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Watch your step, here comes Cow Patty Bingo

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Although Celebrate Bandera is a couple of months away, it's never too soon to promote the hilarious fundraiser, the fourth annual Cow Patty Bingo.

On Wednesday, May 9, at the Crawford Nonprofit Resource Center, Mary Ann Robbins of the Bandera Community Foundation presented a $5,000 check to Brett Utterback of the Boys & Girls Club of Bandera County Board of Directors. The club was last year's recipient.

Cow Patty sponsors, Jim Barlow branch president of Hondo National Bank and Glenn Griffith, manager of Lowe's-Super S Foods, also participated in the presentation. Additionally, both Hondo National Bank and Lowe's Super S have agreed to sponsor Cow Patty Bingo again this year. Each will provide a $2,500 sponsorship.

After receiving the symbolic check, Utterback noted, "A big thank you goes out to the Bandera Community Foundation for the $5,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Bandera County." He said club had used the funds to purchase a Mobile Tech Lab (MTL) for the new club in Lakehills that has an average daily attendance of 49 children.

"The MTL is a portable, Internet-ready computer lab that includes laptop computers, scanner, software packages, a video camera and more.

The kids love it," Utterback continued.

Tickets for the 2012 Cow Paddy Bingo are currently available from any BCF board member or at the BCF Resource Center, 903 Main Street. Tickets are $20 each. The event winner receives $2,500 with $5,000 of the proceeds earmarked for a local nonprofit.

According to Robbins, who also serves as chairman of Cow Patty Bingo, proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic expansion.

The 2012 Cow Patty Bingo will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, in the parking lot of event sponsor Lowe's-Super S Foods. Festivities kick off at 9 am with breakfast tacos, music and door prizes. To be eligible for a door prize, participants must have purchased Cow Patty Bingo squares.

Although door prize winners must be present to collect their swag, the grand prizewinner does not.

At 10 am, a longhorn steer with a belly filled with fine alfalfa will be released into a pen that has been marked with a grid consisting of 500 numbers drawn within 2-feet by 2-feet squares. The holder of the number on which the steer drops his first cow patty will win the $2,500 prize.

There can be only one winner and a judge will determine - by intricate scientific calculations - which square has been graced with the largest percentage of cow pie. The judge's decision is final.

Of course, a second big winner will be the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic, which is currently conducting a capital campaign for expansion of the existing health clinic. This will enable clinic staff to continue to serve an ever-increasing number of patients.

To date the community clinic has raised $127,000. The $5,000 from Cow Patty Bingo will give directors sufficient funds to leverage the additional $225,000 needed to complete the project.

The Arthur Nagel Community Clinic provides free and low cost healthcare services to qualified Bandera County residents who would not otherwise have access to medical care.

Now in its 11th year, Celebrate Bandera serves as the primary fundraiser for the Bandera Community Foundation, now considered one of Texas' premier tourism boosters. With activities and events over a three-day period, the celebration attracts more than 20,000 visitors to this area. For more information about Celebrate Bandera, visit


For more information about the BCF, contact Robbins at 830-796-7761.

Pictured: The presenting of a really big check presents a perfect photo op as, from left, Glenn Griffith, manager of Lowe's-Super S Foods, Brett Utterback of the Boys & Girls Club of Bandera County; and Jim Barlow, branch president of Hondo National Bank, discovered on Wednesday, May 9. Mary Ann Robbins presented Utterback with the symbolic check from the Bandera Regional Foundation's 2011 fundraiser, Cow Patty Bingo, held in conjunction with Celebrate Bandera. Robbins serves as chairman of the fundraising event.