Lemonade stand at Shelton cider mill boosts charity

The ninth annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help fight childhood cancer at Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard in Shelton raised more than $3,000.

The fund-raising effort took place on the weekend of Sept. 13 and 14. Proceeds are given to the nonprofit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).

The event’s goal was to increase community awareness about the foundation, have people enjoy some lemonade, and raise money for a good cause.

During the weekend, 100% of lemonade donations and a portion of the cider mill’s profits from regular sales were sent directly to ALSF. Beardley’s is on Route 110 in White Hills.

Keith and Barb Shuster organized the lemonade stand, with assistance from other parents.

Participating students were Kathryn Abissi, Kathryn Arena, Patrick DeVaney, Collin and Luke English, Natalie Ferrante, Nick Heiden, Emily and Marissa Manzo, Alli and Kaleigh Panek, Jeff Santos, Ethan and Kristen Shuster, Oliver Beardsley Stites, Abby Turco and Kristen Willey.

Nationwide fund-raising movement

The ALSF has evolved from a young cancer patient’s front-yard lemonade stand to a nationwide fund-raising movement.

Alexandra “Alex” Scott, despite her declining health, had hosted an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research prior to her death in 2004.

Following her inspirational example, thousands of lemonade stands have been set up across the country by children, schools, organizations and businesses, raising over $80 million.