University students and community to celebrate community service at Pack the Park

The fourth annual event aims to support Canine Companions for Independence

Students at 2016 DogFest Walk N’Roll on the University of Nevada, Reno Quad.

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9/20/2017 | By: Bailey MeCey |

This Saturday, Canine Companions for Independence is partnering with the Center for Student Engagement for the fourth annual collaborative event, DogFest Walk n' Roll.  The first DogFest was held on campus in 2014, but as the event and community participation has grown, University organizers have changed the name to Pack the Park and moved the event to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

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    The event is a student and community celebration of civic engagement. It will feature fun and games for the entire family, from bounce houses to dog costume contests and a hot dog barbecue.

    In addition to the activities, the event will host a non-profit information fair for those wishing to get more involved with future volunteering events.  Student organizations will also showcase their work to attendants.  

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    Center for Student Engagement Coordinator for Student Engagement Christopher Partridge hopes that the event will bring together the Reno community for the dual causes Of supporting Canine Companions and encouraging students to get involved any of the other organizations who will also be at the event.

    "We've moved it to Rancho San Rafael Park to promote it as more of a community event," he said. "We're also promoting the event to Truckee Meadows Community College and Washoe County School District, so students of all ages and schools are invited."  

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