Nicoli Saunders was doing something Tuesday he might not have imagined his summer internship at a major financial organization would do; he was selling lemonade.
Saunders along with five Lincoln Financial Group's summer interns had set up shop outside the company's cafeteria. They were selling drinks in an effort to fight childhood cancer for Alex's Lemonade Stand. In a three-hour exercise, the interns first learned about the organization by watching a video on the founder and then built a lemonade stand, which they operated noon-2 p.m.
A total of 51 interns will participate, with stands being hosted in the company's Radnor, Pa., headquarters, as well as key city office locations of Philadelphia; Greensboro, NC; Omaha, Neb.; Concord, NH; and Charlotte, NC.
According to a news release, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation started as a front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.
To date, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $60 million toward fulfilling Alex's dream of finding a cure, funding more than 300 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.