Foothills Food Bank To Accept Check Donations On Behalf Of Buffalo Chip Employees

Adopt-a-Family donors also needed for Buffalo Chip employee families

The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, a 501c(3) organization, has been named to accept check donations on behalf of the Buffalo Chip Employee Fund. The donations can be deposited directly at Parkway Bank, at Foothills Food Bank or during a fund-raiser planned for December 16, 5pm, at Frontier Town, 6245 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. All monetary donations will benefit Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse employees and their families who were impacted severely by the tragic fire that decimated the historic restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. According to Larry Wendt, owner of the Buffalo Chip, all check donations will directly benefit the restaurant’s families. Parkway Bank is located at 6300 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. Foothills Food Bank is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek.

Foothills Food Bank also seeks holiday Adopt-a-Family donors for the children and families of the than more than 100 Buffalo Chip employees who suffered upon the restaurant’s closing following the fire.

Executive director Pam DiPietro says the food bank is working to provide gifts, holiday meals and hope for the families in need. Anyone can participate in the effort. To request a donor sign-up form, email or pick up a form at Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. Checks for the Adopt-a-Family effort are payable to Foothills Food Bank.

Cave Creek’s Frontier Town To Host Fundraiser For The Buffalo Chip Saloon

buffalochipA 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 on Wednesday, December 16, from 4-9pm. 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.

“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,” says Marc Peagler, owner of Frontier Town.

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 4pm 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 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,” Casale says. “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.

Many other organizations are lending their support to coordinate the fundraiser. 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 East 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

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