The 4th Annual McCarthy Family Lemonade Stand is happening THIS Friday, Travers Eve, August 23rd from 2 to 10pm right in front of G. Willikers. This great family effort raises funds for pediatric cancer research, and local resident Paige McCarthy mans the stand with her family to help pour the lemonade in support of this incredibly worthy cause. Here is the interview I had with Paige about what inspired her and her family to start the stand.. Paige: After losing my sister, Kriss Lawless Damon, to cancer 8 years ago I kept looking for a way to give back in her honor. In 2010 I bought an Alex’s Lemonade at Putnam Market and read about this amazing organization on the bottle. I did some research and was so excited I started planning a stand right away. The story of Alex is so inspiring and I knew it was something my sister would have loved as well. The first year I was hoping to raise $500 and we raised $1,500!
My husband, Peter, and I believe it is important to give back in any way you can so having the lemonade stand is something our kids can really be involved with and feel good about. It teaches them to give back, helps keep Aunt Krissy’s memory alive and brings us together as a family. It is something we are all proud to do.
The community support just gets better and better every year. People remembered us from the year before and were excited to give again. Our family and friends have been incredible with their time and donations! G. Willikers was extremely generous in letting us have our stand outside their shop on the busiest day of the year! I was thrilled when they offered to help us and suggested Travers Eve. We raised $800 in 4 to 5 hours in 2011 there.
I urge you to stop by and help support this amazing cause. Let's help them beat their fundraising total from last year Saratogians! If you can’t make it you can still support their efforts online right here. xoxo