The Northern Afleet syndicate and its manager Taylor Made/WinStar venture has agreed to donate the proceeds of a live auction of a 2006 Northern Afleet no guarantee season to benefit "Alex's Lemonade Stand." The auction of this season will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. on the backstretch of Churchill Downs adjacent the clocker's stand.
Alexandra "Alex" Scott was the 8-year old founder of Alex's Lemonade Stand for Pediatric Cancer Research. Two days before her first birthday, in 1997, she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. At the age of four, Alex decided to do something to make that cure more likely. She opened her first lemonade stand in July of 2000 with the idea of donating the proceeds to "her hospital." Each year since, Alex held an annual lemonade stand in her front yard. As word spread, donations poured in from around the world, and eventually Alex raised over $1,600,000.Alex lost her battle with the disease at the age eight in 2004, but her work is continuing through her foundation and 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender Afleet Alex. Afleet Alex's managing partner and majority owner, Chuck Zacney has donated a portion of his earnings to Alex's Lemonade Stand. Northern Afleet, the sire of Afleet Alex, and his owners wish to do the same and contribute to Alex's cause. Northern Afleet stands at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky.Liz Scott, Alex Scott's mother, will attend the live auction that morning and will also set up a lemonade stand at Churchill Down's backstretch media center the same morning.