Congratulations to the Dallas-Fort Worth Bills Backers, recipients of Chapter of the Month honors for August!
This crew is committed not just to celebrating their shared Bills fanhood, but to using that passion for a great cause. Last season, they were able to both fundraise for the family of iconic Bills fan Ezra "Pancho Billa" Castro and also raise over $22,000 for a local organization that helps provide game tickets to young fans. On game days, the Dallas-Fort Worth Bills Backers create an unforgettable atmosphere at both of their watching locations. Also, they make a commitment to making the experience fun and family-friendly for Bills fans of all ages!
Michael Cipriani is the president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Bills Backers.
The El Paso Buffalo Bills Backers are June's Chapter of the Month!
Throughout the 2019 season, the El Paso Buffalo Bills Backers made it a point to work together to raise money for charitable causes while getting together to watch games. In true Buffalo fashion, their chapter was helped out by Bills fans all across the country who donated items that the El Paso Buffalo Bills Backers could use in their weekly raffles. With a late push last month, they were able to end their 2019 – 2020 raffle drive by raising a total of just over $1,600. To help honor the wishes of the late Bills superfan and El Paso native "Pancho Billa," the chapter donated the money to "The Teacher's Desk," a local organization that helps provide schoolchildren in need with new school supplies. The chapter meets at Clicks Billiards in El Paso, TX.
The San Diego Bills Backers Club is May's Chapter of the Month!
While their watch location is over 2,500 miles away from New Era Field, the San Diego Bills Backers Club has grown into a great chapter for Bills fans in the area to come support the team and their communities. With weekly raffles of fun giveaway items for games during the season, their chapter is able to raise money that goes directly to supporting causes and organizations in San Diego and here in Western New York. In addition to their usual acts of kindness during the 2019 season, the San Diego Bills Backers Club has truly gone above and beyond this offseason by also providing healthcare workers at three hospitals in San Diego with skin care products and lunch as a small "Thank You" for the work they are doing for their community during these trying times. The chapter meets at The Local Pacific Beach in San Diego, CA.
The Portland United Bills Supporters (PUBS) are April's Chapter of the Month!
A meeting because of a "GO BILLS" Oregon license plate in 1992 started their chapter, which has continued to grow and has since blossomed into one of the most dedicated chapters in the country. After switching locations a few times, they have been in their current watch location since 2009, and commonly attract fans from across the country. In true Buffalo fashion, as their numbers have grown so has the group's spirit. A running tally of their donations over the years shows they have contributed nearly $26,000 to worthy causes and organizations both in Portland and Western New York. With $3,400 in donations from the 2019 season, the "PUBS" are looking forward to growing their group and email list, creating more raffles, and raising more money for great causes. The chapter meets at The Cheerful Bullpen in Portland, OR.
The Bills Backers of Frederick, MD are January's Chapter of the Month!
After informally meeting for a few seasons, they became an official chapter this season and immediately started making a difference with their members. Part of their mission statement for their chapter includes bringing the spirit of Buffalo, "the City of Good Neighbors," to their local community. To help accomplish this, they have started an annual coat and clothing drive during the season to engage their members and benefit their communities. Members raise money or collect coats and clothing items to benefit schoolchildren in Buffalo and their local community of Frederick, MD. They collected lots of items and one of their members even made the drive from Maryland to Buffalo himself to donate the items to Buffalo Public School #82. They also teamed up with their local Browns Backers chapter for the Week 10 game against the Browns to have a canned food drive competition. After some healthy competition, the Bills Backers of Frederick, MD "defeated" their Browns counterparts by donating 867 canned food items to the Frederick City Food Bank in Maryland. After a year of steady growth, they are up over 300 members and are looking forward to a successful 2020 season!
The Bills Backers of Tampa are December's Chapter of the Month!
Their chapter started purely by chance, as its two founders were out one Sunday in 2018 scouting locations to start their chapter up at. After trying out several locations, they entered their current one and knew they were in the right place. When two other Bills fans in the back of the restaurant, who they didn't initially see, cheered after a Bills touchdown, the chapter doubled in size to four people and had a permanent home. Since then, the chapter has been steadily growing, and is now happy to offer local food and drink favorites to their members during games on Sundays! They are up to roughly 50 regular members now, and are also frequently visited by people on vacation or in town for work. With palm trees and an outdoor bar and viewing area, it is certainly an enjoyable way to take in a Bills game when you can't be at New Era Field!
The chapter meets at The Patio Tampa in Tampa, Florida.
The Myrtle Beach Buffalo Bills Backers are November's Chapter of the Month!
Although their chapter is new to the Bills Backers scene after starting up before the 2018 season, the Myrtle Beach Buffalo Bills Backers have already made an impact on their local community. With a unique chapter made up of about 50% locals and 50% vacationers, they have a rapidly growing membership base that turns out every week for games. They take over the restaurant's main room, and have a special game day menu to make their members feel like they're home! Besides cheering on the Bills, the Myrtle Beach Buffalo Bills Backers get together on Sundays to make a difference in their community by raising money to donate to a different local charity. So far this year, a few examples of organizations they have supported are local food banks and animal shelters, which are two of the group's favorite causes to support. They are looking forward to outgrowing their current location sometime in the near future as they continue to cheer on the Bills from South Carolina!
The chapter meets at OD Arcade and Lounge in North Myrtle Beach, SC
The Bills Backers of Daytona Beach FL are October's Chapter of the Month!
After its founding in 2014, their chapter has experienced steady growth in both members and involvement since then. They have members that drive upwards of an hour to their location each week to watch the games, and now have a dedicated room for Bills watch parties at their location. Not only do they take over their location on Sundays, but they also take over the menu, with Buffalo favorites like beef on weck offered to members during Bills games! Watching the games is not the only reason they get together, as they chapter also gets together to give back. Each season, they pick one game where they run a 50/50 raffle to raise money to support a cause that the Bills or Bills players support. This year, they are excited to give back to charity during Buffalo's Week 7 game against Miami. The chapter meets at Riptides Raw Bar and Grill in Ormond Beach, Florida.
The Northland Bills Backers have been selected as September's chapter of the month!
After starting their chapter with five dedicated Bills fans in 2016, they now draw Bills fans from all over Kansas City every week, and are proud to host Bills fans from across the country when the Bills make trips to the Midwest! Members are proud to offer what they call the best wings in the city to their members, and Bills touchdowns during the game are accompanied by music and a flag run through their watch location! With a more established membership base now, they are excited to begin connecting with even more Bills Backers, and to get involved in the community! The chapter meets at Al's Bar and Grill in Parkville, MO.
The Northern New Jersey Buffalo Bills Backers have been selected as August's chapter of the month!
As one of the largest chapters in New Jersey, they have an annual tailgate when the Bills travel to take on the Jets, which always draws large crowds. With road games against the Jets and Giants to open the 2019 season, the chapter has big things planned for both games and is extremely excited to get together with other Bills Backers from across the country. They get together every week and have themed watch parties, including one where Santa Claus makes an appearance in December! They use this game to give Bills-themed gifts to their youngest members, and to collect toys and money to donate to children in need in the area! The chapter meets at Duffy's Tavern in Paterson, NJ.
The Bills Wild West Backers have been selected as July's Chapter of the Month!
Stationed in Phoenix, Arizona, their Chapter started in 1990 and is the largest and oldest in Arizona, and one of the most dedicated in the country. With nearly 200 members that meet consistently throughout the year, they have themed watch parties for each opponent on the Bills schedule every year, and also consistently support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix through raffles and other fundraising efforts. They have also opened their arms to Bills Legends, to help them connect with Bills fans in Arizona. To kick off each season, they host an event called "Bills Fest", where they get together for a weekend of camping, live music, and more! They held this year's event during the last weekend of March at RoadRunner campgrounds in Lake Pleasant, AZ. The Chapter meets at Pullano's Pizza in Glendale, AZ.
The Bills Backers of Atlanta have been selected as June's Chapter of the Month! Since their founding in 2008, they have consistently grown their membership base and worked on giving back to their communities! With over 1,000 active members that gather at three different locations in Atlanta, they have raised nearly $19,000 for charities in Atlanta and Western New York, including $1,000 for Hall of Fame WR Andre Reed's foundation during Super Bowl week in February. They have big plans for the 2019 season, and have already sold over 100 tickets for their Chapter's road trip to watch the Bills take on the Titans in Nashville on October 6th. You can connect with them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and their very own website. The Chapter meets at Whitehall Tavern, The Tavern at Medlock, and Duff's in Atlanta, GA.
The Cleveland Bills Backers have been selected as May's Chapter of the Month! When their Chapter was starting up before the 2018 season, they were struggling to find a place in downtown Cleveland that would reserve space for their group and show the Bills games consistently. Instead of disbanding, they took matters into their own hands by completely renovating the basement of a local bar on their own, which is now a dedicated space for the Cleveland Bills Backers. They run many events in the area for Bills fans, and are already planning events to host Bills fans when the Bills travel to Cleveland to play the Browns on November 10th. They have also started a podcast, "The Bills Backers Podcast", which you can find here. The Chapter meets at Third Place in Cleveland, OH.
The Bills Backers of Orange County, CA have been selected as April's Chapter of the Month! Since the season has ended, their Chapter led a fundraising effort to raise money for charity, which they donated to three separate causes. Through their efforts, the Bills Backers of Orange County, CA were able to donate over $500 each to the Buffalo Bills Foundation, Wings Flights of Hope in support of Bills K Stephen Hauschka, and the ACES Foundation in support of Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander. The Chapter originally started in 1989, and meets at Wings 'N Things Grill in Huntington Beach, CA.
The MidSouth Bills Backers have been selected as February's Chapter of the Month! To bring in the new year, the Chapter held fundraisers to purchase meals for families in need, organized a Toys for Tots drive, and brought in hundreds of dollars to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Memphis. The Chapter meets at LBOE in Memphis, TN.
Anthony Caswell, President & Chris Love, Vice President
The Houston Bills Backers have been selected as January's Chapter of the Month! When the Bills traveled to Houston to face the Texans during the 2018 season, the Chapter helped put together a full weekend of events that hosted over 1,000 Bills fans from across the country! Not only did they use the weekend to bring Bills fans together, but they also brought in over $2,000 that they donated to local charities. The Chapter meets at Christian's Tailgate Midtown in Houston, TX.
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