Nico's Lemonade Stand draws a crowd in Plainville

Published on Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:44
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

PLAINVILLE - Nico Fasold doesn’t run your average lemonade stand.

The stereotypical image one might conjure up when thinking of a 12-year-old selling lemonade on the side of the road doesn’t do the young man any justice. Nico’s endeavor goes far beyond raising a couple of dollars to buy himself a new toy or pair of sneakers.

“We’ve sent two kids to Disney, a Disney cruise, Legoland and gotten someone a pool,” he proudly said on Saturday, during his eighth annual Nico’s Lemonade Stand outside his Northwest Drive home.

“It feeIs great,” the 12-year-old said, adding that he gives all the money generated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization devoted to granting the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. “I feel empowered.”

Nico’s fundraiser each year raises about $14,000, he said, and the goal this year was to hit $15,000. It’s a far cry away from the $65 he raised the first year.

Each year now, cars line up and down the street while Nico is busy filling cups with ice-cold lemonade. The event has also been expanded to include apple fritters, funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones. Also, on the lawn adjacent to the home sits a giant monster truck for children to see and stand beside for a photo.

Bristol resident Cheryl Assis on Saturday said she knows Nico’s mother and has come to her son’s fund-raiser each year. She has watched it grow into the spectacle that it is today.

“It’s for a great cause,” Assis said, with her two young children beside her. “It’s terrific.”

Nico, she said, “is very innovative and creative. He’s a great kid.”

Shem Skalski said he heard about the lemonade stand last year and decided to come back to support the cause.

“It’s a great cause and we like to support Nico too,” said Skalski, who came with his wife, Violette, and the couple’s daughter, 2-year-old Lydia. “I think it’s amazing how someone so young could have an understanding that there are other kids out there suffering. And he’s so anxious and willing to help.”

Nico, Violette Skalski said, “is a great role model for young kids to think about other children in need.”

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain, Plainville on Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:44. Updated: Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:46.