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Frontier Town to host fundraiser for Buffalo Chip employees


CAVE CREEK – Local businesses, residents, and patrons are rallying to support the Buffalo Chip Saloon staff after a fire destroyed the restaurant last week.

Down the street from The Chip, the owners of Frontier Town are planning a barbecue fundraiser on Dec. 16, 4-9 p.m. 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,” said Marc Peagler, owner of Frontier Town.

The special fundraiser will feature hamburgers and hot dogs 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,” Casale said. “The Buffalo Chip was a 2015 Silver Buckle sponsor. They also hosted the kids’ 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.

For information about the list of toys suggested for donations or to volunteer, call (480) 488-3317 or visit

Frontier Town is located at 6245 E. Cave Creek Road.