Beardsley’s Cider Mill hosts lemonade stand to fight childhood cancer

It was a record year for the eighth annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard in Shelton.

More than $1,700 was collected on Sept. 14 and 15 at the establishment in White Hills.

Cider mill owners Christy and Dan Beardsley provided the location and lemonade, and their friends Barb and Keith Shuster coordinated the lemonade stand.

The Shusters helped to set up the stand and get child and adult volunteers to continuously staff the stand.

The cider mill will match the donations collected by the youngsters at the stand, so the total donation to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will be more than $3,400.

The charity foundation, started by a young girl battling cancer, focuses on childhood cancer.

Participating youngsters

There were 21 students who helped and they ranged in age from 7 to 14 years old. All attend Shelton schools. Several parents also assisted.

These student volunteers were:

Brandon Van Akin

Kathryn Arena

Samantha Atkinson

Patrick Devaney

Luke English

Natalie Ferris

Zoe Figueroa

Olivia Gill

Nick Heiden

Emily Manzo

Marissa Manzo

Shelby Offord

Kaleigh Panek

Ally Panek

Jeff Santos

Kristen Shuster

Ethan Shuster

Ryan Stachelczyk

Abby Turco

Kristen Willey

Aly Yakowicz