BBQ fundraiser to benefit employees of Buffalo Chip Saloon

Fans at The Buffalo Chip Saloon on Feb. 6, 2011 when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV. A pretty big event in Cave Creek, attracted an estimated 6,000+ fans to both Harold's and The Buffalo Chip. (submitted photo)

Fans at The Buffalo Chip Saloon on Feb. 6, 2011 when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV. A pretty big event in Cave Creek, attracted an estimated 6,000+ fans to both Harold’s and The Buffalo Chip. (submitted photo)

A few days after the tragic Thanksgiving Day fire that burned down The Buffalo Chip Saloon, an iconic landmark in Cave Creek for more than six decades, town businesses, residents and patrons are rallying to support the popular restaurant’s owners and employees.

Down the street from The Chip, the owners of Frontier Town are planning a BBQ fundraiser 4-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Admission and parking are free, and proceeds from the barbecue, massages, a book signing and a silent auction organized by the non-profit The Scott Foundation will be donated to a Parkway Bank account dedicated to helping employees of The Buffalo Chip, according to a press release.

“Our goal is to help the more than 100 employees of The Buffalo Chip who just lost their income for weeks to come. Many of them have families to support, which makes it even more difficult during the holidays,” stated Marc Peagler, owner of Frontier Town, in the release.

The special fundraiser will feature hamburgers and hot dogs served by The Silver Spur Saloon for $15, with $10 going to the employee fund, live music starting at 4 p.m. with W. Alan Hall and The Cave Creek Legends Band, and more.

The massages will be $10 for 10 minutes, with all proceeds going to the employee fund.

In addition, Cave Creek’s best-selling author Tom Van Dyke will be signing copies of “A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale” with all profits being donated to the Buffalo Chip employee fund.

Pastor Steve Gilbertson, the pastor of the Church at the Chip, will be in attendance helping to coordinate a toy drive along with members of Cave Creek Pro Rodeo. This will be in addition to the toy drive being sponsored by Rural/Metro.

Traci Casale, president of Cave Creek Pro Rodeo, said she and the rodeo association jumped at the opportunity to help with the fundraiser.

“Larry Wendt and his employees have always been supportive of the rodeo,” Ms. Casale stated in the release. “The Buffalo Chip was a 2015 Silver Buckle sponsor. They also hosted the kid’s Mutton Bustin’ event and kick-off dance this year. We hope the community will join us in helping the employees, who have children ranging in age from a newborn to 20 years old.”

Pam DiPietro, executive director of the Foothills Food Bank, also will be at the event with volunteers to accept donations of non-perishable food items, personal hygiene and toiletry items and paper goods and help sign up Buffalo Chip employees who need assistance.

Frontier Town is a western-themed, family-friendly town that pays tribute to the miners, ranchers and cattlemen who settled in Cave Creek in the late 1800s. Located in the heart of Cave Creek at 6245 E. Cave Creek Road, Frontier Town is just minutes from north Scottsdale.

For information about the list of toys suggested for donations or to volunteer, call 480-488-3317 or visit www.frontiertownaz.com.

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