Most Seattleites and tourists alike know Rachel the Piggybank. She lives right underneath the iconic “Public Market Center” clock and sign and stands proudly in front of the fish mongers of Pike Place Market. Needless to say, Rachel gets a lot of attention!
Rachel’s fame often overshadows her lesser-known cousin, Billie the Piggybank, who sits on Western Avenue. Billie is slightly younger than her cousin Rachel (she arrived in Pike Place Market in 2011, while Rachel made her first appearance in 1986). Besides providing a convenient place to meet someone in the crowded Market and a great photo-op, both Rachel and Billie play an even more important role for Pike Place Market: every day they collect donations of dollars and coins from passerby, which help sustain the work of Pike Place Market Foundation.
Bringing home the bacon!
Established in 1982, The Market Foundation has granted more than $26 Million to provide housing, healthcare, healthy food, childcare and a community of support to our most vulnerable neighbors. Rachel and Billie’s donations contribute to a thriving, caring Market community for seniors and families. Last year, these two piggybanks collected nearly $30,000 – that’s what we call “bringing home the bacon!” Read more about The Market Foundation here.
While the occasional tourist or local might stumble upon Billie for a photo or to drop a bill in her coin slot, unfortunately Billie doesn’t get enough attention in her current home on Western Avenue. But soon, that’s about to change. Pike Place Market is growing with the new MarketFront expansion, currently under construction on Western Avenue and scheduled to open summer 2017. The new MarketFront will add 35,000 square feet to the public Market, adding more local shops, restaurants, low-income housing, and a public plaza for locals and visitors to enjoy unobstructed views of the Puget Sound. And starting on December 16, 2016, the new MarketFront plaza will be Billie the Piggybank’s new home!
Vote for Billie as your favorite 12th Ham
You can help pave the way for Billie the Piggybank’s big move to the new MarketFront. Write your name on Market Charms or a Bronze Hoofprint, which will be displayed on the new MarketFront. Your donation helps complete the new MarketFront project and leaves your family legacy at Pike Place Market. Or, simply vote for Billie as your favorite 12th Ham and send her to a Seahawks game in style! Either way you’re supporting Billie and Pike Place Market.
For more information about the new MarketFront, please click here. For information on Market Charms and Hoofprints, please visit:
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