Food trucks to raise funds for Project Purple

BEACON FALLS — Project Purple is hoping great food will raise money for a great cause.

Project Purple is hosting “The Great Food Truck Fund-raise” from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday on North Main Street.

Project Purple is a Beacon Falls-based nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds toward a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Project Purple founder and CEO Dino Verrelli said a portion of the street in front of the organization’s office at 94A North Main St. will be closed for the festival, which will feature  games, music and a wide selection of food trucks.

“I love food and a food truck festival is something that has intrigued me,” Verrelli said. “The last five years there has been a market for it. Throwing in the charitable aspect makes it more marketable.”

Verrelli said last week 11 food trucks that offer different food, including pizza, cupcakes, ice cream, tacos and doughnuts, have committed to the festival.

The event will kick off the Project Purple’s annual end of the year giving campaign, Verrelli said. Any money raised during this event, and throughout the campaign, will benefit the organization’s patient aid program, which is used to directly help patients battling pancreatic cancer.

“You can come have an ice cream and taco and help us raise money to fight this disease,” Verrelli said. “Beacon Falls is a great town. This is a great way to come down and spend a day with the family.”