Tampa Police RICH House Kids Serve 'Lemonade for a Cause'
Interim Chief Brian Dugan purchased a cup of lemonade and thanked the kids for spending their day out of school to raise money for veterans in the hospital
Tampa, Florida (October 16, 2017) – Dozens in the Downtown Tampa area stopped by the Tampa Police Department’s Franklin Street headquarters to quench their thirst for a good cause. Within a couple of hours, kids who attend the department’s Resources in Community Hope (RICH) House program raised more than $450 during their “Lemonade for a Cause” event. The young entrepreneurs will use a portion of the proceeds to purchase items for patients at the veterans’ hospital.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Interim Chief Brian Dugan were the first in line to support “Lemonade for a Cause.” A steady stream of customers followed behind them during the two-hour fundraiser. Supporters received a cold cup of lemonade and the option to jazz it up with a variety of fresh fruit or mint in exchange for a two dollar donation.
“Lemonade for a Cause” wrapped up a 4-week mentoring initiative through the RICH House program that taught the students life lessons in community, originality, relationships and expressions. The kids, who live primarily in challenged neighborhoods, were able to apply the skills they learned while they operated the lemonade stand. They also received a valuable opportunity to experience entrepreneurship and exposure to Tampa’s downtown business district.
The RICH House students plan to re-invest the funds from their lemonade sales in the community. The group will use a portion of the money they raised to purchase items for patients at the veterans’ hospital. They will visit the hospital to hand out the gifts and spend time with the veterans in November.
The Tampa Police Department's Resources in Community Hope (RICH) House program serves as a safe haven for kids in the city's most economically challenged areas. The department currently operates two sites--Sulphur Springs and Robles Park. Each location is operated by a Tampa Police officer who serves as a role model, tutor and liaison between residents and the police department. The sites offer after-school and summer school programming, in addition to access to family social services. The RICH House program focuses on four components: education, conflict-resolution, socialization and self-esteem.