PLAINVILLE — After helping a local boy battling illness travel to Disney World in March, Nico Fasold will be setting his lemonade stand up for a ninth consecutive year on Saturday.
“I just like the fact that it makes kids’ dreams come true,” said Fasold.
The proceeds for each cup of lemonade he has served since he was 4 has gone to the Make A Wish Foundation, with a total of nearly $70,000 raised to benefit six children.
Last year he served over 26 gallons, raising over $13,000 in one day, to allow Braden Shumbo, a childhood playmate of Nico’s, to travel to Disney World. A month later, he became the youngest resident to be presented with a proclamation from the Town Council.
The stand is held each year outside Fasold’s home at 109 Northwest Drive from 8 a.m. until around 2 p.m. This year his sister will be pitching in by doing face painting and temporary tattoos.
“They’re just amazed that we can raise so much in one day,” said Kyle Fasold, Nico’s father.
Each year some of the wish recipients have visited the stand.
“It’s amazing because you have an instant connection to them,” the elder Fasold said.
The police and fire departments have both paraded past in prior years, and volunteers have begun to help serve the lemonade and snacks. This year they expect between 20 and 25 volunteers, including a team from Kohl’s.
“If it wasn’t for the community, we wouldn’t be able to do nearly what we do,” Kyle Fasold said.