Lemonade Alley Contestants Donates Sales Proceeds Plus $1,000 Cash Prize to Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii
Lemonade Alley Contestants makes us at the BizGym Foundation very proud! Our K-12 students not only shows off their business skills at our annual Lemonade Alley event, but also lets their heart of gold shine as they go above and beyond our ‘Profit To Share’ mantra.
One of the shining stars at the seventh annual Lemonade Alley – hosted in April 2017 by Pearlridge Center in Aiea – was 13-year-old Lincoln Naki, an eighth grader at Prince David Kawananakoa Middle School in Honolulu.
Lincoln, who comes from a single-parent family, specified that all profits from his team’s lemonade sales would support Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii, a charity that has been there for Lincoln over the years.
Adult Volunteers Help Youth Lead Better Lives
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches keiki ages 6-18 (“Littles”) in one-to-one friendships with mentors (“Bigs”). Each match is supported by a professional coach who is there on a daily basis to answer questions, provide fun activities, and guide kids, mentors and parents.
The concept behind the charity is that youth who have positive adult influences in their lives are better able to reach their fullest potential. Research bears this out. So Big Brothers Big Sisters helps parents build a network of support for their family while offering adult volunteers the opportunity to make a big difference in a child’s life.
Lincoln, along with his teammates Kayla Malta and Lisa Smith from Iolani School, donated more than $700 in net sales proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters, plus their $1,000 cash prize for winning their age division in the Lemonade Alley contest. The grand total donated was $1,761.49 – a very generous sum for young teenagers.
Lincoln presented the check during a ceremony at the Queen Lili`uokalani Trust, a charity founded in 1909 to assist orphan and destitute children. Accepting the check was Dennis Brown, Big Brothers Big Sisters president and CEO.