By Heather McCarron; September 4, 2018, Country Gazette
State Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, enjoys grabbing a bite to eat at food trucks. He also likes to work at raising funds for local charities. Next week, he will put these two things together at State Rep. Shawn Dooley’s Fall Food Truck Festival. The event will take place at Lake Pearl, 299 Creek St., Wrentham on Thursday, Sept. 13, 5:30-9 p.m. It will benefit two local charities: The Random Smile Project and The Santa Foundation. “I was trying to find something different and fun, because it is hard to compete for people’s charitable contributions, so you really need to distinguish yourself,” said Dooley of the inspiration behind organizing a food truck festival. “And I personally love food trucks, so I thought that they would draw a big crowd.” It looks like he hit the nail on the head. Tickets are limited to 350, and 200 tickets were quickly sold in one week. With 150 tickets left as of Tuesday, anyone interested in partaking is encouraged to order tickets online as soon as possible. For $20, adult visitors to the festival can sample from all five food trucks that will be on site, while kids aged 13 and under can sample from three of the trucks for $10. Featured trucks will include GottaQ Smokehouse BBQ, Atomic Blonde Ice Cream, Juliana’s Catering, Paco’s Tacos and Ming’s Asian Street Food. The event will also include live music by The Pushbuttons. All proceeds will benefit the two selected charities. The Santa Foundation, based in Franklin, provides Christmas gifts and food for families in need. The Random Smile Project, also based in Franklin, provides what it describes as “a bridge of support to people going through difficult times. Families in need are provided with clothing, groceries, books, and toys through a network of local support.” Also, according to the organization’s website, “accessibility options for those in need are supplied through Random Smile Project’s construction and renovation projects like wheelchair ramps, handicap bathroom conversions and home repair.” The event is sponsored by Subaru of New England, CVS Health, The Preserve at Mill Pond, Plainridge Park Casino, Glen Meadow Apartment Homes, Custom Art Framing, DiPlacido Development Corp., and Plumb House. To purchase tickets to the food truck festival, visit www.randomsmile.org.
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