ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND | ANNUAL LEMON BALL
D’Agostino Fashion Textile Design was honored to design a custom gown for Liz Scott, mother of Alex Scott founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Liz Scott debuted her custom design gown on Saturday January 11th, 2014 for the 8th Annual Lemon Ball 2014 Fundraiser.
Melissa D’Agostino donated a Custom Design Gown Experience to be paired with 2 tickets to the Lemon Ball as an exclusive fundraising auction item raffled off during the Great Chef’s Auction Event held on June 11th, 2013 at the Navy Yard hosted by the Vetri Foundation and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Such a special annual fundraising event welcomed upwards of 1,200 guests, served unparallelled dining by top-flight chefs from around the US and beyond, raffled over 130 unique items and collectively raised over 1.1 million dollars for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation for Children!
Following the Great Chef’s Auction Event summer fundraiser, Artist and Designer Melissa D’Agostino was speechless to learn that a very special exchange had happened with the raffle prize D’Agostino Custom Design Gown Experience donation. John Kordsmeier, president of Northwestern Mutual Foundation personally bid and raffled for the winning prize of the Custom Design Gown Experience and Lemon Ball tickets. After a generous donation to win the raffle prize, the Kordsmeier family then graciously gifted the Custom Design Gown experience to Liz Scott, celebrating her spirit of generosity!
Melissa has been inspired to work within such a flow of generosity , openness, and celebration welcoming Liz Scott into the D’Agostino Fashion Textile Design home-studio. Melissa feels the unique experience celebrating Liz has been a humbling creative journey full of pure pleasure custom designing for such a remarkable woman as Liz!
Read more on Liz Scott and Alex’s Lemonade Stand in “The Spirit of Generosity” section of Philadelphia Style
An excerpt of words from Liz Scott featured in “A Special Legacy: Alex’s Lemonade Stand”
“I actually don’t think the foundation would be where it is today if it weren’t for the embrace of the Philadelphia community. I’m honestly not sure that Alex would’ve had the same success with her front-yard lemonade stands had we lived somewhere else in the country. Here in Wynnewood and throughout Philadelphia, her mission was embraced, and that helped her dream to thrive. And the support of the community here in our hometown continues to this day.
I think the foundation resonates so strongly with people because we have a simple message: Everyone is capable of making a difference. Alex knew that no matter your age or situation, if you put your mind to something and set a goal, you can achieve it. We thought Alex’s idea to host a lemonade stand to help her doctors was “cute,” but little did we know that she would raise more than $1 million in her lifetime and lay the groundwork for what has become a leading childhood cancer charity. She knew that when we work together, anything is possible.”
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Lemon Ball! The 2014 gala will be held on Saturday, January 11 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Join co-chairs Susie and John McCaughey and Liz and Jay Scott (Alex’s parents), along with supporters of the Foundation; for a night of amazing auctions, stories shared by childhood cancer heroes, memories of Alex and her inspirational legacy, honoree presentations, fabulous food and dancing. Shortly after Alex raised $1 million at just 8 years old she lost her battle with cancer. Therefore, at this, the 8th annual Lemon Ball, we have a goal to also raise $1 million. Please join us in honoring Alex’s tenacity and incredible spirit by supporting the gala as we strive to match her accomplishment.
A Note to a special supporter : “Thank you Frank Jones for encouraging me to express my creative contribution!” -Melissa