LemonAid started in 2002 as a response to the attacks on 9/11. To date over $250,000 has been raised for local charities that serve children.

LemonAid was established in 2002 in memory of the September 11th attacks. The neighbors on 700 Bonnie Brae in River Forest felt called to remember this day by doing something positive in the community. It was decided to hold a lemonade stand with proceeds going to a local charity benefiting children. More than eighty Bonnie Brae residents, mostly kids, participate one way or another to the organization and success of LemonAid. The first year, LemonAid raised $400 for Hephzibah Children’s Association. Last year over $36,000 was raised for Kidz Express!

Residents nominate local organizations to be considered and a vote is taken. A representative from the beneficiary organization(s) gives a presentation to the children to explain their program and how the money will be used. Over the years several teens on the block have stepped up to chair the event. Their role is to communicate information to rest of block, oversee the voting process, hold organizational meetings, and contact the media. LemonAid has become a remarkable local tradition that provides an opportunity to remember a tragic event with a positive one. The families of Bonnie Brae have grown by reaching out to the community who in turn have provided tremendous support over the years.In 2011, the Village of River Forest recognized the efforts on 700 Bonnie Brae by designating the street LemonAid Place.

Check out LemonAid on YouTube:

Photo History: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly8wpH0hAXM
10th Anniversary Ceremony Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0Sb0urgNUc
10th Anniversary Ceremony Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT2t36MRJlY