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Tuesday, July 3, 2007
SDX Awards: Television Documentaries: Other Markets

Winners: Larry Mendte, Mike Henry, Jonelle Fabian and Andrea Korff, CBS 3 Philadelphia

by Jim Poyser

This wrenching and inspirational documentary told the story of a girl, Alex Scott, who started a national movement before she died at the age of 8. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer as an infant, and as she grew up watching other children suffer in the pediatric ward, she decided to help them.

At the age of 4, she started a lemonade stand. In so doing, she taught children across the country through her act of philanthropy. As of earlier this year, Alex’s legacy and legion of lemonade stands have raised over $10 million.

Judges said they “fell in love right away” with the story that “makes viewers feel they want to do something for humanity.”

The documentary, the judges continued, “used access to Alex’s parents, other parents, doctors and video from other markets to give us a more complete understanding of Alex’s impact on others. Well shot, well edited; held interest throughout.”

Writer/director Larry Mendte, producer Jonelle Fabian, editor Mike Henry and photographer Andrea Korff put countless hours into the project. “We all believed in the story and cause so much, it didn’t seem like work at all. … We are proud to be the ones who get to spread the story of Alex Scott.”

They noted that to “get close to the story of a little girl, who faced with death saw beyond herself to help others, can put your life in perspective.

Who among us has the right to be selfish, self-involved or even complain after hearing the story of this amazing little girl?”

The documentary makers plan on creating a “bigger and better documentary this year. This is now a lifelong commitment not only from [us] but from CBS 3 (KYW-TV) to help the legacy of Alex Scott live on and live strong.”

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