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Quench That Thirst

Magnolia Springs Hosts Summer Fundraiser Benefitting Alzheimer’s

Beat the heat with Magnolia Springs Loveland as they host their annual Lemonade Stand Fundraiser in late July, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. 

“We do some great fundraisers throughout the year, but our annual lemonade stand is among the most simple and perfect,” says Debby Farmer, Community Resource Director.

This assisted living and memory care community boasts nearly 70 apartments in a traditional assisted living space and 48 apartments in their “Memory Care Neighborhood.”

“Our Memory Care Neighborhood is devoted to those with some sort of dementia—we provide very specific care for our residents and very specific training to our employees,” Debby shares. “It’s a difficult disease overall, so our goal with the fundraiser is ultimately a world without Alzheimer’s disease.”

Now in its sixth year, the event began with a manager’s daughter inspiring the very first lemonade stand fundraiser.

“We all did lemonade stands when we were young, and it’s just continued to be a positive thing—it even brings in people driving by that day who see our lemonade stand sign,” Debby smiles. “We’ve had tremendous results from the community at large just stopping and making donations. This year, we may also have some lawn games like cornhole and hillbilly golf.”

Those who would like to support the cause can simply drive into the Magnolia Springs parking lot and look for the tents.

“Any donation is accepted,” says Debby. “Just let us know how many glasses of lemonade you’d like.” 

Rain or shine, this annual Lemonade Stand Fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association takes place Wednesday, July 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. What better place—or reason—to stop on a summer day?  

“Our goal is to have our residents continue to live the life they’ve loved, no matter their status—rather than looking at things they can’t do, we focus on what they can do … that’s what our memory care is all about.” 

Old Fashioned Lemonade
Thirsting for some sweet summer refreshment at home? Try this recipe for your own twist.

6 lemons
1 cup white sugar
6 cups water

Juice the lemons (roll or cut them, or use a juicer or citrus reamer, reserving the pulp if desired). Combine juice, sugar and water in a pitcher; thoroughly stir until sugar dissolves. Taste, and add more water if desired (to dilute or cut the tartness/sweetness). Refrigerate until well chilled; serve with ice and fresh lemon slices.

Strawberry Sweet
For a summery treat, turn this recipe into strawberry lemonade! Cut the green stems off ½ lb of strawberries, then purée in a food processor or immersion blender; strain to remove seeds (if desired) and set aside. Bring 2 cups of water and 1 cup sugar to simmer in a saucepan over medium heat; cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Juice lemons as above, then combine lemon juice, strawberry purée and sugar syrup. Chill and serve over ice with fresh strawberries (or consider kicking it up even more by adding rum or vodka … voilà!). | 767 Loveland-Miamiville Rd, Loveland | 513.774.9000

Sometimes in life we make things so difficult and ornate and overwhelming ... we just wanted to have some fun with this one.

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