K9s at the Ville students pose with puppies.

Cedarville's "Pupperoni Night" raises funds for service dog organization

by Michaela Carpenter, Public Relations Writer


Cedarville University students will hold an Italian dinner fundraiser Wednesday, Nov. 15 for service dog training organization 4 Paws for Ability. The dinner, which is open to the public, will take place 6-8 p.m. in Rooms 102 and 103 of the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies. Cost is $5 per person.

“Pupperoni Night” features an Olive Garden and Fazoli’s Italian buffet, trivia games with prizes and a 4 Paws trainer demonstration with a service dog. There will also be a litter of 4 Paws puppies to play with and a photo booth for taking pictures with the dogs.

The event is hosted each year by K9s at the Ville, a Cedarville student organization that works with 4 Paws to help train service dogs for veterans and children with disabilities. Students in the organization work together to socialize five leader dogs in training and to raise money for 4 Paws.

The group is known around campus for hosting “Pause for Paws” each year during finals week, when they bring a litter of 4 Paws puppies to campus as a break for students studying for exams. Their biggest fundraiser of the year is “Pupperoni Night.” All proceeds from the event go to 4 Paws.

“The reason I like 4 Paws so much is that they really work with families in need,” said Liz Coy, a senior communications major who has volunteered with K9s at the Ville since 2014. “They make sure every family that comes to them gets placed with a service dog that is specific to their child’s need and the different issues they’re working with.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.