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A lemonade stand worth the stop

Lemonade stand girls from left to right: Izzy Kliner, Alexa Benda, Zoey Benda and Clara Geuzaine.

By Elise Brassell; photos courtesy of Kali Benda

It is said that when kids host a street-corner lemonade stand, it teaches them valuable lessons like economics, supply and demand, sales and customer service. Profit and loss. Sweating on the corner on a hot summer day and resisting the temptation to drink away your profits…

What do most kids do with the money they make from selling lemonade? Many times, it gets spent on something that is fun in the moment, but has no lasting value. Four Castle Pines girls recently challenged the lemonade stand status quo when they decided to do something extraordinary with the profit from their drink sales — they donated the money to charity.

Clara Geuzaine (12), Zoey Benda (12), Alexa Benda (10) and Izzy Kliner (10) – pictured above with a Buddy Center staffer (center) are friends and neighbors in the Buffalo Ridge Estates neighborhood, as well as classmates at Rocky Heights Middle School.

The girls stated that the idea to raise and donate money from a lemonade stand came from brainstorming fun things to do for the day. Because they all love animals, the girls decided to fundraise for the Buddy Center (see page 21), and got to work creating and hanging up posters throughout the Buffalo Ridge Estates neighborhood.

The girls raised $439 for the Buddy Center and plan to host another lemonade stand in the future, this time to raise money for Hepatoblastoma research. Hepatoblastoma is a pediatric cancer that impacted Zoey and Alexa’s three-year-old cousin named Addy Stiverson, who passed away in 2016 from this rare cancer. All proceeds from the next lemonade stand will go toward finding a cure. Way to go, girls!



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