Strut Your Mutt on Oct. 27

This Friday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m., Memorial Field will be flush with pups for the first ever Strut Your Mutt Dog Costume Contest. The deadline to register is today, and for $5 you can register your dog in the costume contest for a chance to win prizes. If you don’t get the chance to register online, you can still do so up until Friday by contacting Audrey Rucker, one of the event coordinators, at The registration fee benefits the Providence Animal Center.

The event was conceived in Dr. Corbo’s communications class, Event Planning & Public Relations. She asked students to create an on-campus event that’s never been done before. Audrey Rucker is part of the group who organized the Strut Your Mutt event, along with Ryan Kapczynski, Gavin Kirkwood, Thomas Platt and Maura Dunlop.

“When students think of Memorial Field, oftentimes the first picture that pops into their heads is dogs running around, playing on the field,” said Rucker. The group of five wanted to create an event, she said, that captured the hearts of the Widener community. “And what better way to do that than with adorable dogs?”

The event falls perfectly in line with the Halloween weekend, so they decided to make it into a dog costume contest.

Yet, there was something missing. “We were ecstatic with our event idea, but wanted to find a way to give back to the community as well,” said Rucker. “So we reached out to the Providence Animal Center.” The $5 entry fee and all donations collected at the event will be donated to the Providence Animal Center.

In addition, prizes will be given out to the best dressed dogs and a representative from the Providence Animal Center will be present at the event with more information for anyone more interested in adopting a “furever” friend.


All students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to participate and spectate at the Strut Your Mutt Dog Costume Contest, which will begin at 4 p.m.

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