UPDATE 9/23/13: Wonderful news! The fundraiser was a huge success. Michael and Nicholas raised over $8,500 for the rescue, with more donations still coming in. Great job, boys. Keep up the good work!
Kids and lemonade stands go hand in hand during the summer and are a common occurrence in many neighborhoods. Many may remember running one as kids, but we normally spent the earnings on ourselves.
Now we are finding very compassionate kids who are running not only lemonade stands, but hosting big fundraiser events to donate to animals in need. Giving of themselves and devoting much of their summer off for wonderful causes. Asking for donations to animal shelters in lieu of birthday presents, and collecting and delivering much needed items to shelters in their area.
Michael and Nicholas Gowarty, now ages 12 and 9, hosted a lemonade stand last year to raise funds for Hope for Hannah Rescue, from where they adopted their dog, Cabela. Their original plan turned into a much bigger event than expected - they even received Certificates of Recognition from the county commissioners. Read original story.
Their proud mom emailed us that since last year's event was so successful - they raised $2,400 for Hope for Hannah Rescue, they're now holding their 2nd annual fundraiser to benefit Hope for Hannah this Sunday, Sept. 22, from 12-5 p.m. on the 300 block of N. Everett Avenue in Scranton, PA. Their goal is to double last year's earnings.
This year promises to be bigger and better with over 65 items to raffle off, a DJ, dunk tank, bouncy house, face painting, coloring/drawing contests, Philly Pretzel Factory pretzels, cotton candy, and an ice cream truck, along with food, baked goods, and of course lemonade and iced tea, to provide fun and entertainment for the whole family. And best of all, you'll be helping homeless animals and teaching kids compassion toward animals while having a great time.
On top of all that, this will also be a real adoption event!
If interested, you can join in with your family (and leashed pets) and help them reach their goal.
Thank you once again, Michael and Nicholas, and of course your parents, who are encouraging you to give of yourselves for a worthy cause. It's kids like you that give animal advocates of today, hope for tomorrow.
Thanks for reading!
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