Teaming Up to Help Find a Cure for Childhood Cancer

It all began with one lemonade stand in a little girl’s front yard.

At just four years old, Alexandra (Alex) Scott decided to help raise money for research as she herself was battling childhood cancer. To date, the lemonade stands have raised over one million dollars for the cause.

In 2023, S&T Bank partnered with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) for the first time and this summer, S&T plans to expand that support Bank-wide. Inspired by Alex, who passed away in 2004 after fundraising tirelessly, ALSF continues supporting her legacy as a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the lives of children with cancer. The organization funds impactful research, raises awareness, supports families and empowers everyone to help find a cure for childhood cancer.

“I always wanted to get involved with this wonderful non-profit,” states Frank Monterosso, brand ambassador consultant at S&T. For so many years, I would see kids setting up lemonade stands, raising money to help cure pediatric cancer and in my role at the Bank, I felt I had the opportunity to do something more. S&T is so involved in communities, and they care deeply about the needs of children, so I made the call to ALSF.”

“I’m so excited to work to exceed the $30,000 we raised last year by fundraising at 75 locations for the full week. Everyone is really eager to raise as much as we can,”

Frank has been coordinating this effort with James Robinson, regional banking manager with S&T.  James explains, “to know that whatever amount we raise could someday help a researcher find a cure for pediatric cancer means we made a difference in someone’s life. It’s all about these kids and Alex who started this out of her desire to make sure no other children would suffer. When you witness someone pass by the stand, reach into their own pocket and hand you $50, it means the world. And working for a company that is 100% committed to these types of fundraisers means everything. It ignites a passion in all of our employees to help and the feeling is truly contagious.”

Jodi Presloid, S&T’s director of branch banking remarks, “I was extremely proud of our team members who held multiple lemonade stands and fundraisers to exceed our fundraising goal last summer. Our employees embraced the cause with energy and enthusiasm and went above and beyond to continue making people our purpose.” One of those team members, Dave Marshall, branch manager at S&T’s Exton branch, felt last year’s lemonade stand effort was simply astounding. “I was amazed at the number of people that knew Alex or someone else that had pediatric cancer.” He continued, “This kept me, and my team motivated to have the same energy to fundraise on the Friday of that week as we started with that Monday. I’m so thankful to everyone who was fully committed to waving at every single car that passed by and helped bring awareness and motivate people to pull over and donate. We all felt extremely fulfilled at the end of the week, knowing that we would be helping make a difference for these children.”

Alex’s mom and Co-Executive Director at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is very thankful for the continued support, stating, “We are delighted that S&T Bank chose to partner with us again this June! We couldn’t be prouder of S&T’s team and its volunteers at Bank locations throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio for their commitment to helping find a cure for childhood cancer. We’re also very thankful for S&T’s customers who come out and support the cause.”

To read more about this partnership or to donate, visit stbank.com/ALSF.

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