This little piggy went to market. And stayed there permanently, doing some fundraising.
Photography: Sarah Dumbrille

When Pigs Fundraise

If you’re a Trufflepig newsletter subscriber (and if you aren’t, get on that), you know that every week we feature a “spotted pig” one of our readers has discovered. Usually they just get a passing one-liner, but we decided that this little piggy deserves a bit more time in the spotlight.

Sarah Dumbrille spotted this pig at Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA:

“Her name is Rachel. She is a real piggy bank and the mascot of the Pike Place Market. She ‘brings home the bacon’ for The Market Foundation which supports low-income residents who live in and around the Market. Legend has it that if you rub Rachel’s snout and make a donation, you’ll have good luck.”

We love all the spotted pigs who sniff their way into our inbox, but a pig who supports a good cause is worth its weight in ham. Rachel has been hanging out at the market since 1986, and has raised more than $200,000 to date for The Market Foundation. So if you’re passing through Seattle on your own travels, help a pig out and make a donation. Or even better, do it online right now. And check out this video of the Pike Place Fish Co. while you’re at it; aside from its famous pig, this unique market is also home to some not-so-average fishmongers.

Sarah Dumbrille lives about 85 feet off the ground in Manhattan. She’s based between Canada and NYC and works as a communications consultant. A long-time friend and collaborator, we’re always curious to see how and where she decides to spend her holidays. It’s never boring.

Legend has it that if you rub Rachel's snout and make a donation, you'll have good luck.

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