Caribou girls open lemonade stand to benefit dad

Posted July 15, 2011, at 4:49 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — With the temperatures well into the high 80s, Jessica Butler and her younger cousin, Madison Harris, recently decided it might just be a good time to open up a lemonade stand.

“It was a nice day, so we came out and started,” Butler said one day last week. “We had a few customers and today we haven’t had any yet, but if we’re lucky, we’ll get our first one soon,” she said before swatting at an insect. “And the flies are pretty bad too.”

The two young entrepreneurs weren’t just out to make a bit of summer spending money for themselves. The real plan behind their selling lemonade and grape-flavored Kool-Aid was to raise funds to help out Jessica’s father, Curtis Butler, who has been diagnosed with stage three melanoma and will be undergoing treatments for the skin cancer in the near future.

“We’re just trying to raise money cause my Dad is out of work,” said Jessica Butler.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, there will be a benefit dinner and silent auction for Curtis Butler at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Caribou. The time for the event has not yet been announced.