LINDENWOLD, N.J. (CBS) — It’s official! A southern New Jersey family has broken the Guinness Book World Record for the largest cup of lemonade.
Michael and Trish Adkins of Lily’s Big Grand Lemonade Stand hosted an event Saturday at Lindenwold Park in Lindenwold, New Jersey to raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer.
Eight years ago, when their daughter Lily was just 14 months old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor called ependymoma. After treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a cancer center in Houston, Texas, Lily survived her cancer. Since then, the Adkins family has hosted an Alex’s Lemonade Stand every year.
On Saturday, a 10-foot tall, 6-foot-wide plastic cup was filled with 1,735 gallons of lemonade, shattering the previous record (1,539 gallons) by nearly 200 gallons.
Lily’s father joined two officials with Guinness aboard a mechanical lift that carried them to the top of the cup, where they measured the lemonade and then announced the new world record to the crowd below.
The day’s events included special performances by local cheerleaders and an area dance studio, along with a variety of activities and treats for those in attendance.
The Adkins family is hoping to raise $15,000 this year, which would fund approximately seven weeks of childhood cancer research.