Hundreds of Bay area residents descended on Founders Corner in St. Pete to be part of the National Lemonade Stand and bake sale day. About a dozen kids and their parents set up booths in the beautiful Florida sun as a much welcome breeze cooled things off almost as much as the icy lemonade. Cookies, brownies, cake slices and poppy seed breads were selling like hotcakes. One booth had revenues of $175 and the total estimated revenues were about $500 altogether! About ½ of that will be donated to the St. Petersburg Free clinic, Mercury One, and other charities. Two large boxes of food were gathered for the food banks at Holy Family Catholic Church and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.
Organizer Ann McKalip offered: “The kids really stepped up and made the event a success”.
The success was evident in the smiles of the kids and the many patrons pulling up off of 4th ST and 62nd Ave. N. Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock came out to lend her support
and enjoy the goodies. The event was part of a larger national day created by Glenn Beck as part of his “Restoring Love” event to occur in Dallas at the end of July. The kids gathered under the “Free Markets” monument at Founders corner where Adam Smith is quoted: “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest.”
Certainly the kids hard work and interest in earning some pocket cash for the summer paid off for the community as money and food was gathered for charity and local stores sold the raw materials to create lemonade and baked goods. That is why Famed economist Milton Friedman is also quoted at Founders Corner: “That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”