The Second Annual Food Truck Palooza on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 was a truly perfect event: perfect weather, perfect volunteers, perfect event chairs, perfect family activities and of course, perfect food.
“The time to visit with friends, meet new friends, listen to music, watch a magic show AND eat delicious food on such a beautiful day was a great thing for the Temple Shalom community and to all those who attended,” said Temple Shalom President Aric Stock.
Over 4,000 people attended this family friendly community event. While parents enjoyed great music and delicious food, children of all ages enjoyed free popcorn, cotton candy, airbrush tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, caricatures and more.
A highlight of the day was the B&G Letter Campaign brought by the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) to raise awareness and advocate about the issue of hunger in North Texas. NTFB, in partnership with the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, hopes to encourage social media promotion and motivate members in the community to raise their voices and give their time and resources to not just fill tables, but improve the lives of hungry North Texans and make a BIG difference in the issue of hunger. Children and adults of all ages posed with the B & G letters and put them on Facebook for friends and family to see. Proceeds from the event benefitted the North Texas Food Bank.
This was an incredible day of people working together to make a difference. Temple Shalom’s Senior Rabbi Andrew Paley said it best: “For me, this event exemplifies the very best that a temple community can offer, and I am so proud of the excellence of Temple Shalom. What we strive for, every day, is to be a place for meaningful gathering, as we seek to fulfill our historic calling as a temple. This wonderful event brought together members of congregations from all walks, from every age and from every ability.
“Co-chairs Murray and Michelle Swanger, Robyn Young and Brandy and Mark Wayne were brilliant in bringing us all together for this great day! This was both a fun event for us, and a way to be a part of our great city as well. Letting the wider community know we are here and we have something special to offer in partnership and collaboration with the leading helping organizations in Dallas, like the North Texas Food Bank, is an important part of what we do and who we are. I hope those who attended had as much fun in eating and helping those in need as we did,” he continued.
Thank you to the hardworking volunteers and sponsors: Munn & Morris Financial Advisors, The Protas Family, North Texas Food Bank, Starwalk of Dallas Party Rentals, Gold Metal Recyclers, Cindi’s NY Delicatessen, Antebi Landscaping, Advocare, Echo Environmental, Sustainable Management, California Pools, BMS Sales, Morgan Stanley, Bio Game and Cube Solutions.