Help PNC Bank Erie name a future Service Dog!

Through their annual Mutt Strut Events, PNC Erie has raised the funds necessary to sponsor the training of a future Service Dog.  These incredible dogs, once fully trained, will go on to assist a veteran, first-responder or civilian struggling with conditions such as: PTS, Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizure and Diabetic disorders, mobility issues and more. Each dog takes up to two years to fully train, and although the cost is $25,000 for each dog, with the help of events like the Mutt Strut, and supporters like you, each dog is donated to their recipient at no cost.

One of the greatest “perks” of this sponsorship is getting to name the future Service Dog – and they’ve decided to leave that up to you, Erie!

The Mutt Strut Team at PNC Erie has chosen four potential names, that all celebrate incredible Erieites, and now it’s up to you to choose.

Here’s the potential names they’ve chosen, and a little bit about each name:


Harry T. Burleigh: Musician, songwriter and arranger who preserved many spirituals, including “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” in 1917.


Ada Lawrence: First black teacher hired into the Erie School District in 1946.


The Pontiacs: A semi-professional black baseball team that played in the Glenwood League and other local leagues from 1936 to 1956. They played at Bayview Park, often following careers in the Negro Leagues.


Oliver Hazard Perry:  U.S. naval officer who became a national hero when he defeated a British squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

All you have to do is choose. Please fill out the form below, and let’s name this puppy!

This year, the Mutt Strut will be an all-online, 5-day spectacular virtual event!  If you’d like to participate, check out The event kicks off on September 8th!

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