Charitable Beneficiaries

Going to the Dogs!

Yes, the Saint Andrew’s Society of Mid-Maryland has gone to the dogs—the Hero Dogs, that is!

Three Founders of the Society, Dorothy Penders, Cindy Wolfe, Celia Kirby, and the 2018 Festival Chair, Marianne Elliott, had the honor of presenting a check to Nikki Charles, Executive Director and Hero Dog Honor. Hero Dog Maggie attended the presentation and assisted with picture taking.

The festival donation included contributions from the 2018 Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival, the Clustered Spires British Car Club who donated their car show registration fees, and the dance group, Tir na nOg who contributed their performance fee.

For the second time, Hero Dogs was the designated charity of the Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival. Hero Dogs raises, trains, and places service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge with lifetime support of the partnerships.

Check out their website and see Hero Dog Clara’s new puppies.

June 16, 2018

The 2018 Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival is being dedicated to honor and support our nation’s Veterans.  To that end we have partnered with


Hero Dogs, Inc., a Maryland 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, improves quality of life for our nation’s heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge with lifetime support of the partnerships



Where can I meet Hero Dogs and show my support?

Hero Dogs will be located in the Veterans Area just down the small hill heading to the Lowland where the Highland Athletic Games take place.

You will also see Hero Dogs:

Opening Ceremony 12noon on the Athletic Games Field:

Afternoon Tea Benefitting Hero Dogs 3:30-4:30pm in the VIP Hall.  BUT only if you have a separate ticket. Tickets are limited to 24; first-come-first-served.  Buy tickets here:

–  Beer Tasting Benefitting Hero Dogs At the beer tasting tent. This is a free tasting; however a donation is suggested.

–  Donation Buckets   Support Hero Dog and their mission to provide serviced dogs to America’s heroes!  Look for donation buckets throughout the festival grounds.

Dog Lovers Quilt and Matching Dog Bed  A raffle of a dog-themed raffle quilt and dog bed will be benefit Hero Dogs. Buy tickets at the Hero Dogs area, the Quilts of Valor booth, or the festival’s host tent just inside the Main admission gate.

Out and About  Look for Hero Dogs and their people throughout the day as they are ‘out and about’ enjoying festival day.


Festival Supporters

The following veteran and non-profits organizations support our festival through volunteer efforts, demonstrations, and other activities to benefit the festival and its attendees.


Quilts of Valor


Quilts of Valor®

   A Quilt of Valor® is a personal award, like a military or civilian commendation, a gesture of gratitude from a grateful nation that says “Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and welcome home.”  A Quilt of Valor is a lifetime award.

The mission of the Quilts of Valor® Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

   Quilts of Valor® (QOVs) have been awarded to both active service members and veterans from all services, all conflicts and wars. Quilts are sent to combat medical facilities and to medical centers oversea. Many cover our heroes on chilly medevac flights home. Others are presented at military medical facilities stateside, as well as at Veteran Medical Centers. Most QOVs are presented to individuals in award ceremonies at unit formations, American Legion or VFW meeting places, community centers, veterans’ own homes, places of worship, special locations, or memorials—any place that is comfortable and appropriate for our recipients.
   Each QOV bears a label noting it is a “Quilt of Valor.” The quilts we award are not charity quilts. They are not blankets. Each QOV is created, one piece at a time, by members of our community of quilters, who live in every state in the union, and in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
   We believe that, as we sew, love, care, and gratitude flow from our hearts, through our hands into the quilts we make.  We hope that these quilts are a tangible reminder that there are thousands of women and men across this land who are forever in your debt.
   This year’s booth is supported by:

Les, The Leatherneck Kilted Quilter!


About 3 years ago Les P., a Marine Vietnam Combat Veteran, was on a shopping trip with his wife, Elaine, who wanted to buy a longarm quilting machine. He discovered that the longarm was just another “power tool.” The rest is history.

Since then he has quilted over 600 quilts; the majority of which are Quilts of Valor.


To request a Quilt of Valor, please visit the website and click on the “Request a QOV” button.

 Department of Veterans Affairs

Mobile Vet Center Unit, Martinsburg, WV.  The purpose of our Vet Centers is to provide counseling services to our military men and women; those which are readjusting back to civilian life, and those who suffer from PTSD, military sexual trauma, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, and other conditions.  The Martinsburg Vet Center also provides family and marriage counseling as well, all at no cost.  The Mobile Vet Center is an extension of the brick and mortar Vet Center, and is staffed with a technician and counselor. 

 Vet Center

 Mobile Vet Center



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Scottish-American Military Society (SAMS) Post 2 (Post of the Potomac)

The SAMS Post of the Potomac will be directly engaged during the festival in three key areas: We will be providing the Color Guard duties for the opening and closing ceremonies, our members established and will be participating  in the first Wounded Warrior Highland Athletics demonstration for the Mid-Atlantic region, and, most importantly, we will be providing direct support to the Wounded Warriors attending the festival from our tent co-located with the Wounded Warriors in their reserved festival area.

Scottish-American Military Society (SAMS)







MISSION: Provide a friendly handicap-accessible camp
environment and therapeutic outdoor activities like hunting
and fishing, LEEK believes in encouraging our wounded heroes
to focus on their abilities, without compromising their current
physical limitations
PURPOSE: LEEK believes in providing a safe and friendly
environment where wounded U.S. service members can assist
each other through the healing process, both mentally and
physically. We offer recreational opportunities
specifically geared to each wounded veterans’ needs and

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Melwood Veteran Services


Over the years, Melwood has supported hundreds of veterans with their efforts to overcome physical, behavioral, and emotional challenges with post-traumatic stress and mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Melwood Veterans Services LLC (MVSLLC) is a newly formed non-profit organization in the Melwood family of services. MVSLLC grew out of the very successful Operation: Tohidu, founded in 2014 as an experiential healing program for a growing population of warfighters living with post-traumatic stress, mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury and other deployment-related traumas.

Melwood Veteran Services LLC offers a variety of supportive services for our Nation’s warfighters who return with physical, neurological, behavioral, emotional, and other challenges that impede their ability to reintegrate successfully into civilian life and the civilian workforce. Through this newly formed 501(C) (3) non-profit service organization, veterans seeking assistance with employment, career development and community reintegration will find the resources and support they need to thrive both in their professional and personal lives.

MVSLLC also provides corporate leadership training on the best practices for hiring and retaining veterans with differing abilities in the workforce. Melwood’s longstanding history of employing and training veterans with physical, behavioral, or other deployment-related challenges revealed a gap in employment-related services geared to warfighters in the community.   Melwood human resources and vocational support services staff will work in partnership with MVSLLC to implement the appropriate accommodations for veterans, living with post-traumatic stress and other behavioral or physical challenges, who wish to reenter the civilian workforce.

National Remember Our Troops Campaign (NJROTC)

 is a 501(c)(3) military and veterans charity dedicated to remembering the service and sacrifice of all military service members, all veterans, and their families, supporting those in need and letting them know they are not forgotten.

 encourages you to Remember Our Troops and Veterans…


 is active combating stress, PTSD, and suicide among servicemembers and veterans.


 provides employment for unemployed veterans and assistance to veterans who are homeless or have fallen on hard times.


 works to RAISE AWARENESS in local communities throughout our population, of military and veteran’s issues, and to provide ways for Americans to become involved in supporting our troops and veterans.