Still In Awe After 7 Years At Philadelphia’s Lemon Ball

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 in Commercial, Events by Olivia Marcozzi

For the 7th year in a row, Philip Gabriel Photography spent a wonderful evening at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on January 14th to celebrate the annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Lemon Ball!

In case you haven’t heard of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the foundation was started by a young girl with a huge dream to change the world. Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was very young. As she battled with the illness and underwent treatments, she became very passionate about finding a cure for neuroblastoma, which is the most common childhood cancer.

Alex decided to take action, creating up her own little fundraiser by setting up a lemonade stand to raise money for research. Her crusade gained national attention, and by the time she passed away at age eight, her vision and organization had raised more than $1 million for cancer research.

The foundation was continued by her family, who never dreamed that the idea of their beloved Alex would grow into an organization that would raise more than $140 million and fund 690 cancer research projects in just 11 years! Their programs are being supported in 129 top hospitals and institutions in the US and Canada. Alex’s inspirational story can be found here.

This is Philip Gabriel Photography’s 7th year photographing our area’s annual Lemon Ball, and once again the Philadelphia community has left us spell-bound. We’re in awe of Alex’s story and feel blessed to capture this event.  It beautifully testifies to the short life of the fearless girl with goals bigger than herself, and the beautiful family who works tirelessly to make that dream a reality.  It’s wonderful to see so many of the same faces, year after year, as well as the many new faces in the crowd as the organization continues to develop. The continued support of Alex’s cause is astonishing!

The Marriott was a fantastic venue for the event, and Strangers from BVT Live had all the patrons out on the dance floor celebrating all night long! The evening was was also beautifully captured on video by CinemaCake Filmmakers, who always do a fantastic job with video.

We are blown away by the generosity of the donors. The fundraiser was a huge success, selling out at over 900 guests and raising over $940,000 for the Foundation!

The night was incredibly inspiring to say the least. When you see so many child cancer survivors, speaking on stage in front of a large group, you can’t help but be overwhelmed. It makes you realize how small we actually are and how important it is to join with a cause like Alex’s Lemonade Stand to truly make the world a better place.

We are looking forward to seeing another successful year for the Foundation and the many events they have upcoming. To get involved with their cause, visit their website: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Looking for a great photographer for your next fundraiser? Contact Philip Gabriel Photography today!