Shake-ups for Charity: The Lemonade Lady
The Lemonade Lady will make her appearance again this summer by serving up delicious lemon shake-ups in Scotland County. Around seven years ago, Elaine began making lemon shake-ups after some weather detoured an event that was scheduled to go through Rutledge, Missouri. “It’s called Bikers Across Missouri and they start out in St. Kristy Eggleston-Wood and a few others decided to sell lemon shake-ups on the main street in town to raise some money as the bikers came through. “They bought one box of lemons, and one box of lemons will make 180 lemon shake-ups,” Elaine explained. “They borrowed the juicer from the Memphis Chamber of Commerce and there was a rainstorm, and the bikers went straight through Baring. Since mother nature took over, the lemons were not used for the event, so Kristy Eggleston-Wood came up with an idea. “I took it to the fair and they bought me out in one day. The money raised at the fair went towards The Order of the Eastern Star charities, which change every year. “Anywhere you see me set up, the money goes to charities or organizations,” Elaine said.
“After that, the Chamber of Commerce had always had a lemonade stand up on the square for Antique Days and they sold it the whole time. Elaine agreed to do this event as well and has received help from volunteers and the Eastern Star ladies over the years. “At the Antique Fair, I have different organizations that come in. After setting up at the Scotland County Fair and the Antique Fair, Elaine decided to add another spot to set up the stand during the summer. “For two years, up at the Antique Fair, I did it and then I got to thinking that these girls barbecue out at Gas & More on Saturdays,” Elaine said. Elaine asked to set up at the gas station and the owners agreed and provided free ice for the lemon shake-up stand. Besides Elaine selling the lemon shake-ups at the gas station, the Boy Scouts and After Prom parents have set up at Gas & More as well. Another project that has benefited from the lemon shake-up stand is the Rutledge Masonic Hall. “We have also had some very much needed remodeling done to our hall basement too,” Elaine said. One of the things that Elaine enjoys the most is giving back and helping the community in any way possible.
“I want to do something with my time, and I have no hobbies. Elaine also helps at her church, Memphis First Christian Church, where she is the Chairman of the funeral meals. This year, Elaine plans to raise money for a variety of charities. “Our money will basically go to the Eastern Star Charities, like the money from Gas & More,” Elaine said. This year’s charities for the Eastern Star will be Danny’s Wish, Fisher House-Columbia, Educational Fund Board, Masonic Youth Groups, ESTARL, Duo Dogs, Christmas 4 Kids, and the Lois J. Some of the Eastern Star charities from 2021 that the stand helped support were, Cancer Research in Missouri at Ellis Fischel, Rainbow Girls, Job’s Daughters, DeMolay, CHAMP (Canine Helpers Allow More Possibilities), Masonic Home, ESTARL, and the Lois J. Besides setting up the stand at the Scotland County Fair, the Antique Fair, and Gas & More in Memphis, Elaine has set up at Fun Day in Columbia for Eastern Star. Throughout the months of June, July, and August, The Lemonade Lady will be set up at Gas & More in Memphis.
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