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Brothers' fund-raising lemonade stand gets state recognition

Posted by L. Kim Tan  September 5, 2011 11:30 AM

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For four years, Jack and Eric Linari have sold lemonade for a cause from their Pirate Lemonade stand at the Dedham Farmers Market.

The first year, the boys, now 10 and 7, raised several hundred dollars for a new sign for the Gregory M. Riley Memorial Playground in Paul Park, near their home.

The next year, the brothers set up shop to raise funds for the town’s food pantry, earning a little more.

Last year they raised about $800 for the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham shelter. And this summer the boys raised $1,100 for The Pink Rose Foundation, a local nonprofit that gives scholarships to children who have lost a mother to breast cancer.

In honor of the foundation’s cause, the boys offered both pink and yellow lemonade at 25 cents for a small cup, and 50 cents for a larger one. Many visitors who bought a drink also made a donation to the group, which will award 10 $1,000 scholarships this year.

The Linaris’ efforts to help others have caught more than local attention.

“A couple of months ago, Senator Mike Rush, while deployed, sent them a letter commending their work,’’ said Scott Linari, the boys’ father. “Last month, he sponsored, and we received, a Massachusetts Senate proclamation recognizing what they have done. And about a week ago, they received a letter from Governor Patrick praising their efforts.”

More information is available at the boys’ Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jack-Erics-Pirate-Lemonade-Stand/132928533392593.

Michele Morgan Bolton can be reached at michelebolton@live.com.

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