Meadows fundraiser benefits animal shelter

September 04, 2010
  • Michael Illig, left, from The Meadows, presents a check to Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County.
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The Meadows Original Frozen Custard of Hagerstown's fourth annual 50s-Style Freeze fundraiser Aug. 21 was a success, officials said.

A percentage of sales and donations were collected for the Humane Society of Washington County. With adoptable animals on-site, two were taken and both now have applications on them.

Approximately 150 to 200 customers participated in the event and between $200 and $250 was raised for the animal shelter. Approximately 40 animals from the community came to the event.

Local pet-related businesses helped draw folks and their canine companions to the Meadows by setting up near the walk-up windows to display their products and services. Those on hand included Dog-Gone Walkin and Dog-Gone Groomin' Mobile Grooming Salon, local artists Ashley Pinnesi of Off the Leash Pet Paintings and Kelly Ring of Kelly's Creations, the Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown and B-PWSITIVE-Good Manners Training for Dogs and their People.

The Meadows provided refreshments for the customers and their four-legged friends.


Some of the dogs were so anxious for their treats they stood on their hind legs at the window in anticipation. "Our four-legged guests received a free frozen custard/doggie bone treat," said Mike Illig of The Meadows. "We wanted to make the event really special for them also."

The Meadows Original Frozen Custard opened in the summer of 1950 in Duncansville, PA. Since then, approximately 20 stores have been opened in both Pennsylvania and Maryland, including The Meadows of Hagerstown which opened its doors in the spring of 2006. The Meadows of Hagerstown is open year round. For additional information call 301-790-2400 or go to

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to for information about animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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