Women’s Soccer Team uses food trucks to fundraise

Photo courtesy of @rcnjwsoccer, Instagram

The women’s soccer team hosted their Food Truck Festival at the athletic field parking lot last Saturday, featuring food trucks from popular food vendors, a DJ, craft vendors, face painting, pumpkin painting and lawn games. Regular admission was $5, but for children ages 12 and younger, admission was free.

Carr Marketing & Associates, a special events and fundraising marketing firm specializing in food truck fundraisers from Cranford, New Jersey, co-hosted the festival.

The fundraiser appeared to be a huge success and an enjoyable day. Partly cloudy with cool tempteratures, it was the perfect fall weather for students, parents, families and friends to enjoy the food and activities outdoors.

All attendees were given two raffle tickets to win 12 tickets to a suit for a Rockland Boulders game, valued at $500, as well as four tickets to a New York Red Bull’s game for the 2018 season donated by the team.

Participating food trucks included Empanada Guy, Taco Shelly’s, Carnival Concessions, Big John’s, Gourmet Burgers, Cheezn, Oink and MOO, Sip and Swirl, Rollin Dough Pizza, Callahan’s Hot Dogs, Shish Kabobs and Waffle De Lys. There also were Kids’ Zones where there were games including KanJam and Corn Hole Toss.

The most popular food trucks with a steady line of customers appeared to be Taco Shelly’s, Callahan’s Hot Dogs and Sip and Swirl. Sip and Swirl was especially popular with the young children, as children were often seen walking around with ice cream cones or begging their parents to buy them ice cream.

Participating craft vendors included Hazel Boutique, Pampered Chef, Ivy Rehab PT, LuLaRoe, Paparazzi Accessories, Debbie’s Doggie Delights, Stateline Soccer, PST Training, Sue’s House of Fudge and Touchstone.

The fundraiser was organized by Samantha Hirsch, the assistant coach of the women’s soccer team. All proceeds will go toward the improvement of team operations.

“We are trying to raise funds for our team, to buy equipment, clothing, for anything extra we need for the team. We are planning to go on a trip and we can use the money for that,” said Hirsch.

The team worked together, running the ticket stands, water stands and various activities.

“All of the players are working today to help with the event”, Hirsch said. “They helped to promote it, [and] actually, one of our players introduced us to the person who got all the food trucks.”

The fundraiser was originally scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29, but was rescheduled due to the expected heavy rainfall.