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Boy with famous lemonade stand takes pitch to Dunedin Blue Jays game

T.J. Guerrero made international headlines after a Dunedin neighbor tried to shut down the 12-year-old’s lemonade stand.


T.J. Guerrero made international headlines after a Dunedin neighbor tried to shut down the 12-year-old’s lemonade stand.

DUNEDIN — T.J. Guerrero, the 12-year-old entrepreneur whose controversial lemonade stand recently made international headlines, will sell to spectators during the Dunedin Blue Jays' playoff game today and donate the proceeds to charity.

The game starts at 6:30 p.m., and T.J. — a recent member of the D-Jays Baseball Camp — will throw out the first pitch.

Team general manager Shelby Nelson will be first in line to get a cup of the boy's lemonade. Profits will go to the Children's Organ Transplant Association, which provides fundraising assistance and family support for children and young adults in need of a lifesaving transplant.

T.J.'s neighborhood lemonade stand rose to fame last month after the Tampa Bay Times reported on a neighbor's efforts to shut it down.

"The Dunedin Blue Jays think that the work ethic of this young man is admirable," the team said in a news release.

The first 250 fans with a paid ticket will receive a limited-edition playoff T-shirt, and everyone in attendance will get a free movie ticket to Cobb Theatres in Clearwater if the Jays win.

For information, visit dun­ or call (727) 733-9302.

In another development, the neighbor who complained, Doug Wilkey, told a city official Tuesday that he closed his home-based business more than a year ago and would update his records with the state, said Dunedin planning director Greg Rice.

The city had received a tip that Wilkey had listed his home in March as the principal business address for an investment advice firm yet did not have a tax license.

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