Pilot Launches New Charitable Initiative: Presents $50,000 Raised in 36 Hours for Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Today, Pilot Freight Services (Pilot) CEO Gordon Branov and president and CCO John Hill presented Liz Scott, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) co-executive director and mother of Alexandra “Alex” Scott, with a $50,000 donation as part of the annual Lemonade Days fundraising at Pilot’s headquarters in Lima, PA.
The money was raised during Pilot’s annual national meeting in late April where hundreds of employees from around the world gathered to discuss industry trends, share sales tactics, celebrate one another’s achievements and meet with international colleagues face-to-face. Team building through fundraising was a priority this year and over the course of 36 hours, attendees contributed more than $50,000 to ALSF. The fundraiser was the first step in making the foundation Pilot’s official national philanthropy partner. Employees at headquarters were thrilled to meet Liz and connect with her while enjoying lemonade and water ice at Pilot’s own lemonade stand on June 8.
ALSF is a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer. The founder, Alexandra “Alex” Scott, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma just before her first birthday. She held her first front yard lemonade stand when she was just four years old to raise funds to find cures. ALSF follows this mission to this day and has raised more than $150 million to fund more than 800 cutting-edge research projects at 135 institutions and develop programs to support families, like SuperSibs! to help the brothers and sisters of cancer patients.
“We’re proud to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and I’m thrilled, although not surprised, that the dedicated and generous Pilot employees and partners rose to the challenge of donating to such a worthy cause.” said Gordon Branov, CEO of Pilot Freight Services. “We chose ALSF as a national philanthropy partner for multiple reasons: being in the area, Alex’s is very well known to us and given their national influence we feel confident that our station managers can bring back what they learned at the national meeting about Alex’s message and mission to their communities in all corners of the U.S.”