The Herald-Times

Thanks you note

Special to the H-T
July 27, 2012

Lemonade Day

Bloomington Lemonade Day is a vibrant community program that aims to engage all youth in learning first-hand the concepts of entrepreneurship.

Through a partnership that includes the city of Bloomington, Monroe County government, The Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington, Lemonade Day has established a healthy foundation as a community event that enables all children to develop skills for their future success in the work place and community.

In our first year of offering this program, 213 kids learned from 140 mentors how to become successful independent small business owners. Bloomington Lemonade Day mentors volunteered an average of 25 hours, guiding children through life lessons ranging from business planning to customer service and philanthropy.

On Lemonade Day, young entrepreneurs and their caring adult mentors worked together an average of five hours, sold an average of 115 glasses of lemonade per stand and donated a total of $1,902 to local and national charities.

We graciously thank all our young entrepreneurs and mentors for their strong efforts. Their achievements are impressive by any standard.

The opportunity provided to these young people was possible through the vision and investment of many local philanthropic businesses and organizations.

For their giving and support, Bloomington Lemonade Day offers its deepest gratitude to our Presenting Sponsors, The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County and First Financial Bank. Both ensured the success of Lemonade Day through lead gifts that made this program available to all who wished to participate.

Many sponsors joined the Bloomington Lemonade Day movement, helping it grow and realize sustainable impact.

For their kindness and support, our heartfelt thanks goes to:

IU Health Bloomington, Old National Bank, The Coleman Foundation, The Cook Group, Hurlow Wealth Management Group, Metropolitan Printing Services, The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, SCI Kiwanis, BioConvergence, ISU The May Agency, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Bloomingfoods, Bloomington Urban Enterprises Association, E2 Taxi, McArdle and Company Builders, Worms Way, First Appraisal Group, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Meyer Najem Inc., and World Wide Automotive Service.

We are enormously grateful for all that you have done to teach our youngest citizens about entrepreneurship through your example of giving and kindness.

Thank you to everyone who invested in the success of our young entrepreneurs and visited a stand on lemonade day. Your support made an impact greater than you may know.

Thank you!

Chris Tann

Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington


Copyright: 2012

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.