St. Peters girl using lemonade stand to raise money for soldiers’ memorial

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ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) - If you need a cold drink during these hot summer days, you might consider a trip to a very special lemonade stand in St. Peters. The money being raised there goes to make sure troops who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice are never forgotten.

After looking at all the money Ella Mateja has raised, there’s no doubt her lemonade is popular. Her goal is to reach $12,000 for the Missouri Military Memorial Foundation. The war memorial will pay tribute to the more than 150 troops who’ve died in the first Gulf War.

“The soldiers have died and worked so hard to fight for our freedom,” she said.

Last summer, Ella raised $3,000; she’s pulled in another $3,500 so far this year.

Many of Ella’s friends are helping to make the whole thing a success and the Fort Zumwalt School District is also offering a lot of support.

“The kids helping is amazing; to see what kids can do, it just brings a positive light to what’s happening all over the world,” said Suzanne Mateja, Ella’s mother.

Ella plans on operating here lemonade stand through much of July. And she’s vowed to hold a fundraiser for a different charity every summer until she graduates high school.

For directions to the lemonade stand, visit, which will redirect you to the group's Facebook page.