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Double your Heathers on Dan Patch Red Carpet

February 19, 2018

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What's better than one Heather? Two Heathers, of course!

Well-known harness racing personalities Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder will be walking the Red Carpet at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday night, Feb. 25, at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., and broadcasting live on their Facebook pages.

Heather Vitale's Facebook page can be found here. Heather Wilder's Facebook page can be found here.

"If you can't make the banquet we are going to bring the party to you!" said Wilder.

The Facebook Live shows will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m., when the awards dinner will commence.

Sponsored by Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Ron Burke, the entire awards dinner, hosted by Roger Huston and Jason Settlemoir, will be broadcast live on the USHWA Facebook page and available on the U.S. Trotting Association's YouTube page the following day, Monday, Feb. 26.

Vitale has hosted two popular television shows: Post Time and PA Harness Week. In addition to her local weekly productions, the charismatic personality has covered the sport nationally on espn2, CBSSN and MAV-TV. Vitale loves communicating with Standardbred enthusiasts around the world via social media and her unconventional interviews with a "when in doubt, add glitter" attitude has brought a unique sparkle to the sport and grabbed the attention of new fans.

Wilder is currently known for her handling talent management for the Delaware County Fair during the live TV broadcast of the Little Brown Jug. While working as public relations and marketing director for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association she became a pioneer of reporting on racing on Facebook Live and coordinated the promotion of countless on-track events. She was the 2013 recipient of USHWA's Lew Barasch Memorial Breakthrough Award.

While the two Heathers will interview arriving attendees on the Red Carpet, one special guest will be Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair, considered by many to be the greatest professional wrestler of all-time. Flair is attending the Dan Patch Awards dinner as a guest of one of the honorees and will also be meeting and greeting attendees on the Red Carpet, which is sponsored by Hoosier Park.

Dinner tickets must be ordered by Tuesday, Feb. 20, by contacting Judy Wilson via email at zoe8874@aol.com or by phone at 302-359-3630. You can download the form to order the $175 dinner tickets on the USHWA site at http://www.ushwa.net/. Dinner selections must be made at the time of ordering, with the choices either filet mignon, Caribbean spiced grouper or a vegetable plate. All meals are prepared gluten-free. (USHWA)

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