The air isn’t crisp and the leaves are still green, but according to the calendar, it’s about to be autumn in Frisco. Around here that means a lot of family-friendly festivals, pumpkin photo ops, and trick or treating events.
Of all the fun things to do this time of year, there’s one event in particular that you really shouldn’t miss.
It’s possibly the most important thing you’ll do this season.
The Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation is hosting its third annual Gold Party, followed by the ninth annual Newman Village Lemonade Stand. The two events have become an annual tradition for many local residents, with something for everyone to enjoy, and a variety of ways to get involved.
What is this annual tradition all about?
The Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation was founded in memory of 8-year-old Jonny Wade shortly after his passing. Despite the circumstances, Jonny believed he could make a difference for other children affected by cancer and made a selfless wish to his parents: “I don’t want any other kid to have cancer.”
In the United States, Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death for children under the age of 15. Kimberly Wade, Jonny’s mother and founder of the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation, shared,
We’re so grateful for the support of the Frisco community for making Jonny’s wish their own. If only one other person hears Jonny’s story and is made aware of the importance of finding a cure for pediatric cancer, then we’re making a difference.
Here’s how you can “go gold” with us.
On the evening of Saturday, September 28 from 7 pm – Midnight at Verona Villa, Gold Party attendees will enjoy cocktails, heavy appetizers, live entertainment, a live and silent auction, and networking with approximately 500 influential supporters of this important cause.
Tyler Clutts, formerly with the Dallas Cowboys, and Ashley Miller, Frisco advocate, will kick off the evening’s festivities.
The event is first and foremost to support an important cause but naturally, it also serves as a special night out for many Frisco residents. (When was the last time you had an excuse to put on that cocktail dress or suit and tie?)
How about a refreshing glass of lemonade?
The following day, Sunday, September 29 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, the children of Newman Village will set up their lemonade stands to sell ice-cold lemonade and homemade treats. Local sponsors and community supporters will be present to add to the joy and success of the day.
It was nine years ago that two young brothers, Morgan and Maddox Paterson, started the Lemonade Stand fundraiser in Newman Village. They simply wanted to be a part of kids helping kids.
Today, Morgan and Maddox’s simple lemonade stand has become one of Frisco’s favorite community-wide fundraisers. Last year, the Newman Village Lemonade Stand had more attendees than ever before and raised almost $20,000 for the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation.
DETAILS AT A GLANCE:
Gold Party at Verona Villa: Saturday, September 28, 2019. 7:00 pm – Midnight
Newman Village Lemonade Stand: Sunday, September 29, 2019. 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm