PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – What better way to cool off from the hard work than a nice glass of lemonade?

It especially tastes much better when you know they money goes to help kids with cancer.

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How many neighborhood lemonade stands are served from silver? But Alex’s Lemonade Stand is different.

For the third consecutive year, employees of the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh University Center volunteered their time to run a lemonade stand to raise swiftmoney and give back to families affected by childhood cancer.

“With the help of my manager and a couple other guys in the shop, we put this together and by the plans added a little more extra to it, and came up with a real nice stand here which does a lot of good cause,” George Semega said.

“If you look at the history of this, it was an amazing story behind it. The hotel really adopted this and the last three years we’ve been doing it,” Dave Matzie said.

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The original idea came from a 4-year-old battling cancer about 12 years ago.

“There’s a pureness there. There’s is no other motive. It’s just natural, it comes from the heart. There’s no ulterior motive It just flows Its kind of like a river. It just comes,” Joyce Jackson said.

So does the support of the Holiday Inn staff.

“I just think that we are able to warm the hearts of our associates and when we’re giving back to people, it’s easy for them to give back to people as well. We’re in the hospitality industry, we just need to be that way. It just warms my heart that I have a team that can do that,” General Manager John Severino said.


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