby, 6 years old, had a very successful first year and took home 3rd place in Fan Favorite, Most Creative Stand and Business of the Year. Next year, Abby has her eye on the BIG trophy and has already started brainstorming ideas for LD2020. Congratulations, Abby!
We love our friends in blue! Big shout out to Galveston Police Department and Galveston Municipal Police Association for supporting young entrepreneurs! They made it their mission to visit local stands and support the young people in our community.
We also want to thank Schlitterbahn Galveston for its continued support of young entrepreneurs and Lemonade Day Galveston County. We appreciate you so much!
💛A big THANK YOU to all the young entrepreneurs, the moms, dads, mentors, teachers, sponsors, volunteers and everyone who visited and supported lemonade day stands! We couldn't have done it without YOU. Thanks for making Lemonade Day 2019 throughout Houston and Galveston County a big success.
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For more information about Lemonade Day, please visit lemonadeday.org.