SaraRae Bartello sold more than $1,000 worth of lemonade and handmade beaded bracelets last July, bringing 342 Tim Hortons gift cards to the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office.
Actually, she brought a whole lot more than coffee and doughnuts through “Project SaraRae’s Lemonade Stand” in Honeoye. With the proceeds, she also brought treats for the police dogs in the sheriff’s K-9 Unit.
“She brought so much joy and enthusiasm to the Office of the Sheriff,” said retiring Sheriff Philip Povero on Friday.
So it was time to repay the favor.
SaraRae, a 9-year-old elementary school student in Gates, received special recognition during the Sheriff’s Office’s annual holiday awards ceremony.
Besides receiving a standing ovation, SaraRae also was presented a card and gift card from Corrections Officer Adam Broadwell and other deputies who donated as well as a plaque for her project, which was done in memory of her late cousin, Deputy Joshua Shaver, who was killed in a crash in May 2017.
The 342 cards she gave signify the number 342, which was Shaver’s radio identification number.
The award was a surprise, she said.
“It was an honor,” SaraRae said.