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August 21, 2013

Boy whose lemonade stand was robbed honored

JOHNSTOWN — Ten-year-old Anthony Sanders has an entrepreneurial spirit.

Anthony set up a lemonade stand in Moxham last month to raise money for a PlayStation when a 12-year-old boy pointed a BB gun and robbed him of $30.

Anthony wasn’t frightened or intimidated.

“Nope, not at all,” he said.

The next day he was back on the street selling his lemonade, his dad, Milik Satterwhite, said.

“I’m like, wow,“ he said. “I’m proud of him.”

St. Francis University School of Business Enactus chapter on Wednesday honored the East Side Elementary School student with the Young Emerging Entrepreneur Award. A few dozen people attended the ceremony at the corner of Bond Street and Cypress Avenue near the lemonade stand.

“We’re not here to focus on the young man who robbed him or to characterize Anthony as a victim of crime,” said Randy Frye, dean of the business school.

“What this is about is entrepreneurship,” he said. “Entrepreneurship is having the courage to start a business, have a product and promote your business on the street. For a 10-year-old, that’s amazing.”

Enactus President Jake Markley and Vice President Leah Kessler presented Anthony with a plaque, an Entrepreneurs guide book and gift certificates. The award-winning Enactus chapter is a student organization promoting entrepreneurial leaders.

City police said at the time the 12-year-old boy threatened to shoot Anthony if he didn’t hand over the money. They got into a wrestling match over the money box and the robber fled, but not before trashing the lemonade stand.

Three other children, ages 8, 10 and 13, witnessed the incident and helped police track down the boy, who was expected to be prosecuted in the juvenile court system.

“This is not a story about about how commerce overcame crime,” said Frye, who was raised a few blocks away and operated a family Sunoco service station.

“It’s about how a community comes together and recognizes a young man for what he’s done,” he said. “This is the beginning of what I hope is going to be a very successful career in business.”

Anthony said he intended to earn about $400 to buy a PS4.

“Instead of sitting around being lazy this summer, I wanted to save up money,” he said. “That was my goal this summer.”

His dad said Anthony saved a few hundred dollars.

Anthony said his business plan includes someday becoming a chef.

“I’ll start out small with a soup kitchen and work my way up to the top,” he said.

Frye encouraged him to take his passion for business and extend it to all aspects of his life, including family, friends and community.

“This is a milestone for you,” he said.

The award presentation was made possible with the cooperation of Officer Erin Kabler and the Johnstown Police Department.

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