Abelard Construction Donates to Eden Prairie 9/11 Lemonade Stand

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Minnesota construction and restoration firm donates monies and staff to local charity.

"My goal is to teach our kids about philanthropy and the importance of a monumental event. It’s a great thing to see everyone together each year and to receive support from our local businesses," says Sue Donkersgoed.

Abelard Construction, local restoration company, has been busy helping Twin Cities property owners get the roof repairs they need after the August 6th hailstorm. When Abelard Construction founder and president Anthony Delmedico learned about the Olympic Hills 9/11 Lemonade Stand annual fundraiser, he decided to donate monies, staff, books, toys, and free property inspections to the charity. Delmedico is also founder and inventor of the Little Green Money Machine, a revolutionary learning system that teaches kids how to start their own business.

"My goal for this annual event is to teach our kids about philanthropy while learning about the importance of a monumental part of our history. It’s a great thing to see everyone together each year and to receive support from our local businesses," says Sue Donkersgoed, event organizer and teacher at Eden Prairie High School.

The Olympic Hills 9/11 Lemonade Stand was founded by Donkersgoed in 2000 and is in its 13th year of operation. The annual fundraiser earned over $1,700 this year by selling lemonade and cookies. The annual event is held each year on September 11th, rain or shine. The Olympic Hills neighborhood involves the entire community in the event.

"There are kids that weren’t even born when this happened. Each year, they are learning from the adults, the older kids, and the community itself. The fundraiser makes everyone stop," says Donkersgoed.

The neighborhood grassroots event has grown over the years and involves planning, outreach, flier distribution and selling lemonade and cookies. Each year, donations are sent to 9/11-related organizations. Charities chosen for 2013 include the American Red Cross, the Family Readiness Center, Sew Much Comfort, which provides adaptive clothing at no charge to injured returning veterans, and General Safety Equipment, a Wyoming, Minn., firetruck manufacturer.

"As a local business, Abelard Construction firmly believes in giving back to the community. This neighborhood fundraiser is about teaching children about a historical event while also exposing them to philanthropy, it’s truly amazing. Sue is a great organizer and I met her by chance. My construction company is replacing her cedar shake roof from storm damage. We are glad we were able to help them with toy and book donations as well as raise money for this charity," says Abelard Construction co-founder, Little Green Money Machine founder Anthony Delmedico.

About Abelard Construction

Abelard Construction is a leader in the residential and commercial restoration and construction industry. As a licensed general contractor, we are able to respond to your unique construction and restoration needs with speed and flexibility. Whether you have a residential roofing emergency, require water, hail, wind fire, smoke or mold damage restoration or need general contractor services for general maintenance on commercial properties, we are poised to help. Visit http://www.abelardconstruction.com or call 1.888.260.ROOF. Click here for more information on the Storm Inspection Process: http://youtu.be/LPsGTEi3ghQ.

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