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Their Hearts are Full and the Spirit of Giving Large

Their Hearts are Full and the Spirit of Giving Large

Michelle Murray and Tim Peters are about to tie the knot. After seven years as a couple, having met at the University of Maryland, they are walking down the aisle later this month--exactly seven years to the day of their first date.
Both chose a career in the financial industry--Michelle works as an accountant in the Hagerstown office of Smith, Elliott and Kearns and husband-to-be Tim Peters works in Frederick as a senior accountant with the firm of McLean, Koehler, Sparks & Hammond.
Michelle hails from the Annapolis area and Tim from Frederick, but both could not be happier having settled down in Hagerstown. Ambitious and friendly, Michelle and Tim are a "picture perfect" couple.
Their attractiveness, however, is more than skin-deep. Both are also wedded to giving back to their community. Michelle volunteers at the Humane Society of Washington County and it is that organization that will be sharing in the joy of their matrimony in more ways than one.
Michelle and Tim are part of a growing trend of couples who broaden the circle of celebration beyond the traditional group of friends and family members. They are giving a gift that keeps on giving. They are dispensing with the giving party favors to guests and are instead making a contribution to a charity that is near and dear to their hearts--the Humane Society of Washington County.
"We adopted our cats, Bandit and Lily from the Humane Society back in April of 2003. Tim was never really a "cat person" but they have worked their magic on him and now I know he can't imagine a home without a cat...or two," said Ms. Murray.
"We are incredibly grateful to Michelle and her fiance. Not just for this most generous gift, but for her time and talents. She is such a committed person devoted to the animals at the shelter," commented Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society.
"I read about this sort of thing back in January and just knew that it was something we had to do. But I wanted to do something locally and the Humane Society seemed like the perfect fit," said Murray. "An added benefit would be more adoptions. I'm hoping that our friends will see how much we love our cats and think about adopting a shelter pet of their own."
Visit the Humane Society of Washington County and adopt a friend or two...or three.
The Humane Society of Washington County exists to improve the quality of life for abused, neglected, and unwanted animals. 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD. 301-733-2060.

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