GLENDALE, Calif.– Starting today, Applebee’s restaurants across the country have transformed into “lemonade stands,” in celebration of Applebee’s annual fundraising campaign with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding pediatric cancer research and family support programs. Now through August 21, Applebee’s invites guests to join in the fight to end pediatric cancer.
Since 2005, Applebee’s restaurants across the country have collectively raised more than $13.2 million for ALSF and its mission and look to make a bigger impact this year with the help of the Neighborhood.
Guests can support the cause in a variety of ways, including purchasing a digital lemon in increments of $1 and $5 on Applebees.com or the Applebee’s mobile app,* making an online donation when purchasing a gift card on Applebees.com, or by celebrating National Lemonade Day with Applebee’s!
On National Lemonade Day, August 20, guests can purchase a lemonade or fruit flavored lemonade at a neighborhood Applebee’s, and 25 cents from each lemonade will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Contact your local restaurant to learn more.
“We’re honored to continue our long-standing partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said John Cywinski, Applebee’s President. “Over the past 18 years, together with our restaurant partners and guests, we’ve raised more than $13 million – but we know the fight continues, and we hope to raise even more in 2022.”
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was established in 2005 to continue the mission of four-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott. While fighting her own battle against cancer, Alex set up a lemonade stand in her front yard to raise money for “doctors to find a cure” for all pediatric cancers. One in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they turn 201 and yet pediatric cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.
“After 18 years, Applebee’s continues to be a loyal partner who has shown tremendous support of our core mission,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. “After all these years, the fight continues, and we’re excited to give Applebee’s restaurants and customers even more opportunities to help kids fighting cancer. We are so grateful to be a part of a community that comes together in support of these families.”
For more than 40 years, Applebee’s restaurants remain committed to Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood®. Local restaurants make a positive impact on the communities around them throughout the year by hosting hundreds of events or fundraisers in their restaurants, whether to help local heroes and military, support children and schools, raise funds for local charities that help neighbors, or even to help their own team members who may be in need. In addition to these local efforts, for the past 14 years, Applebee’s and its franchisees have thanked veterans and active military on Veterans Day by serving nearly 11 million free meals. Together, Applebee’s donates millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood each year.
*Participation and activities may vary by restaurant location.