An industrious youngster who with her siblings partnered with a local grocery store and another young entrepreneur who donated all her profits to a local dog rescue organization were among the “lemonaders” celebrated at the third Lemonade Day Detroit Awards Ceremony July 30 at Huntington Bank.

“Lemonade Day Detroit participants really ‘outsold’ themselves,” said Mike Fezzey, president of Huntington's East Michigan Region and third-year presenting sponsor. “These proprietors increased the average revenue per stand by 84 percent over our 2012 results.” In addition,

  • Nearly 2,000 children registered to participate in Lemonade Day Detroit 2013.
  • Revenue per stand increased from $191 in 2012 to $351 in 2013.
  • Charitable giving per stand also increased, by more than 100 percent (from $51 per stand in 2012 to $107 in 2013).
  • Lemonade Day Detroit was also pleased to have 52,000 students from DPS who took on Lemonade Day as a cross-curricular study throughout the school year. The 14 lessons of Lemonade Day span all areas of study, including math, science, art, social studies and marketing – and teaches them how to use their education to meet a most basic life skill: how to earn a living.

Our 2013 Lemonade Day Detroit Kid Ambassador got a big thank you from Huntington's Mike Fezzey and MLive's Ryan Eisert

Lemonade Day Detroit is part of a national effort to teach children how to start, own and operate a business through the simple act of running a lemonade stand. The goal is to help the youth of Metro Detroit learn valuable skills and the positives of business, to help them become the next generation of leaders.

Huntington Bank handed out a number of prizes July 30 in recognizing inspired entrepreneurs ages 4 to 17 who manned stands from throughout Southeast Michigan: 

Most Successful Stands

These three lemonade stands were the top money makers, based on the results submissions, tabulated by Lemonade Day’s national office:  


  • First Place - $150 in Visa gift cards

o   Alexis, Jada and Sasha Roberts

o   From Northville

o   They earned $1,263

o   They donated a portion of their profits to Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit


  • Second Place - $100 in Visa gift cards

o   THE JUICE KIDS, Idaisha Capulong; Zaria Smiley and Joseph Marshall

o   From Detroit

o   They made a $1,028 profit.

o   … and donated a portion of their profits to Wigs 4 Kids


  • 3rd Place - $75 in Visa gift cards

o   Lemonade Day Detroit’s Kid Ambassador Joshua Smith

o   From Detroit

o   Made a profit of $615