An Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Truck will be in Owensboro on Monday for a fundraiser, with some of the proceeds going to local nonprofit Friends of Sinners.
The pretzel truck will be stationed at 2645 Frederica Street (in front of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Proceeds will help with the general operating fees for Friends of Sinners.
“This is a big deal for us. Fundraisers and monthly donors are how we keep our doors open,” said Jordan Wilson, Development Director at FOS. “Knowing that we have support not only within Owensboro, but also outside of Owensboro just reminds us that the work we do is being appreciated. We hope that the community will come buy a pretzel and meet some of our clients. That way they will be able to see exactly who they are supporting.”
The truck is family owned and operated, and is based out of Elizabethtown. Co-owner Samantha Hardesty said they started the business last February and have found success in their first year despite the pandemic.
“We are very hands-on owners,” Hardesty said, noting they take pride in providing great service. “It’s truly family owned and operated. We’re very active on the truck.”
Hardesty said they take pride in working with nonprofits to help raise funds. In their first year, they’ve already donated nearly $35,000 to nonprofits across Kentucky and southern Indiana.
Monday’s event will be the first stop in Owensboro for their pretzel truck. Hardesty said they are glad to kick off their Owensboro efforts with Friends of Sinners.
“We look for people that are good fundraising partners,” she said. “They are in need of the funds, but they have a certain mission that they are on as well. It just made sense for that to our first partnership because of what they offer to the community and their desire to help others both physically and spiritually.”
Friends of Sinners is a Christ-centered residential substance recovery program whose mission statement is “focusing on the restoration and reconciliation of men and women to Christ through biblical truths, accountability, and life skills. Through this, we are transforming individuals into positive contributors to society.”
Hardesty said they are always open to partnering with new nonprofits, as they don’t limit themselves to working with the same rotation all the time.
Hardesty said they also provide catering for businesses. Nonprofits or other businesses interested in working with or ordering from the Elizabethtown-based Auntie Anne’s can contact them via Facebook.
“I think this is going to be the first of many stops,” she said of returning to Owensboro. “We’re excited about growth, but we’re also excited to be able to help other organizations that a lot of times do get overlooked when it comes to fundraising. A lot of times people don’t just donate, so whenever we do fundraisers it’s really exciting for everybody.”