SUMMIT, NJ - Ask anyone who had the good fortune to know her, and -- universally -- people will talk about Dawne Hausman's positive spirit, generosity and warmth. To put it simply, she was both brilliant and beloved.
So, when the 51 year-old wife, mother of three and entrepreneur sadly lost her battle with brain cancer September 2, a group of her daughter's friends channeled some of her mom's magic and decided to honor her memory in a way that -- one would imagine -- make Hausman proud.
As news of her passing reached the children in the community, a host of 6th grade classmate’s of Hausman’s youngest child, Lindsay, bonded together in support of their friend and each other, took some of Hausman's entrepreneurial energy, and formed a lemonade stand to raise money in support of Defeat Glioblastoma, a subsidiary of the National Brain Tumor Society, in her memory.
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The group of supportive, compassionate kids, dubbed 'The Lemonade Brigade', used big hearts and creative minds during a time of grief and -- over the course of three days -- raised $1,800. They have a more ambitious goal, to more than triple that amount and raise $5,000.
The bright smiling faces behind the concept include Lily Kaplan, Marrin Darcy, Jacqueline DellaSala, Charlie Daigle, Juliana Looney, and Caroline McCann, who were ably assisted by Henry Olson, Jack Barsh, Ava Pardo, Trevor Allen.
And there is more to the location, product-wise, than just refreshing lemonade. Lindsay Hausman, a passionate and accomplished baker, has been donating her own baked goods to sell at the stand.
Those wishing to support the efforts of the 'Lemonade Brigade' can look for the stand on weekends at Franklin Elementary School. They will also be out en force at their friend Lindsay's first home Summit Soccer Club U-12 Girls match, which will kick-off at Summit High School October 2 at 12:30 p.m.