Foundation to hold fundraiser at the Commons

Foundation to hold fundraiser at the Commons

New this year is a dog swim.


It’s been said every dog has its day, but Sunday, Sept. 10 is a day for all dogs at the Commons Pool in Wilkshire Hills. That’s when the Trojan Foundation will hold its Dog Days End of Summer Pool Party fundraiser. And it’s not too late to join.

The Trojan Foundation is expanding on the Disc Dogs fundraiser it held last year at Fort Laurens, with dogs of all kinds showing up to participate in a Frisbee competition. The purpose of the event is to raise money for scholarships for graduating Tusky Valley students.

Amy Burrier, vice president of the Tusky Valley Board of Education, said they were a little late getting the word out, so interested dog owners can simply show up to the event that day and register.

In addition to a Frisbee-catching competition, this year’s event will include a 5K-9 Scamper and a 1-mile walk for pooches and their owners who prefer to stretch their legs at a slower pace and for a shorter time.

“We’ve really stepped it up this year,” Burrier said. “We’re also adding a costume contest with a prize for the best dressed and a Best in Show competition.”

Burrier said Dr. Julia Morrow, owner of Family Pet Mobile Vet, will serve as the judge for both of those competitions. FPMV also is co-sponsor of the event, along with the Commons Pool.

Also new this year is a dog swim. “The pool has graciously agreed to keep the pool open for the dogs to enjoy before they close it for the season,” Burrier said. “Dogs can swim from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.”

Burrier said dogs who may be a little more nervous about the water or shy around other dogs can take a private dip after 3 p.m.

Schedule of events

—Dog Swim from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

—5K-9 Scamper and 1-mile walk at 11 a.m.

—Costume Contest and Best in Show at noon.

—Disc Dog Competition at 1 p.m.

—Private Dog Swim at 3 p.m.

The day also will include puppy face painting for humans, paw painting for dogs, prize giveaways and food concessions provided by the Tuscarawas Valley Ruritan Club.

“We’ll also have custom TV Trojans bandanas for all dogs who show up,” Burrier said.

Photo sessions and more

Wags N’ Wiggles DYI Pet Wash will be onsite offering pet photos, treats and a nail barre, which for the uninitiated is akin to a pup pedicure, for a donation.

“The KONG Company has donated a truckload of toys and dog treats to our event, so we will be giving those out during the day as well,” Burrier said.

Other organizations taking part include the Pawsitive Hope animal rescue organization, Carrie’s Canines Training and the Save A Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue.

All funds raised will help the Trojan Foundation continue its recent tradition of providing $1,000 scholarships to Tusky Valley students in 13 categories ranging from academics, athletics and fine arts to technology, medicine and entrepreneurship.

“This is the fourth year we’ve been able to offer students $1,000 scholarships,” Burrier said. “Unfortunately, only seven graduating seniors applied for our 13 scholarships, and we are hoping that will change.”

Visit The Commons Pool is located at 10107 Hollingsworth Ave. NE in Bolivar.

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