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Graham Bunn and Bachelor Friends Rally for Alex’s Lemonade Stand: “She Was a Light” — Exclusive

Being a member of Bachelor Nation is kind of like being part of an enormous, good-looking, dysfunctional family. The only difference? At these family reunions, partying hard and hooking up with distant family members is totally A-OK.

This Sunday, however, several are convening in NYC for a much nobler reason than booze and hormones. They’re coming to NYC to support Graham Bunn – alumni of both Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad –as his company, 46NYC, holds an event for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charity that raises money and awareness for kids with pediatric cancer.

Graham’s RSVP list is an impressive one. If you show up on Sunday, you’ll have the chance to meet Ashley Spivey, Rachel Truehart, Jaclyn Swartz, Jenna Burke, Chris Bukowski, Ryan Bowers, Ashley Hebert, JP Rosenbaum, Sarah Newlon, Michelle Money, Ed Swiderski, Bob Guiney, Reid Rosenthal, Jamie Otis, Craig Robinson, Donna Zitelli, William Holman, Marissa May and Dave Mallet among others. (If you don’t live in the area, don’t worry. We’ll be posting photos ASAP!)

But just because it’s for a good cause, doesn’t mean the event won’t be a kick ass time. We spoke to Graham about why he feels so strongly about the foundation and what his guests on Sunday will be in for!

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Wetpaint Entertainment: So give us the lowdown on the event...
Graham: Sure, we’re going to be at Merchant’s Gate near Columbus Circle in Central Park this Sunday. From 1 – 5 pm, we’ll be giving away free lemonade and talking to people about where the money raised by Alex’s Lemonade Stand goes. The foundation funds everything from research to helping young patients have a better quality of life.

We’ll also be accepting donations. Every penny we make will be going straight to the foundation. People can come by and put in a quarter, a dollar, twenty or whatever. We’ll take it.

What is it about Alex’s Lemonade Stand in particular that drew you in?
Alex’s story just really affected me. She was four years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. She told her parents she wanted to make a lemonade stand to raise money to help other kids like her. Before she died, she raised over a million dollars.

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So in a way, a four year old is your role model?
Absolutely. She was a light. Before she died, she managed to change the world. I think that’s amazing. I definitely look up to her.

The turnout from Bachelor Nation you’re getting is amazing. How does it make you feel?
I’m insanely flattered and humbled. It just makes me believe even more firmly that I’m doing the right thing. We’re all so fortunate, because of the shows, to have this platform. I don’t want to take it for granted. I want to use it to better other people’s lives.

And what’s this we hear about a Bob Guiney concert the night before?
Ha! Bob and I are really close friends. He’s definitely my closest friend from the franchise. So on Saturday at 5 pm, we’re all going to gather at Prohibition on the Upper West Side. Bob’s going to perform and I’m going to have a chance to talk to everyone about what Alex’s Lemonade Stand is all about. When they speak with people about it on Sunday, I really want them to know why they’re there.

But it’s open to the public, so everyone’s invited!

09.21.2012 / 10:43 PM EDT by Beth Sobol
Related: The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, Graham Bunn, Michelle Money

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