With a few weeks left of summer, Nicholas and Michael Gowarty have found just enough time in the season to put together a lemonade stand. Nicholas is hoping the business venture will bring in a conservative $500,000.
While the goal may seem a little high, most members of the community will be rooting the boys on to meet it, when they host the stand in front of their home at 356 N. Everett Ave., Scranton, on Sunday, August 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., after they hear what the money will be used for.
Nicholas, 8, and Michael, 11, will be donating all of the proceeds from the lemonade stand to the Hope for Hannah Rescue. The non-kill rescue rescues and places dogs in homes; supports the housing and medical care of foster dogs; sponsors dogs in need of veterinary care; and educates the public on rescues, puppy mills, the importance of neutering and current legislation.
"We want to raise money for the rescue, because they need food blankets, and supplies and medicine," said Michael.
Nicholas and Michael became aware of the rescue after adopting their dog, Cabela, from there eight months ago.
The Gowartys had been discussing adopting a dog for a while, and Heidi Gowarty, the boys' mother, said her sons were interested in rescuing a dog.
"They just wanted to basically give a dog a good home," said Heidi.
After making the decision, Nicholas and Heidi came upon Hope for Hannah's website, where they found Cabela.
"We saw her, they called her shy because she was very shy, and they said that she was very friendly so we adopted her," said Nicholas.
"We heard the stories that she went through, and it just broke our heart," added Heidi.
Heidi explained that Cabela's original owner kept her under a shed, didn't feed her and physically abused her.
As Nicholas said, when they brought her home she was very shy, but the family has seen a lot of progress in a short amount of time.
"The turnaround's been amazing," said Heidi. "We brought her home and she hid in the corner and we literally had to pick her up and put her on all fours to try and get her and walk outside, because she was afraid someone was going to walk out and hurt her, but now she's comfortable."
"It's just the perfect match," said Suzi Gilbert.
Gilbert is the president and founder of the Hope for Hannah Rescue. While working at another rescue she met Hannah, the bulldog the rescue is named after.
"She had been severely injured and neglected, and it was going to take a whole lot of money to save her life," said Gilbert.
"I really wanted to do that. It was quite an undertaking, and (it's) not that the other rescue didn't want her to be OK, but they really didn't want to commit that much time and effort to doing it, so I started my own rescue and basically spent every waking moment doing fundraisers for Hannah."
In addition to Hannah, Gilbert has found a number of dogs that need to be rescued, and enjoys being a part of success stories like the Gowartys'.
"I was so thrilled it worked out so well for them," said Gilbert. "It just shows what one person can do to help."
While the Gowartys have already made a difference in one dog's life, they are aware there are still a lot of dogs like Cabela who need help. They're hoping their fundraiser can help create more awareness of the rescue.
It's already created a positive stir in their own neighborhood, with the Scranton Police Department agreeing to block off the street for the event, a DJ is donating his time and service and the Gowartys' neighbors are donating baked goods to be sold.
In addition to the lemonade, which is on sale for 50 cents a cup, the boys will also be accepting monetary donations as well as supplies for the rescue.
Gilbert said she will also be in attendance on Sunday, with Hannah, to answer any questions anyone may have about the rescue.
The event will be held rain or shine.
For more information on the rescue, visit www.hopeforhannahrescue.org.
What: A lemonade stand to benefit the Hope for Hannah Rescue
Where: 356 N. Everett Ave., Scranton
When: Sunday, August 19, 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: 50 cents a cup