Emmy Strickland Lemonade Stand Benefits Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes
Back in August, the Friends had a special visitor to one of our table events.
The Friends of Sleeping Bear were at the Glen Arbor Farmers’ Market on August 3rd promoting their new book, Picture-Perfect Sleeping Bear.
Emmy Strickland (Age 5) heard the Friends would be there. With her dad, Bill, Emmy rushed over to the Market to surprise the Friends with a money donation earned at her lemonade stand.
Emmy had offered free lemonade at her stand for a donation to the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes. She arrived at the booth that day with over $163!
After word had spread through the Market about her efforts, she came back with another $25 she had received from Market attendees. Emmy was asked how she raised so much money. She said, “I wanted to give free lemonade to people and help the park.” Her dad piped in that Sleeping Bear Point is one of her favorite places. He said that Emmy squeezed the lemons and made the fresh lemonade, herself.
Friends Chair, Jerry Peterson had this to say to Emmy. “Thank you, Emmy. What a pleasant surprise to have such an enterprising young lady squeeze fresh lemons for lemonade, coordinate a lemonade stand, and then donate the money to the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes.”
The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is protecting resources and heightening visitor experiences in partnership with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.