Cow Pie Bingo Nov. 7 to raise funds for local schools

It may not be an udder day in paradise, but the Foothills Community Foundation is planning its inaugural “Cow Pie Bingo for PIE” fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Hogs and Horses, 6705 E Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek as a wacky way to help students in local schools while giving a lucky ticket holder a chance to win a lot of moola.

The event takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. where a crowd is expected to gather to cheer Curly, Jr., the beloved cow, as he roams the 560 square grid arena.

Tickets for a 2-by-2-square-foot cost $10 and the prize, of course, is all up to where Curly decides to “deposit.”

The ticket holder of Curly’s chosen square gets $500 or 20 percent of the take (whichever is less). If Curly doesn’t “deposit” in an hour, a winner will be randomly drawn.

“We’re looking forward to a fun afternoon, and the best part is that funds raised support our Partners in Education program, or PIE,” said Chris Winger, FCF president and CEO.

“We also want to thank John Holbrook for lending us his cow, Curly, who will be treated with the best care.”

FCF’s Partners in Education program designated $10,000 to two Teacher Vision Grant recipients for the 2015-16 school year, the fifth year of this particular type of grant.

The special grants enable local schools to pilot and adopt sustainable and transferable educational innovations that advance learning in the arts, mathematics, communications, information technology or the environment.

FCF is seeking donations to help fund next year’s Teacher Vision Grants. To donate or for more information, visit or call 480-488-1090.

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