Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF) hosted its Seventh Annual Lemon Ball Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Philadelphia Marriott on Market Street.
Filled with cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, and a raffle provided by Govberg Jewelers, the event brought together supporters of the Foundation’s mission – to find a cure for all kids with cancer.
Liz and Jay Scott, the parents of the late Alex Scott, co-chaired the gala with Mary Stengel Austen and Peter Austen. Stengel Austen, a longtime friend and supporter of Alex, serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation and is the current President/CEO of Tierney.
The Alex Scott Crystal Cup was presented to Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin, the men behind the Foundation’s first and largest culinary fundraiser, The Great Chefs Event. In 2012 alone, the Great Chefs Event raised over $1 million, clearly proving the dedication that Marc, Jeff and Jeff have to helping find a cure for all kids with cancer. Liz and Jay Scott presented awards to Paige and Mark Walsh of Leawood, KS, Foundation Volunteers of the Year; and the Smith family of Spring Lake, NJ were named Stand Hosts of the Year.
Both the Walsh and Smith families have personal connections to childhood cancer as their children are survivors. Charlie Walsh was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer just prior to his third birthday; Charlie is now a typical 8-year-old boy! Bridget Smith was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in April of 2007; today Bridget has grown into a beautiful 8-year-old who continues to raise funds for childhood cancer.