The best lemonade stand in the New Orleans area on the statewide Lemonade Day, May 3, was Maya Major’s Lemonade Squeakers stand at the Walgreen’s at 3227 Magazine St., New Orleans. The stand brought in a profit of $458 for Unity of Greater NOLA.

The stand with the region’s best business plan was Tyrin Wiltz’s stand, The Sunshine Krewe, in Westwego. The stand generated $109 to help address domestic violence issues.

The region’s top producer was operated by the Cultural Elite Academy of Dance, mentored by Farin Smith. This stand, set up near the New Orleans Fair Grounds during Jazz Fest, raised $1,250 for Steve Harvey’s Mentorship Foundation.

Lemonade Day is a free program that fosters entrepreneurship and character development among Louisiana’s youth by supporting them in establishing and operating their own lemonade businesses. Young entrepreneurs are provided with a free backpack which contains detailed support materials, such as a workbook, marketing tips and guide, to help them establish their lemonade stand.

These “lemonaders” are advised to spend a little, save a little and share a little, donating a portion of their proceeds to a local charity of their choice. After covering their expenses and paying back their investors, children are encouraged to open a youth savings account. Registration is free and all children are encouraged to participate.

Across Louisiana, more than 20,000 young people participated in Lemonade Day 2014. Next year’s Lemonade Day will take place on May 2, 2015.