Tuesday, June 12, 2012 , Updated 2:00 p.m., June 13, 2012
Glenn Beck wants to hug you in Cedar Hill on Wednesday
The event is designed to spotlight small-scale fundraisers as an important component of entrepreneurialism.
CEDAR HILL When Glenn Beck brings his National Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale Hug-A-Thon to Cedar Hill this week, he's expecting about 1,000 people to join in.
The National Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale Hug-A-Thon Day will be hosted in Cedar Hill’s downtown area at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House on Main Street from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. Beck's live show airs on-site from 4-5 p.m.
He is hosting the event in part because small fundraisers like lemonade stands and bake sales, once a staple in raising money for charities and schools, are disappearing. For example, a girl’s lemonade stand in McAllen was shut down recently for failure to obtain a food permit.
It's a fight against being “regulated into oblivion,” said Josh Raffel, spokesperson for Glenn Beck. Raffel added that he couldn’t comment further on the overall message regarding the Cedar Hill event because he didn’t know enough about it.
- Babe's Chicken Dinner House
200 South Main Street
Cedar Hill, TX
- Age limit: All ages Free
The owner of Babe’s Chicken Dinner House who is hosting the event, Joel Vinyard, was happy to comment, however, encouraging kids to come out and set up lemonade stands for the day. “This is about kids,” Vinyard says, “kids learning to be productive."
It's not a city-sponsored event, Cedar Hill Public Information Officer Corky Brown said. “We are not taking an official position as a city,” said Cedar Hill Assistant City Manager Melissa Stephens Valadez. The Cedar Hill Police Department is handling traffic -- and there will plenty -- and Babe's is the official host.
“The Cedar Hill Police Department will be utilizing foot and bike patrols during the event hours, along with the Citizens on Patrol,” said Cedar Hill’s Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Steve Lafferty. “Additional parking has been designated at the Cedar Hill High School with a courtesy shuttle sponsored by Babe’s Chicken.”
While Babe's owner Vinyard says he doesn’t want to get into the politics of the event, he says he does believe in the entrepreneurial spirit of the event. Even Babe’s will be setting up their own bake sale and selling goods made in the restaurant.
A portion of proceeds go to the charity Mercury One.
Beck will also be signing copies of his latest book Cowards from 5-6 p.m.
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