Pool Fundraising Campaign Gets Creative

Talking about taking poo and turning it into gold...

As part of the campaign to raise $600,000 to help keep 70 city pools open this summer, the Shissler Recreation Center in Fishtown is having a fundraiser on May 15 that features "Cow Chip Bingo."

Here's how it works: A bingo board is drawn on grass and players get tickets for a particular square. A cow is then placed on the board and the winner is determined by where the cow leaves a "chip."

So far 1,500 tickets have been sold for the event at $20 a pop, said Leo Dignam, of the Department of Recreation.

The city has raised $200,000 for the pools to date, said Recreation Commissioner Susan Slawson. She said she was confident the city would get to the full $600,000 by the end of the month.