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Kids run lemonade stand, inspire significant Golden House donation

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The "Gold Ribbin' BBQ Fest" barbeque competition this weekend will raise thousands of dollars to help heal victims of domestic abuse, a cause children from a Grand Rapids, Michigan, barbeque team aim to support with their entry fee.

"They chose to raise $500 in pledges for the Golden House, so their children said, 'Mom and Dad, we want to run a lemonade stand, and we'll help raise that money,'" said Golden House Board of Directors VP Steven Krueger.

"They set up the lemonade stand, they worked all weekend, and it poured all weekend and they only had $8," said barbeque competitor Tim Shopp.

"They were a little disappointed. They only raised $8. Me being a proud father, I posted it on Facebook," said Josh Hance, the parent of the kids trying to raise money.

"He had put on Facebook how proud he was of his two kids for the work that they put in for the 8 bucks, and I said I'd match it," Shopp said, "and I challenged all the other teams that were coming to match it, and it just snowballed from there."

"I pretty much lost a day of work. My phone was just going; it was non-stop all day," Hance said.

"It grew and grew and grew, and it is well over $2,000 now," said Krueger.

"My son actually started to tear up a little bit, just from the overwhelming disbelief," said Hance.

The initiative of 11-year-old Ethan Hance and his 7-year-old sister Alex eventually inspired a total of $2,300 in donations for Golden House.

"You know we post things about our kids all the time, you know report cards and stuff. It was just another one of those posts, you know? Bragging about my kids, and that's all it was. I never thought anything of it, never thought anything would happen," said Hance.

Ethan and Alex's parents say for their children it was never about the recognition.

"They don't want the attention, which is even better because they did it for the right reasons and not just to gain attention," their dad said.

The 42 barbeque teams set to compete agree these kids have something to be proud of.

"Their hard work paid off. They may not see it right away, but eventually they'll see what their hard work did," said Shopp.

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