19th Annual Hot Dog Caper A "Relished" University Tradition

19th Annual Hot Dog Caper A "Relished" University Tradition
Marisa Lattin, left, and Alicia Hernandez enjoy a free lunch at the 19th Annual Hot Dog Caper in University Park.
President Bob Suzuki, with wife Agnes, hands out hot dogs during the Hot Dog Caper.

The 19th Annual Hot Dog Caper fed and entertained thousands of hungry Cal Poly Pomona students, staff and faculty on Thursday, Sept. 26, in University Park.

Nearly 300 students, staff and faculty members, including university President Bob Suzuki and his wife Agnes, volunteered to work the line serving free hot dogs, vegetarian dogs, chips, soft drinks and ice cream sandwiches. All volunteers received a certificate of appreciation and a free T-shirt.

Last year?s Hot Dog Caper served up more than 8,500 free frankfurters to famished folks. This year, volunteers handed out nearly 9,500 of the 11,000 hot dogs cooked up for the event.

The Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Inc., Associated Students Inc., Facilities Planning & Management, MAB Services Inc. and Pepsi-Cola Co. co-sponsored the event in an effort to bring the campus community together at the beginning of each fall quarter.

?We look forward to this event every year because it is an opportunity to show our appreciation to the entire campus community,? said Paul Storey, Executive Director of Cal Poly Pomona Foundation.

This year?s event also featured entertainment from the up-and-coming music group, Fertile Soil, and Pepsi?s Velcro Climbing Wall.

For a 1,438-acre university campus with approximately 19,000 students and 2,500 faculty and staff of diverse ages and ethnicities, the Hot Dog Caper has proved to be a valuable tradition that unifies the campus.