By S. Ohanesian:
Of the 372 gardens showcased at the 17th annual Garden Walk Buffalo this year, one was hosted by a 9 year old girl who set up a lemonade stand with a twist. Anne Cellini had a mission and she was psyched about it, her lemonade stand was going to raise awareness for the S.P.C.A., the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She had a handcrafted sign, a collection of stuffed animals to help represent her cause and a tip jar dedicated to her passion to protect animals.
With each glass of lemonade and pink lemonade she poured, she mentioned the S.P.C.A. and with her big bright smile and brought the attention of her thirsty guests to her sign. “I’m supporting the S.P.C.A because I want to help stop the cruelty that animals are subjected to,” she said intently. “I really want to help!” A quenched garden goer reached into his pocket and added a $5 to the pot… Anne Cellini’s big blue eyes widened as did her beautiful smile, “Thank you! Thank you!” she exclaimed. “It’s all for the animals!”
From 10am-4pm, for the duration of Garden Walk, Anne manned her table. As the floral pitchers of lemonade finished and the ice melted, she ran across her lush garden, into her home to get more refreshments and ice. Her friends were brought in on the mission also, to “advertise”, as she put it. Advertise? she is asked. Anne responds by saying its the only way to get the word out. Thus, periodically for intervals at a time, the girls would shout out: “Come and get it! Get your lemonade here!!”
In between pours, when the traffic was slow, Anne built pyramids with youthful pleasure by stacking up the plastic cups for the lemonade row by row, until a soft breeze would blow and bring it all down. This didn’t deter her good time though, Anne would just start building over again, she was having fun and raising money for a really good cause.
$94 in aid to the S.P.C.A. was raised, thanks to one little girl who figured out a way to make a difference for something she believed in.