Meet the siblings who've organized a lemonade stand to raise funds for a children's hospital for 9 years
The Three Village Kids Lemonade Stand is back after having to scale way back last year during the height of the pandemic.
This is the ninth year that Maddie Mastriano and her brother Joseph have organized the fundraising event.
"It's so nice to have had this opportunity to even have nine years in a row, and if I were to look back at my 11-year-old self, I would not have thought it would have lasted this long," says Maddie Mastriano.
The event, which started as a neighborhood lemonade stand is now a big carnival-like event held at Murphy Junior High School. It raises money for Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
In addition to selling lemonade, the Three Village Kids Lemonade Stand sold chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, tacos from Dirty Taco and had raffles and music.
"It wasn't this big carnival-style thing that it normally is, we reduced it to a drive-thru last year," says Joseph Mastriano.
Joseph and Maddie's mom says she is so proud.
"And not just for Maddie and Joseph, but for all of these kids," says Laura Mastriano. "There's been over the years 1,000 kids in grades K-12 that have volunteered their time to be here for the children's hospital."
The event raised $31,000 Monday. To date, the lemonade stand has raised more than $109,000 for Stony Brook Children's Hospital.