Food Trucks in the Valley at Shelton’s Riverwalk is a success for local charity

Food Trucks in the Valley on Sept. 18 at the Shelton Riverwalk raised about $5,000 for the Parent Child Resource Center (PCRC), which serves Shelton and the rest of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

The fund-raiser had started with the idea of having a few food trucks and children’s activities, but then it grew into something bigger.

“With food truck fund-raisers being a popular theme recently, the idea had a positive response,” organizers said of the turnout, estimated at 3,000 to 5,000 people during the course of the four-hour event.

Food trucks lined up along Canal Street, David M. Grant Caterers poured beverages, and WPLR-FM was stationed near the car show and kids’ activities. "The area was filled with families and friends from both near and far," organizers said.

Helping a good cause

Proceeds will support PCRC’s programs and services for clients facing severe emotional and behavioral issues, with most having experienced trauma, abuse and neglect.

“Most of the cases we see at PCRC are very difficult situations for the children and families in our community,” said Michael J. Wynne, PCRC chief executive officer. “We make sure that, no matter their financial circumstances, children with severe emotional and behavioral needs have a place where they are able to find treatment.”

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Almost two dozen food trucks

Participating food trucks were:

— Ben & Jerry’s

— The Buzz Truck

— Caseus Grilled Cheese

— Dad’s Food Truck

— DiSorbo’s Fried Dough Bakery Truck

— Grab Your Meatballs

— Firedog

— Firehouse Grill

— Fryborg

— Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes

— House of Bones BBQ

— Mamoun’s Falafel Cart

— New Haven Pizza Truck

— Pierogies on Wheels

— Spuds Your Way

— Super Softy/Magic Cone

— Szabo’s Seafood

— 3 Chicks Grille

— Vanchetta

Other offerings

Bricks & Barley Tavern and the Common Bond Market (with vegan and gluten-free options) had tables as well. Black Hog Brewing Co. donated its summer wheat ale brew and New England Cider Co. had a stand to dispense its hard cider. Red and white wine also were available.

Sound monitoring and equipment was provided by Main Street Music of Monroe. The live music included acts from both New Haven and Fairfield counties, such as

— Father Nelson and the Backsliders (rock and roll)

— Monster Eats Pilot (rock and roll)

— Quicksand Planet (alternative)

— Quit Your Day Job (jazz/funk)

Many vendors and activities

A wide range of vendors and activities complimented was offered.

Connecticut sports mascots enjoyed mingling with the crowd, including “B.B.” of the Bridgeport Bluefish, “Rocky” of the New Britain Rock Cats, and “Storm” of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Children’s vendors included:

— Bring the Hoopla

— CrazyFun Face-Painting and Body Art

— HAB Enterprises and Karen Levine with party goods

— Nikki’s Candy Boutique with sand art

— WaxWorx with make-your-own candles

Radio station WPLR, with their music and giveaways, was accompanied by Love CT, a tent that raises money and awareness for Connecticut nonprofit organizations. The Connecticut Post’s kiosk distributed free newspapers.

Sponsors and supporters

Event sponsors were:

— The Valley Community Foundation

— Ned Miller Agency, Shelton

— Avalon Shelton

— Bricks & Barley Tavern, Shelton

— In & Out Citgo Gas, Seymour

Other entities that made the event possible included:

— City of Shelton

— Shelton Parks and Recreation

— Shelton Police Department

— Shelton Public Schools

— Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club

— John J. Brennan Construction

— Ansonia Rescue

— Ansonia Public Schools

— Derby Public Schools

— Seymour Public Schools

— Dick Lupkus (local car show coordinator)