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Black Tie & Tails: A Benefit for the HART Adoption Wing

Paula Yudelevit

2018 Honorary Chairs, Mercedes & Michael Pellet

2018 Honorary Chairs, Mercedes & Michael Pellet

HART for Animals, with Honorary Chairs, Michael and Mercedes Pellet, will host the “Black Tie & Tails” Gala, to benefit the HART Adoption Programs. The second bi-annual event will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Lodge at Wisp Resort. The Gala will feature dinner, dancing and a silent auction that features national and international luxury trips. Proceeds from the Gala will provide funds to keep homeless pets in a safe place while waiting for their forever homes.

“The Gala will be a tremendous help by raising funds for the homeless and abused animals in our area,” says Kelli Palamar, President of HART. “We have found homes for 791 dogs and cats since opening the wing. It’s an honor to have the Pellets as our honorary chairs.”

Since 2009, Michael and Mercedes have worked tirelessly for the homeless animals. “The HART Animal Center would not be here if not for the tenacity and drive of this selfless couple,” says Paula Yudelevit, Executive Director. “They are truly the heart of HART and a blessing to the people and the animals of Garrett County.” The Pellets moved to the county permanently in 2006 with the expectation of retiring. After seeing the need for a facility to help lower the high euthanasia rate in the county, the former business owners began a capital campaign to build a center where homeless cats and dogs, as well as potential adopters, could feel at home. The Pellets have worked full-time pro bono. Mercedes is the Development Director and Treasurer, and Michael is the Facility Manager and past President.

The décor of the “Black Tie & Tails” Gala will have a silver and gold harvest theme. “You won’t see cornucopia,” says décor chair, Meg Collins. Silver and gold pumpkins, mood lighting and up-dated harvest glam will be the style of the evening!” Farmhouse Fete owner, Leigh Clarke, will be providing many of the decorations from her party-planning collection. Food chair, Ann Horton, is working with Wisp Resort on the dinner menu.

“A gala of this magnitude could not happen without the generosity of our sponsors,” says Paula Yudelevit. The sponsors to-date include: Drs. Pat & Sue Bredel, The Squires Group, Dick & Deb Alderson, Wisp Resort, Susan & John Pucciano, Fragasso Financial Advisors, Farmhouse Fete, Ann Smith, First United Bank, Dr. & Mrs. Melissa Walch, BB&T Mortgage, Russell Bounds, Neil & Cynthia Whitton, Ace’s Run Restaurant, Exelon Generation, Rob Michael, Nu-Way Interiors, Bill’s Marine Service, Jared & Laura Fike, Deep Creek Dog, Garrett Container Systems, Steve & Amy Bortz and John & Shelia McCracken,”

HART’s charitable programs include: animal rescue, adoption and sheltering, low-cost, and no-cost spay/neutering, veterinary care, and behavior modification. The monthly cost to care for 50 or more cats and dogs awaiting adoption is $20,000, with adoption fees covering only a portion of their veterinary care. It is through donations, sponsorships, grants, and fundraising opportunities that HART can sustain the Adoption Wing operation.

Tickets to the “Black Tie & Tails” Gala are available online at, at the HART Animal Center, or by phone at 301.387.7729.

For more information on a sponsorship opportunity to help support the Gala and HART, please call or email Paula Yudelevit, at 301.387.7729 or


Paula Yudelevit


Simon Pearce, located at 265 Glass Drive in Oakland, MD, is holding a very special fundraiser this Saturday for HART for Animals. If you are in need of a special gift to mark a special occasion or are just looking for a beautiful glass addition to your home, go to Simon Pearce on Saturday, August 18, starting at 10:00 AM, and 10% of all sales will be donated to HART for Animals. Thank you...and the adoptable animals thank you, too!

Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival

Paula Yudelevit


14th Annual Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival – September 8, 2018

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The Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival returns on Saturday, September 8 to McHenry, MD with two added features: a craft beer tent and a football lounge. The festival is from noon to 6:00 pm at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

The festival, held as a benefit for HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF), begins Friday, September 7, with pre-fix wine pairing dinners at local restaurants surrounding Deep Creek Lake and the nearby vicinity. The popular dinners pair appetizers, entrees, and desserts with wines from Maryland, as well as wines throughout the United States. Menus for the dinners are posted on the event’s website at

More than 200 Maryland and national wines and twenty craft beers will be available for tasting. In addition, a selection of premium wines will be available for tasting in the Premium Wine Tasting Area. For an additional cost, guests will enjoy highly rated and estate-bottled wines, along with hors d’oeuvres in a private area in the Exhibit Hall.

The new craft beer tent will be located in the parking lot adjacent to the Exhibit Hall. Local, regional and national small craft beers will be available for tasting. The beers may also be purchased in the Wine & Beer Store, located in the Exhibit Hall.

Guests can also watch the college game of the week on a big screen TV in the new Mountain State Brewing Company/The Stogie Company Football Lounge. Ice cold tap beer will be on sale in the lounge and the Stogie Company will be offering their cigars in the Cigar tent immediately outside the lounge area.

Guests will also enjoy works by 40 local and regional artisans.  Jewelry, pottery, oil paintings, hand crafted wood work and more will be featured. Food artisans include handcrafted cheeses, pasta, biscotti and other delectable food items.

“We are really excited about the newest additions to the festival” says co-chair Paula Yudelevit. “Now those that don’t drink wine can enjoy some great craft beers. And the new football lounge with beer and cigars is going to be a huge hit! Plus, the fairgrounds are a perfect location too – a very laid-back, grass-roots atmosphere.”

An online program for smart phones and other mobile devices allows patrons to view the wines and save their selections to a Favorite page will be available on Saturday at the event.

Advance tickets to the festival are $30 (which includes a service charge) online at, and $35 at the entrance to the festival on Saturday, September 8. The cost includes entry to the festival, unlimited wine tasting, beer tasting, and a commemorative glass. Under 21 and entry only is $12 per person. 12 and under are admitted free. The Premium Wine Tasting Area is $30 per person and includes ten wine tasting tickets. Guests may purchase the premium wines in the main wine store. Guests must have an adult festival wrist band for admittance.

Art & Wine Festival lodging packages are available at participating hotels, B&Bs and resort rental agencies. The package includes entrance to the festival, wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass and lodging.

“A special thank you needs to go to our amazing sponsors,” notes festival co-chair Mary Callis. Sponsors include McHenry Beverage, Taylor Made Vacations & Real Estate, Mountain State Brewing Company, The Stogie Company, Simon Pearce, Oakland Oil & Propane, Arrowhead Market, Taco Bell, My Bank! First United, Shop ‘n Save, Little Mountain Promotions, NuWay Interiors,, Piet & Rosie Versteegen, Lake-Front Magazine, BB&T, and Archie’s.

“The festival could not be successful without an amazing committee,” says Paula. Mary agrees. “These volunteers put hundreds of hours into this event; a few have even worked on this since its inception.” The 2018 committee includes Mary and Paula as co-chairs, Eric Robison, Andy McKenzie, Michael Pellet, Ken Carbone, Judy Carbone, Ken Korando, Betty Ellington, Erin Croake, Tom Hertz, Jan Russell, Sue Arnson, Jimmy Flanigan, Joe Refosco, Rachel Dudok, Kelli Palamar, Lilian Steele, and Debbie Archer.