PLAINVILLE — Fourteen-year-old Nico Fasold can hardly remember a time when he wasn’t raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation with his annual lemonade stand
“I can’t really process ten years, because that’s such a long time,” said Fasold, who will be setting up his stand in front of his home at 109 Northwest Drive for the tenth time on Saturdayfrom approximately 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A drive-through will be set up for those who want to make a donation, but can’t stay long.
Fasold, who will be a sophomore at Plainville High School next year, said what’s kept him going for so long is having the kids he’s helped through Make-A-Wish visit him at the stand.
“... when these Wish kids come back to the lemonade stand … it’s amazing,” he said.
Fasold and his family have enough supplies to make around 40 gallons of lemonade Saturday. Last year, he sold around 32 gallons.
In honor of reaching the decade mark, Fasold has some new items for sale, including snickerdoodle cookies, fritters, funnel cakes, popcorn and snow cones. All proceeds go to help critically ill children live out their “dream.”
Dozens of volunteers join the Fasold family to help keep everything running smoothly.
“We’ve had so many people reach out to us to volunteer,” said Kyle Fasold, Nico’s father.
The lemonade stand has raised around $86,000 over the past nine years – enough to fund over eight wishes, said Carin Buckman, communications manager for the Connecticut branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“I believe this is the single largest fundraiser run by an individual, and especially by a youth, in the state of Connecticut,” she said.
Father and son believe the success is due to the support from friends and neighbors.
“It’s really the community that does it,” Kyle Fasold said. “People want to be part of something special, and they know that this is special.”