PLAINVILLE â€“ Nico Fasold, the 14-year-old founder of Nicoâ€™s Annual Lemonade Stand, aims to raise $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation by the time he graduates high school.
The journey to $100,000 starts July 13, when the lemonade stand returns for its 10th year at Nicoâ€™s family home at 109 Northwest Drive. The stand will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there will be homemade lemonade, and people can make donations and purchase apple fritters, funnel cake, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones made by family and friends.
Nico Fasold, who will be a sophomore in high school this year, started the fundraiser when he was just 4 years old, and he has no plans to stop it any time soon. According to his father, Kyle Fasold, Nico wanted to have a lemonade stand and decided to donate the proceeds to the Make-a-Wish Foundation because â€śIt helps make kidsâ€™ dreams come true.â€ť
In his first year, Nico raised $65. In his second year, he brought in $801. In his third year he far surpassed his goal to raise $1,000 by collecting $5,051 that helped send a family to Walt Disney World. This made him the youngest wish-granter in the history of Make-a-Wish Connecticut.
After last year, he has raised more than $82,000. So far, he had granted eight wishes for children facing life-threatening medical issues. Recently, he has sought to grant the wish of a local Plainville Boy who wants to go see â€śThe Voiceâ€ť live, and another child who wants to see the Boston Red Sox play.
â€śI never expected it to get so big,â€ť Nico Fasold said. â€śIâ€™m really happy that people are still coming out and supporting me and helping me reach my goals.â€ť
Kyle Fasold said that it is great that the town had continued to generously support his sonâ€™s annual fundraiser.
â€śWe couldnâ€™t do it without the help of the community,â€ť he said.
One such community supporter, Dean Corriveau â€“ a friend of Kyle Fasold â€“ recently helped to put a sign up at town hall to help promote the event. Corriveau said that he has also mentioned the event to several close mutual friends who own businesses.
â€śItâ€™s great being part of such a tight-knit community that supports this amazing young man who is doing so much to help others,â€ť he said.
Nico Fasold has been honored for his efforts with a proclamation from The Plainville Town Council and a citation from the state General Assembly. In 2010 and 2011, Nico Fasold received Certificates of Appreciation from Make-A-Wish, and was also invited to attend a Make-A-Wish gala at Mohegan Sun in 2014. At the 2014 Gala, Nico Fasold was presented with the 2014 Youth Engagement Innovation Award.
â€śThey said that they have no idea how we do it,â€ť Nico Fasold said in 2018. â€śLast year I kept track of the cups that we used and we sold more than 300. Thatâ€™s about 26 gallons of lemonade. I was also told that their average fundraiser lasts three years. For this to be going as long as it has and for it to be as successful as it has is unheard of.â€ť
Make-A-Wish Connecticut usually sends monster trucks to pull up at Nicoâ€™s house, making it easy to spot. Nicoâ€™s Lemonade Stand is also usually visited and supported by the Plainville Police Department and Plainville Fire Department.
When they arenâ€™t raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nico and his sister Gianna play piano and swim competitively. They are also involved in the Plainville Youth Theater. Nico and Gianna Fasold are both honor students, and Nico Fasold also recently completed his first half-Ironman triathlon and says he is looking forward to vacationing in Canada this August.
Kyle Fasold said that the family is also interested in having a band play while Nicoâ€™s Lemonade Stand is open. Those who are interested should call him at 860-919-6831.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/NicosAnnualLemonadeStand.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.