I realize that some of you that read the blog may not be aware of what transpired over the last couple of weeks so I wanted to do a blog post explaining!
Over Labor Day weekend, our family friends – the Zerbes – decided to have a lemonade stand and invited us to join. We were so excited to do something outside other than take the kids to the pool – so we made our “lemonade for $1” sign and headed over.
The kids passed out Amanda’s freshly squeezed lemonade for about 45 minutes and made $148! It was incredible!
The Zerbes had the idea to donate it to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital because they know how special of a place it has been for Bea. We were so excited. (If you are unfamiliar with Bea’s liver transplant story – click HERE to learn more).
Then, on Friday, September 27th Amanda and I met some ladies from the development department at CCHMC down at the hospital with all 6 kids. They had made the kids a giant check highlighting their $148 donation and made a huge deal about it which was so sweet and fun.
Amanda and I took the picture and posted it to Instagram later that morning and asked if anyone wanted to match their $148 lemonade stand donation. If they did, they could Venmo @hillary-weidner.
And from there – it caught fire.
Donations started rolling in…$148, $14.80, $1,48, etc.
My Venmo account was flooded with sweet messages about the kids and people donating money to their lemonade stand.
We then set a goal of $7,700 in honor of Bea’s 5 year LIVERversary coming up in July and before we knew it -that goal was hit.
Donations continued rolling in and we caught the attention of Andy Cohen & Anderson Cooper. Andy announced on his SiriusXM show that he was donating $5,000 to our lemonade stand.
As the amount of money crept up – we decided that instead of this being a lemonade stand…that is truly was a lemonAID stand for livers. All of this money was going to go to developing organoids at Cincinnati Childrens. Video is below and is a cause near and dear to our hearts.
Everything continued to catch like wildfire – Channel 9 news came over and did a video on the kids, the store of how this lemonAID stand grew from $148 to $50,000 was featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS Morning news. We were invited to spread the word on B105, Q102, 94.9 and WARM98.
The number on donations kept rolling in…
We had local businesses contribute and national businesses contribute.
Then, we got a call from Country Time Lemonade who wanted to be a part of the lemonAID movement. They donated $7,700 in honor of Bea’s 5 year LIVERversary.
The number of donations grew to $125,000…
We kept posting about this on social media, mainly through our Instagram stories and people continually helped us spread the word by tagging bloggers, celebrities, local and national businesses, etc.
We had Vineyard Vines on board, Boogie Wipes on board, Liz Adams (my favorite blogger) on board, and so so many more!
And within one week of posting that photos of the kids donating $148 to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – they raised over $175,000.
We are so proud and honored to say that while writing this post we have hit over $187,000 in donations for the organoid program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
There are so many people to thank and businesses that were a part of this fundraising campaign – we truly couldn’t have grown so large without the participation of so many.
There will be a few other posts that I plan to do to follow up from this (a thank you to our big donors, why this lemonAID stand went viral, etc) but if you want more information – check out the below.
Also, if you are reading this for the first time – feel free to match the kids $148 lemonAID stand donation by venmoing @hillary-weidner. Or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org to send a check.
Wouldn’t it be cool if we got to $200,000.00?!?!
Organoid Video HERE
WCPO video HERE
Good Morning American video HERE
Cincinnati.com article HERE