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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Lemonade stands back again to help stop child abuse

  • Six-year-old Audrey Smith is getting the word out. She is telling all of her friends big and small that her lemonade stand will be up and running in less than a week outside of the On the Run gas station on Bishop Avenue.
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  • Six-year-old Audrey Smith is getting the word out. She is telling all of her friends big and small that her lemonade stand will be up and running in less than a week outside of the On the Run gas station on Bishop Avenue.
    Audrey's stand will be one of more than 30 lemonade stands that will be set up across the St. James and Rolla area this coming weekend, July 12-13, as part of the 18th annual Take a Stand Against Child Abuse sponsored by Phelps County Bank. The stands are run by individuals or businesses who want to help protect children.
    All of the money raised over the two-day event will go toward helping prevent child abuse in Phelps County. Nonprofits such as Prevention Consultants and CASA are two organizations that money raised will go to.
    Last year the event raised around $25,000. The goal this year is $32,000.
    Phelps County Bank's marketing duo Jodi Layman and Wendy Young are confident that this year's goal can be met because they know how wonderful the Rolla and St. James communities are. The two have been putting the event together for close to a decade now.
    "The community comes together for a two-day event and we raise anywhere from $20,000 to 24,000 every year. It is amazing the amount of support we get. Without their support there is no way we could raise the money and help the kids of Phelps County," Layman said.
    The stands will be open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 13.
    "All of our branch lobbies and drive-thrus will have stands set up on both days," said Layman.
    Lemonade stand kits are still available to be picked up at any Phelps County Bank. Kits contain bottled water, ice, bottled lemonade, 2 T-shirts, a donation can, a tip sheet, and information about the event. All kits are free.
    "It's very easy to set up and a lot of fun" Layman added.
    Layman said she would like to have 30 to 40 stands total this year.
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