At the "Heart Ball" in Seattle, Odette D'Aniello and Alyson Jones had the same thought: The Moveable Feast.
D'Aniello, a member of the Chambers Creek Orthopedic Guild (a charitable organization that benefits Mary Bridge Children's Hospital), and Jones, the events coordinator for the Tacoma Rainiers, started discussing food trucks.
Jones and her husband love the food truck scene that is conquering Portland right now. Meanwhile, D'Aniello owns a food truck for her bakery, Celebrity Cake Studio in Tacoma.
The black-tie affair around them benefited the American Heart Association.
While it was a great cause, they still wondered, "Why can't we do something to benefit Mary Bridge?" It would have to be local, and probably not black-tie, but most of all, it had to have food trucks.
Within a week, The Moveable Feast at Cheney Stadium was born.
"I hadn't done a fundraiser for the Orthopedic Guild this year," D'Aniello admitted.
"The Rainiers already do the annual golf tournament for Mary Bridge, so we have a great relationship," Jones said proudly. Mass emails were sent to local truck companies, and many RSVP'd.
"I think about half are South Sound, but then we have Seattle too," Jones said.
Between 15-20 trucks parked at Cheney Stadium on Sunday. There was Greek food from Athena's, Mexican from Josefina's, Cajun/Creole from Where Ya At, Jamaican at Jerk Station, fried meat pies at Fleishkuechle, Filipino Lumpias at Lumpia World, and more. "The vendors paid registration fees, then whatever was leftover from the costs will go to us," said Barbara Bartolatz-Littrell, community development coordinator for the Mary Bridge Children's Foundation. "Also, Forza coffee is donating all the proceeds from their root beer floats."
The ladies in the Forza truck reported 10 floats sold less than an hour after general admission. "Some (people) are just donating," one said, holding up a clear pitcher. It was half full of bills, and a $20 bill floated on top.
"Blue Bunny donated the ice cream, and Pepsi donated the root beer," Jones said.
"I have no idea how much we'll raise," D'Aniello confessed. "We're so happy everyone showed up. We hope to have it again next year."
She makes a path toward her cake-decorating booth.
"Two out of five dollars here goes to Mary Bridge," she states.
Gina, 16, decorated a small cake round with yellow and orange icing. "I'm not very good at it," she said self-consciously. But she wants to try it for Mary Bridge, otherwise, she says, "I wouldn't have been as excited to do it."
By the end of the day, D'Aniello's Bakery, Celebrity Cake Studio, donated $500 to her guild.
Some of the patons weren't aware their money was going to the hospital's programs. "Honestly, I didn't know it was going to them, but that's good," remarked one woman, chowing down on a lamb gyro from Athena's.
"The Rainiers will donate as well," Jones said.
The fans of the event on Facebook were so impressed they want it to come back next year.
"This event was awesome," Tricia OldElk Lewis wrote. "I propose it happens at least quarterly."
As of Wednesday, event organizers were still tallying up the final donation amount.