Pup-E-Palooza raises funds, awareness for animal rescue groups

The K9 Club is hosting the 6th annual Pup-E-Palooza on Saturday, May 7. The event will be held in Brinser Field at Elizabethtown College and start at noon and end at 4 p.m.

The event is free and will provide food, music, raffles, contests and more. Because all proceeds earned benefit animal rescue groups, rescue dogs will also appear. Although it is held at the College, anyone in the surrounding communities is welcome to attend.

“The event is all about the animals and what they want,” K9 Club Vice President Shannon McNamee said.

Through this event, K9 Club hopes to raise awareness of animal causes with various rescue organizations.

“We hope that people will learn that there are many more animals that need help,” McNamee said. “We want them to get involved because each person makes a difference to the animals, whether it is taking an adoptable dog for a walk or donating money to help an animal with its vet bills.”

All the proceeds earned from Pup-E-Palooza this year will go to Furry Friends Network, Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue and Adopt a Boxer Rescue. Each year, the foundations that receive the donations change.

“We ask all participating rescue groups to send us a paragraph describing what they would do with a hypothetical $500 donation,” K9 Club President Patty Cangelosi said.

The club’s officers then read all the submissions and choose three groups based on what they believe are the most worthwhile causes. According to Cangelosi, this process is difficult because the club would like to help every rescue group so it is hard to choose only three.

One of the things that make Pup-E-Palooza stand out is that animals are invited, too. The contests are for the pets, not their owners.

“When so many people unite in this way, it makes a statement that we care about animals and we will do everything we can to help them,” Cangelosi said.

Not all animals live like this so come play with the puppies at Pup-E-Palooza May 7 in Brinser Field at Elizabethtown College. It’ll help the animals as well as yourself!

League Bowling is a great activity for people of all ages

At Clearview Lanes in Mount Joy there are many leagues offered for interested bowlers to join. More precisely there are about nineteen leagues targeted for a multitude of people ranging from seniors, juniors, women, men, kids, and mixed. In each league there are about twenty teams, so there is always plenty of action and competition.
The big question on most people’s minds is what is the cost of being in a league? The price of bowling a couple of games can be pretty pricey for a recreational player with shoe rentals and paying an amount for every game played. The cost of playing in a league is relatively cheap however. It is only about $8 a week for kids to play in a league while its about $15 a week for adults to play at Clearview Lanes. The spike in the price for adults is because much of that money goes into a prize money pool, which goes to top bowlers in each league. This is a nice added incentive to join besides the practice and enjoyment of bowling.
The best part about being able to bowl with a team and against a variety of opponents is that it is just pure fun. A member will meet new people while improving their game at the same time.
Clearview Lanes is always encouraging new people to join their leagues at any time, since leagues are always playing. Junior Drew Stitt is a student at Elizabethtown College and participates in league bowling. He commented, “Even the worst bowlers have a chance to play well in league bowling because of handicaps. The progression of my handicap from bad to average to very well is enjoyable”. League bowling is guaranteed to make any bowler better because a league offers constant practice with the thrill of competition.

College Nights at Clearview Lanes: an exclusive opportunity

Students at Elizabethtown College are always searching for something to do in and around the campus. Senior, Chris Cartwright said, “There are some opportunities provided by the school that help to enjoy college life outside of the classroom, but not all opportunities provided by the college target the interests of all types of students here at Elizabethtown”. With most students on a tight budget, it becomes even harder for them to find fun activities to participate in. Market Street’s Clearview Lanes, which is outside of Mount Joy offers “college nights” for Elizabethtown College students.
College nights are every Wednesday night from 10 p.m. to midnight. The value is the appeal to the students and ultimately how college nights have caught on. For only $5, students can rent a pair shoes and bowl for the entire two-hour time period. There are also sandwich and drink specials to take advantage of for a break from bowling. The entire package makes the college nights an extremely fun time.
Clearview Lanes has been offering college nights every Wednesday for about five years. All of the lanes are open for students to bowl. Also, about once a month the Students Working to Entertain Elizabethtown (S.W.E.E.T.) sponsor a college night so it is free for all students to bowl. S.W.E.E.T. also provides food for the students to enjoy while bowling. Bowling is a very fun sport and college nights offer an opportunity for students to bond while playing a great game.

K9 Club provides purr-fect pup-ortunity to help animals in need

K9 Club allows Elizabethtown College student animal lovers to bond over their common interest while fighting for an important cause. The club dedicates itself to helping abused and neglected animals both locally and nationally.

“We are dog owners and/or dog lovers who volunteer our time to assist other dog related groups such as rescues with fundraisers they hold throughout the academic year,” K9 Club President Patty Cangelosi said.

While they do not rescue these animals themselves, they sponsor and attend many events to raise funds for various animal organizations. These events include: Cookies and K9s, Pet Halloween Parade, Santa Paws, Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Woofstock and PAWS Masquerade Ball, among others.

In the Halloween Parade, the pets dress up and walk around Elizabethtown. Santa Paws provides an opportunity for pets to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus. The money raised at these events goes directly to animal rescue organizations.

“We also participate in local events to help them raise awareness for their different causes,” K9 Club Vice President Shannon McNamee said. “Our main goal is to help the sheltered animals find loving homes.”

What makes these events so unique is the guest list. Dogs or other animals are invited to almost all of them except the Masquerade Ball, which is not sponsored by K9 Club.

“The club is important because we are trying to help living, breathing animals who are unable to speak for themselves,” McNamee said. “We are using our voices to speak for them so we can help the animals in need.”

Anyone on campus can join the club, which currently has about ten to 15 active members. Cangelosi encourages those who enjoy fundraising to join but emphasizes that all are welcome.

“We believe anyone should join because the club is trying to make a difference,” McNamee said. “Whether a person is a cat lover, a dog lover, or even a hamster lover, the club welcomes anybody who is willing to help our cause.”

For more information, contact K9 Club at k9club@etown.edu. To learn more about Cangelosi, listen to this podcast.

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Citizen Journalism