Saints Deuce McAllister, John Georges Kick Off Lemonade Day
NEW ORLEANS – Lemonade Day Louisiana Co-Founder and businessman John George and Former New Orleans Saints Star Deuce McAllister will join the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, metro New Orleans, statewide business leaders and community partners to announce the official kick off and fifth anniversary celebration of Lemonade Day Louisiana today, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at Junior Achievement, 5100 Orleans Ave., New Orleans.
Also in attendance at today’s press conference event will be First NBC Bank President and CEO Ashton Ryan, Rouses Markets Managing Partner Donny Rouse, Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation President and CEO Layne McDaniel, Lemonade Day National President Ron Batts, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans President Jack Brancewicz, and special guests Miss Louisiana USA 2015 Candice Bennatt, Miss Teen Louisiana USA 2015 Katherine Haik, Saintsations, the Pelicans Cheerleaders, Gumbo, Sir Saint and dozens of metro New Orleans youth.
Lemonade Day Louisiana is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada in 2011.
Lemonade Day was brought to Louisiana in 2010 by Entrepreneurs John Georges (CEO of Georges Enterprises) and Todd Graves (CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers). Georges and Graves both received their first taste of business by operating their own lemonade stand as kids.
The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow.
Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, The New Orleans Advocate, The Advocate, The Acadiana Advocate, Crescent Bank, the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and Acadian Companies are among this year’s leading sponsors for Lemonade Day Louisiana.