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Lemonade stand wins award: Olivia and Rhett Seaks will be honored for fundraising efforts

Olivia and Rhetta Seaks sell lemonade... for a good cause.

Olivia and Rhett Seaks of Dickinson will be honored for their lemonade stand fundraising efforts during a National Philanthropy Day luncheon and awards ceremony hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern Plains Chapter.

Olivia and Rhett Seaks’ Lemonade Stand will receive the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award.

The awards ceremony will occur on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fargo Hilton Garden Inn. Tickets for the awards luncheon, or for fundraising educational training sessions and the luncheon may be purchased at www.afpnorthernplains.org.

In May 2017, Olivia Seaks, then 8 years old, told her dad, Brent, that she wanted to build a lemonade stand  to help raise money for medical expenses for Grace Bittner, a child in Dickinson who continues to fight brain cancer.

The entire Seaks family, led by Olivia, now 9, and brother Rhett, now 11, run the lemonade stand with parental supervision, along with occasional volunteers to help.  They first sold lemonade in June 2017 in their driveway when they earned $87 and next at the Bakken BBQ when they earned $550.

To date, Oliva and Rhett have raised more than $1,100 and they’re not quitting. Their philanthropic efforts impressed led the sister and brother to receive the prestigious award from the state’s premier organization for professionals engaged in fundraising.

Five additional honorees will be recognized at the luncheon. The keynote speaker at the event will be Scott Bintz, who will present about the Culture of Philanthropy.

The Association of Fundraising Professional chapters across the globe celebrate National Philanthropy Day by hosting events to recognize activities of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations, and those who are engaged in philanthropy. The Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern Plains Chapter encompasses all of North Dakota and western Minnesota.

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