Suburban Lemonade Stands Raise Funds For Family Of Teen Killed In Car Accident

Bob Roberts
August 04, 2018 - 2:52 pm
Lemonaid for Lendinos

WBBM Newsradio/Bob Roberts


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Lemonade stands are set up at a dozen locations in Mount Prospect, Wheeling and Prospect Heights Saturday and Sunday to raise money for the family of a teen killed when her family’s SUV was rear-ended July 21 in Wheeling by a car going 107 miles an hour.

At Saint Emily’s Church in Mount Prospect, some arrived parched and paid their dollar donation.  Others have stopped, have given much more money and have told the volunteers to save the lemonade for those who are thirstier.

Volunteer Michele Frank says the original plan was for one stand.  She says volunteer Alvin Bohannon urged them to think big, open more stands and compete against each other.

Sixteen-year-old Alyssa Lendino died in the chain-reaction crash; her father Tony and 12-year-old sister Amanda were critically injured. Bohannon says Tony Lendino has been released from Lutheran General Hospital but remains along with wife and mother Michelle at Amanda’s bedside around the clock. Frank said Amanda was up in a wheelchair for the first time Friday and is making progress.

No arrangements have been made for Alysa’s funeral.  Bohannon and Frank say it will not take place until Amanda has been released from Lutheran General Hospital, in Park Ridge. Prosecutors have charged 30-year-old Adam Grunin, of Wheeling, with reckless homicide in the accident, which occurred at Milwaukee Avenue and Hintz Road.