Pilot Club raising funds

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Troy Pilot Club is hosting somewhat of an unusual fundraiser. It involves a cow, a grid and a pie – a cow pie – to be exact.

Tracie Davis, club vice president, laughingly said the fundraiser is being billed as the Pilot Plop and is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Troy Sportsplex.

“The way the Pilot Plop will work is that we’ll fence off an area and draw squares inside the area,” Davis said. “Each square will be ‘purchased’ for $20. On the afternoon of the Nov. 1, we’ll bring in a well-fed cow and the wait will begin.”

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Davis said the length of the Pilot Plop would be determined by the cow.

When the cow decides to “plop,” whoever owns that square will be declared the winner and receive, $1,000.

“The owner of the square that is the greatest distance from the winning square will receive $100,” Davis said. “The Pilot Club’s goal is to sell 300 squares, and we still have squares left to sell. It’s going to be a fun fundraiser, and we encourage everyone to get a ticket for the Pilot Plop.”

The peanut gallery will not sit idle while waiting for the winning plop, however. Pound cake and beverages will be served to spectators.

Hopefully, the cow will be cooperative and the Pilot Plop will not go into overtime, Davis said. “You just never know.”

Tickets for the Pilot Plop may be purchased by calling Davis at 372-5099 or Angel Tillery, club president, at 566-4330.

Davis said the Pilot Plop will be the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year and will help fund its Brain Minders program.

“The Pilot Club’s Brain Minders program raises money in support of those with traumatic brain injuries and disorders,” Davis said. “We focus on awareness and prevention. We take our puppet program into the schools and talk to children about brain injuries and how to prevent them. The Pilot Plop will support our Brain Minders program and also our scholarship program. Each year, the Troy Pilot Club awards a scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to attend Troy University and earn a service-oriented degree.”

The Troy Pilot Club also sponsors two children to Camp ASCCA each summer. Camp ASCCA is a special camp for children and adults at Jackson Gap.