PLAINVILLE —The fundraiser Nico Fasold has held since he was four years old has grown into a tradition.
In addition to the 40 gallons of lemonade served Saturday, the stand on the front lawn of his Northwest Drive home offered monster trucks, an assortment of treats, face painting and visits from children who have had their wishes granted using the proceeds Fasold has donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Over $13,600 was raised this year, according to Nico’s father, Kyle Fasold.
“It feels so good to have support in the community,” said Nico Fasold, 14.
He was joined by over 20 volunteers, including friends.
“I’m glad that people can come together as a community to help the less fortunate,” said Darrel Gorneault, 16, a friend of Fasold’s.
Inside the family’s garage, volunteers toiled over fryers to keep a steady supply of fritters, funnel cakes and fried mac-and-cheese bites coming.
Each year a monster truck from Carilli Brothers Motorsports has stopped by the stand as part of their tour to raise cancer awareness. This year two trucks paid a visit for the 10th anniversary. They were joined by a third monster truck from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
9 and counting
Plainville resident Laura Seaton said it’s a tradition for her family to get some lemonade and make a donation to help children with serious illnesses have their wishes granted.
“It makes them feel good about themselves and gives them some independence,” she said. “It makes them feel happy.”
Carin Buckman, communications manager for the Connecticut branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said each wish costs around $10,000, bringing the number of wishes Fasold has made possible with his lemonade stand up to nine before this year. The stand raised about $86,000 in its first nine years.
“I believe this is the single largest fundraiser run by an individual, and especially by a youth, in the state of Connecticut,” Buckman said.