Congdon’s After Dark, New England’s first daily food truck park, will host weekly fundraisers as part of its inaugural “Tithing Tuesday” program.
The food truck park has become a popular destination for thousands of visitors from near and far, hosting up to 10 different food trucks every evening outside of the famous Congdon’s Doughnuts Family Restaurant & Bakery on Route One in Wells, ME Entering its third season, Congdon’s After Dark began the year by hosting two fundraisers, raising over $20,000 for the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk and My Pal Spencer/Cure Sanfilippo Foundation.
Congdon’s owner Gary Leech said the first two fundraisers were so successful, his family immediately started trying to think of ways to expand it.
“The park has really become a place for community,” said Leech. “The open picnic table seating has created an atmosphere where locals interact with tourists, kids interact with older folks, foodies interact with beer enthusiasts. It’s just a lot of fun. So, to us, it just made perfect sense to use the space to give back to the community.”
As part of the program, each food truck at the park will give 10% of their proceeds from the evening to the organization. Each organization will have volunteers on hand to talk about the work they do and help in the park. The groups will also be allowed to hold silent auctions, raffles, and collect donations.
More than 30 organizations applied for the nine dates, which were narrowed down to the schedule below:
- June 26 (rain date) – The Center for Grieving Children (Portland, ME)
- July 2 – Another Chance Animal Rescue (Sanford, ME)
- July 9 – Kennebunk Elementary Parent Teacher Association (Kennebunk, ME)
- July 16 – North Berwick Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts (North Berwick, ME)
- July 23 – Congregational Church of Wells (Wells, ME)
- July 30 – The Dempsey Center (Portland, ME)
- August 6 – Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine (Portland, ME)
- August 13 – Rett’s Roost (Ogunquit, ME)
- August 20 – Wells High School Music Boosters (Wells, ME)
Leech said he came up with the name “Tithing Tuesday” based on the long-held practice of tithing, which is to donate 10% of earnings to an organization. While it is typically associated with religious groups, he said the focus of the program is to contribute to organizations that make positive contributions to the local community.
Congdon’s After Dark is open every day from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. or later (depending on turnout). After Labor Day, the park will be open on weekends until Columbus Day. The park will host 30 different food trucks this season, featuring a wide variety of cuisines, with lineups changing every day.
The rain date for each Tithing Tuesdau will be the following day.
For more information, including food truck schedules, are available at www.cadfoodtrucks.com.