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   Largest Lemonade-Tulsa Chick-fil-A Restaurant sets world record

  TULSA, Okla., USA  -- In recognition of "National Lemonade Day" (Aug. 20), Chick-fil-A franchise Operator Arthur Greeno and his Eastside Market restaurant team members created a 839-gallon cup of lemonade, setting the world record for the Largest Lemonade.

The record-setting refreshment was mixed in a nearly 1,100-gallon fiberglass cup designed to resemble Chick-fil-A's signature foam cup and contained 1,050 lbs. (2,175 cups) of sugar, 580 gallons of water, 250 lbs. of ice and 11,730 Sunkist(R) lemons that yielded 145 gallons of lemon juice./ Chick-fil-A, Inc. (enlarge photo)

 "I'm extremely proud of my team members for all of their hard work, and I owe a debt of gratitude to those local businesses and individuals responsible for helping me achieve this ambitious goal," said Greeno of his World Record-setting feat. "The community truly came together and helped in countless ways to achieve this record, as well as to raise money for a worthwhile local cause."

 After official measurements were taken, the record-setting lemonade supplied several "Sunkist Take a Stand" lemonade stands set up outside the restaurant as a way to collect charitable donations to benefit Little Light House, a Tulsa-based developmental center serving young children with special needs, from birth through six years old. The lemonade stand fundraising goal of $10,000 was achieved on event day, with additional funds still coming in.

  "When Arthur approached us with the idea to pursue the World Record for the largest glass of lemonade, we were quickly won over by his enthusiasm and commitment to achieving this ambitious goal," said Sunkist representative Sarah Matejowsky.

   "We quickly coordinated the delivery of 108 complimentary crates of lemons [approximately 12,400 lemons] and helped spearhead Arthur's charitable efforts as part of our 'Take a Stand' initiative. We couldn't be prouder to be part of such a fun and worthwhile endeavor."

    Armed with a keen business sense, a work ethic forged during the Depression, and a personal and business philosophy based on biblical principles, Truett Cathy took a tiny Atlanta diner, originally called the Dwarf Grill, and transformed it into Chick-fil-A, the nationís second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain with more than $2.64 billion in sales in 2007 and currently more than 1,380 locations.  

   Thursday, August 21, 2008

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