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Emerald Downs and Alex’s Lemonade Stand join in quest to increase Pediatric Cancer Research

June 10, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Emerald Downs will join in the pursuit to further pediatric cancer research “One cup at a time” on Saturday, June 11, Belmont Stakes Day, by hosting it's own Alex's Lemonade Stand.

Preakness Stakes' winner Afleet Alex, through his Triple Crown campaign, has brought additional notoriety to this venture by donating a portion of his earnings to support this campaign. Both Churchill Downs and Pimlico Racecourse set up stands and garnered great success during the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes respectively. Even prior to Afleet Alex's role, Alex's Lemonade Stand received nationwide coverage from national news spots, to the Today Show as well as the Oprah Show.

Each and every dollar donated for a cup of lemonade at Emerald Downs will go directly to Alex's Lemonade Stand in order to facilitate further cancer research for children. Emerald Downs will donate all cups, labor and lemonade.

"We see this as an ideal opportunity to be a part of something very special," said Susie Sourwine, Vice President of Marketing at Emerald Downs. "We are thrilled to help and do our part and are confident it will be very successful."

Alexandra "Alex" Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma two days before her first birthday. For over seven years she fought her illness before finally succumbing at the age of eight on Aug. 1, 2004. In order to raise money to fight her illness, Scott created a lemonade stand at the age of four with all the money she made going to "her hospital." She set up her stand each summer until she died.

Word of Scott's efforts spread quickly. Her goal was to hit the $1 million mark by the end of 2004. With the help of thousands who volunteered to host lemonade stands across the country, over $1.5 million was raised. Before Alex passed away she was thinking of her second national fund raising goal. Although her target for 2005 was an ambitious "gazillion dollars," she withdrew that notion and 'settled' for $5 million this year.

On June 11 Emerald Downs will join Belmont Park and numerous racetracks across North America in a joint effort to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand, open for business beginning at noon. Guest “pourers” will be on hand from leading Emerald trainers and jockeys plus various TV and radio personalities as well.

The stand will close up for the day near the last race of the afternoon. No set prices per cup will be set, however donations are anticipated.