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Galveston County
Galveston Chamber of Commerce
News Release
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Galveston Lemonade Day Luncheon and Educational Expo this Friday
Luncheon and Expo starts Friday, Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Hotel Galvez; Lemonade Day initiative is one of the largest business-education partnerships in city history

GALVESTON, Texas – The Galveston Chamber of Commerce Education Committee will announce plans for its landmark outreach plan with local schools at the Galveston Lemonade Day Luncheon and Educational Expo at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 16 at the historic Hotel Galvez (2024 Seawall Blvd). Local political and business leaders will be in attendance to learn how they can become more involved in Galveston schools. It is set to be one of the largest partnerships between businesses and educational institutions in Galveston history.

Lemonade Day,  an event set for May 6, 2012, teaches students the skills they need to be successful in life through the creation of a lemonade stand. They learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, save for the future, and give back to the community. Lemonade Day is an opportunity for a community to show local youth they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a free, fun, engaging, and empowering activity.

“Our mission is to encourage the business community to ‘Step-up and make a difference in education on the Island,’” said Fred D. Raschke, Chair of the Chamber’s Education Committee. “We are asking our members to become mentors, advisors, sponsors, and to teach lessons to local public and private school students on how to create their very own business. Youth of all ages, from pre-K through high school, can register to set up an official Lemonade Day stand. ”

Once a child is registered, they will receive a backpack with an informational workbook that outlines the steps needed to start a business. Schools participating in the business expo include those from Galveston Independent School District, Odyssey Academy, O’Connell Catholic School, Trinity Episcopal School, Satori Elementary and Ambassador’s Preparatory Academy.

“Schools are the cornerstone of our community, and we want our local leaders to have an active hand in enriching the lives of Galveston students,” said Gina Spagnola, President of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce. “We created the Education Committee in order to make greater connections between students and local businesses to show them the opportunities they have in pursuing careers on the Island. Lemonade Day is a fun way to teach students about how businesses work.”

The Chamber of Commerce Education Committee formed in fall of 2010 to bring attention to the diversity of choices in Galveston schools as well as provide assistance in educational improvement initiatives. Galveston Lemonade Day is just one of many initiatives the Education Committee plans to implement in Galveston Schools. It has plans to produce a Guide to Galveston Schools to be released later this month as well as host a summer job fair for local high school students in the Spring. The committee is comprised of Chamber members and local educators.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, volunteering or have questions regarding your school, church, youth organization or your child’s participation, please email Gina M. Spagnola at or call the Chamber at 409.763.5326.

For more information on Lemonade Day, please visit

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