Hot day, cool cause: Nico's Lemonade Stand in Plainville raises money to make children's wishes come true

Published on Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:02
Written by Michelle Jalbert

@MJalbertNBH

PLAINVILLE - Nico Fasold and his family had 50 gallons of lemonade at the ready Saturday as Nico’s Annual Lemonade Stand entered its 10th year.

Nico, 14, now entering his sophomore year of high school, started the stand at just 4 years old. For 10 years, he’s donated his earnings to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“I picked the Make-A-Wish Foundation because it helps kids’ dreams come true,” he said.

Nico aims to raise $100,000 before he finishes high school. And he only needs $18,000 more. Last year alone, he raised $12,000, more than enough to grant a wish, which usually costs $10,000.

His stand started small. The first year he raised $65.

The stand was impossible to miss. Three giant monster trucks stood next to tables selling snow cones, popcorn, baked goods, apple fritters and, of course, lemonade. Bright yellow canopies provided shade for visitors.

“For me, the most important thing is: if you look around, it’s the kids who are doing everything,” said Kyle Fasold, Nico’s father. “It’s just amazing… It’s grown exponentially throughout the years.”

Nico’s friends, as well as his sister, Gianna, and her friends, handed out cold cups of lemonade and snacks.

“He loves that it goes to helping kids,” Fasold added.

Nico’s uncles and his grandfather, Angelo Lastrina, also helped out. Lastrina came with four other Khol’s Cares of Enfield volunteers to make apple fritters.

He said it was Nico who inspired him to give back.

“Throughout life, whatever you have, you have to give back to the community,” he said.

Lastrina wasn’t the only one who found the youngest wish-granter in the history of Make-A-Wish Connecticut inspiring.

Joe Carilli Sr. said Carilli Brothers Motorsports has been supporting Nico for the past five years. They brought two of the three monster trucks and were also selling T-Shirts. They give the money they raise directly to families.

Carilli said Make-A-Wish is so important for kids and families because it can “help them forget what they’re going through for a time.”

Carilli said his youngest son, James, had leukemia, so he knew firsthand all the good the foundation does.

“We’ve been on both sides of the fence,” he said.

“Make-A-Wish Foundation is important to our family,” said Carilli’s oldest son, Joe Carilli Jr. “What Nico does is near and dear to us.”

When James Carilli was 7 years old, he used his wish to go to Florida for a week. Now, he gives back through his nonprofit, Drive to Survive.

“Make-A-Wish gives an opportunity to these kids to have that one amazing ‘wow’ moment,” he said.

Plainville police also turned out. They drove in with sirens blaring and lights flashing in support.

“We show up generally every year,” said Cpl. P.J. Buden, who is also Nico’s neighbor. “We love to support Nico and his goal.”

Officer Joe Accarpio said Nico is “such a young kid with such a big heart,” and is an inspiration for other kids.

Nico has granted eight wishes over the years. Most recently, he helped a Plainville boy go see “The Voice” live and helped another child go to a Boston Red Sox game.

Pam Keough, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut, said the foundation grants 250 wishes a year in the state.

“We can’t grant wishes without donations,” she said. “Events like this are key to amazing wishes.”

“Things like lemonade stands do make a difference.”

For more information, visit Facebook.com/NicosAnnualLemonadeStand.

Michelle Jalbert can be reached at mjalbert@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:02. Updated: Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:04.