Local Entrepreneur Seeks To Raise $250,000 For Little Light House
10-year-old Tulsa native Keith Boyd has a goal to raise $250,000 for the Little Light House using a business plan that he wrote with his eyes.
Keith was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth and is unable to walk or talk on his own. Keith communicates using his eyes to focus on letters that appear on a computer screen that are turned into words and the computer relays the message out loud.
Keith started his lemonade sale two years ago to generate enough money to buy a toy he had his heart set on. To his surprise, he raised enough money to buy the toy and had money left over that he donated to The Little Light House, where he attended school.
After hearing Keith's story, local Chick-fil-A store owner, Arthur Greeno, introduced Keith and his family to other successful, local entrepreneurs. The team came together to formally create Keith's Ice Cold Lemonade Stand.
"When I first met Keith, he brought me his detailed business plan for his lemonade sale. His entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to do whatever it takes, regardless of his circumstances, inspired me to help make his dream a reality," says Greeno.
Under the direction of Keith, the team has now developed a business plan where local sponsors can buy 5-foot acrylic replica lemonade cups to place in front of their business to let the community know that they will be serving destinations for Keith's Ice Cold Lemonade Sale each Wednesday this summer.
Sponsorships start at $10,000 and Keith's goal is to get 20 local sponsors to participate. Lemonade will be offered for a donation at the lemonade stands and proceeds will benefit the Little Light House.
Tulsa area Chick-fil-A franchises are donating the lemonade and creating exclusive cups that will sell for $100 at the lemonade stands and used for unlimited refills at any Tulsa area Chick-fil-A through August 20, 2014.
"We are so thankful for Arthur Greeno introducing us to such an amazing group of people that are helping build Keith's Ice Cold Lemonade Sale. We feel very blessed to have people in our community who are giving their time and talent to help the Little Light House," says Keith's mother, Erin Boyd.
For more information, visit http://www.keithsicecoldlemonade.com/