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Several young entrepreneurs donate Lemonade Day profits to St. Joseph Hospital’s Cancer Program

06/18/2013

Eureka (June 12, 2013) – Following another successful Lemonade Day on the North Coast, local entrepreneurs Hunter Messinger, and Simon and Jackson Zagone have donated a portion of the proceeds from their lemonade stand to the Cancer Prgram at St. Joseph Hospital.

Lemonade Day launched in Houston, Texas in 2007 and has since grown to 36 cities across the United States involving 150,000 kids. The classic lemonade stand is used as a business example. Youth follow a strategic 14-step process that teaches them how to turn their dream into a business plan. The young entrepreneurs are asked to spend some of the money they collect, save some and share some.

In Humboldt County, Lemonade Day was held on Saturday, June 1. There were more than 80 stands with nearly 5,000 cups of lemonade being sold. Hunter, Simon and Jackson had their lemonade stand inside the old General Hospital in Eureka. The money they collected from selling their lemonade, muffins and cookies was recently donated to St. Joseph Hospital’s Cancer Program. “It was easy and fun to have our lemonade stand,” said Hunter Messinger. “I feel pretty awesome donating our proceeds to help save people’s lives,” said Jackson Zagone. Participants are encouraged to do four things: pay their investor (often a parent) for their start up costs; save a little, spend a little and give a little back. It is anticipated that this year, more than $2,000 will benefit numerous local organizations by those who “give a little back.”

“No matter your age or your ability, the generous donation by Simon, Jackson and Hunter shows that anyone can help make a difference in our community,” said Paul McGinty, executive director of St. Joseph Hospital’s Foundation. “The money they donated will benefit our Cancer Program, which in turn benefits our whole community,” he added.

St. Joseph Hospital’s Cancer Program has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as offering the very best in cancer care and treatment. St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospital hospitals and St. Joseph Home Care, together with community partners, form a comprehensive team offering care, support and information for cancer patients and their families. For more information, visit www.stjosepheureka.org.

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