National Lemonade Day is well-timed in 2015, as it is most every year, falling, as it does, just after the middle of August (read: extreme heat possible) and just before loads of parents start moving loads of students back to loads of universities (read: refreshing beverages are key after a day hauling boxes).
But making the beverage-based holiday even more urgent, calendar-wise, is when a famous chain rallies to support a big cause with a fun fundraiser, one that's surpassed a million dollars thus far.
Aug. 20 is the day for lemonade, across the country, and across the country Hot Dog on a Stick locations will present a free lemonade to any customer who says "Lemonade for LLS" at the window or counter.
What to do, where to go and what to see
LLS is, of course, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization that has performed countless good works in the name of raising awareness about diagnosis, research, and help, and raising money to assist those living with cancer as well, in a host of ways.
The free lemonade -- and this is the "hand-stomped" lemonade that all Hot Dog on a Stick devotees have seen in mid-hand-stomp, from their ordering spot at the counter -- will handle the spreading awareness part.
As for the fundraising? "Customers can also upgrade to souvenir cup for $3, and $1 from each upgrade will be donated to support LLS's investment in research to advance lifesaving new treatments for blood cancer patients."
Over a million dollars has been raised for LLS by Hot Dog on a Stick in the past (along with Global Franchise Group, its parent company).
Will you make for the fabled Muscle Beach location on Aug. 20, for your free lemonade, or your upgrade dollar lemonade? Hot Dog on a Stick has long ties to Los Angeles, so for LA to give back, and back LLS, is the right thing to do.
Let's raise a glass of hand-stomped lemonade to the notion of neighborly niceness.