Chamber event May 1 follows nationwide Lemonade Day on April 10

Photo courtesy of Raising Cane’s

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the Louisiana-based restaurant company known for its quality chicken finger meals, is launching a national partnership with Lemonade Day, a non-profit organization that teaches youth how to start, own, and operate their very own business – a lemonade stand.

Raising Cane’s founder & CEO Todd Graves helped bring Lemonade Day to Louisiana in 2011. Since then, Raising Cane’s restaurants across the state have been actively involved in supporting and promoting the organization.

This year, nearly all of Raising Cane’s U.S. locations – more than 370 restaurants in 23 states – will be stirring up success by participating in a nation-wide fundraiser for Lemonade Day.

Tuesday, April 10, Raising Cane’s restaurants will donate $1 to the organization for every lemonade purchased from open to close on the fundraising day.

“We are extremely proud to partner with Lemonade Day and to expand our support nation-wide,” said Graves. “My first taste of business came at a very young age when I operated a lemonade stand in my front yard and that spark ignited a young entrepreneur in me. Creating the opportunity for other kids to be inspired by business is exactly why I’m passionate about Lemonade Day.”

Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that has spread to over 57 cities in 23 states and three countries and has served over one million children across North America in the past decade. In addition to taking part in the fundraiser on April 10, Raising Cane’s customers can register a child to participate in Lemonade Day and give them a taste of the sweet success that comes with owning your own business.

This year, the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Foundation is introducing a called “Lemonade Day” program to assist in getting area youth interested in owning their own businesses.

Beaumont kids will get to join in on the fun. Lemonade Day is a free community-wide program that introduces youth, ranging from third to fifth grades, entrepreneurship by teaching them how to start, own and operate their lemonade stand. After youth have completed the Lemonade Day curriculum, they are prepared for the real-world experience of owning their own lemonade business. Youth are encouraged to spend some, save some, and share some of their profit by giving back to the community that has supported them. On Lemonade Day, everyone has an important role to play in supporting our youth. Whether you’re mentoring a youth, hosting a stand or purchasing lemonade, the entire community can be involved in supporting our young entrepreneurs.

While this may be the first time you learn about Lemonade Day, it will not be the last. The Beaumont Chamber Foundation is working to coordinate our local Lemonade Day. May 1 will be the Chamber’s Lemonade Day Kickoff with a mayoral proclamation. Throughout the rest of the month of May, you can expect to see Lemonade Day everywhere! We will be heading to schools and after-school clubs to get kids involved and ready for the big day which will take place near the end of Summer.