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.