In an effort to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Delta Tau Delta hosted the dog-themed event Delt Dogs at their house on Thursday.
“What do people like a lot?” philanthropy chairman David Crinnion said. “People like dogs.”
The event had many dogs on DTD’s lawn, as well as plates of hot dogs inside for the taking. If attendees brought their dog, they had free admission as well as free hot dogs. Guests could take a picture for a dollar with their favorite DTD member fully dressed in a hot dog costume. A hot dog eating contest also took place about halfway through the event.
“In preparation for the event, we bought 2,000 hot dogs from Cisco,” said Isaac Rauch, a member of the philanthropy committee. “We had over 1,000 accepted invites on the Facebook page, and we wanted to make sure everyone would get at least two hot dogs.”
The fraternity also sold tickets and gave out informational flyers about Delt Dogs in front of the Erb Memorial Union the week prior.
“This year we’ve almost doubled in size from last year’s philanthropy,” Crinnion said.
First year Iva Hart said she brought her dog Sammi to the event because she heard about it through the DTD members advertising. Likewise, junior Marisa Lebouitz said she brought her dog Niko to Delt Dogs because she would get free admittance and a hot dog.
Junior member Ryan Bottimore said he brought his dog Lily to help support the event in its first year running.
“My dad found (Lily) when he was working on the shelter, and he just fell in love with her,” Bottimore said.
While DTD does not know what philanthropy they will be doing for winter term, they are likely to conduct a barbecue and volleyball tournament in the spring.