COMMUNITY FIRST: Boys and Girls Club holds Fourth Annual Lemonade Day

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
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Locations include:

- Boys & Girls Clubs in Eau Claire, Black River Falls, and Chippewa Falls
- Festival Foods
- Gordy's County Market - Birch Street, Hamilton Avenue, Clairemont Avenue, Downtown Chippewa Falls, Lake Wissota
- Mega Foods - East & West
- Northwestern Bank - Eau Claire & Downtown Chippewa Falls
- United Bank
- Prestige Auto - Golf Road
- Jackson County Bank
- Co-op Credit Union in Black River Falls
- Burnstad's Market
- Intersection of Water St. and County Rd. A, Black River Falls

(See map below for locations)

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - About 150 kids in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Black River Falls gave their best sales pitches as part of the Boys and Girls Clubs' fourth annual Lemonade Day.

“We practiced how to sell lemonade, how to talk to people to get them to try it,” lemonade seller Jayden Koenig said.

“It is very cold and sweet and people will love it,” Jonathan Street said after some early sales.

It serves as a fundraiser for the club, but also teaches kids lessons in business and marketing.

“It's not only important for their future job skills, but also as they're learning to communicate with people and customer service skills are so important right now and those types of things they're learning in the programs can only help them for their future,” Boys and Girls Club Chief Development Officer Tracey Smiskey said.

“They taught us manners. If somebody's had a bad day, you could go up to them and say ‘Hi, do you want some lemonade?’” salesman Tristan Eckert said.

Prestige Auto owner Dan Mattoon wasn’t selling lemons, but the lemonade stand outside his lot gave kids valuable experience.

“It's all about themselves and reacting with other people and being able to sell the product they have. Obviously, today is lemonade, and maybe in the future, it's going to be selling cars,” Mattoon said.

“We've had a lot of kids that have wanted to go home and do their own lemonade stand and try to talk their families into letting them try it at home as well,” Smiskey said.

With kids at 19 locations up from 12 last year, the club earned nearly $11,000 surpassing last year's earnings of $8,000. With cups going for 50 cents each, all proceeds went back to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley to serve young people in the area. Several area businesses (complete list is on the right side of this page) hosted the lemonade stands.

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