Portland, September 19th, 2014. Project Lemonade’s first fundraising luncheon brought 310 guests to the Multnomah Athletic Club and raised $70,000 to support its annual back-to-school shopping event for foster youth. Zahara, Anthony, AK, and Madison joined Project Lemonade founder Rhonda Meadows on stage to share the importance of back-to-school shopping for confidence and self-esteem. Project Lemonade is a 100% volunteer organization that provides free new and nearly new clothing, shoes and accessories to local foster youth. In the past three years, Project Lemonade has served over 5,000 youth age 5-20. (Photo credit, Gail Andersen)
To meet the needs of youth like Alan, Project Lemonade operates a back-to-school shopping event during the month of August where foster youth can shop for free. These clothing basics are unattainable for most foster youth. Project Lemonade is bringing these items to these deserving kids through donations from area retailers and contributions from the community.