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Arbitration Coming for Youghiogheny Country Club and White Oak Animal Safe Haven

Friday, October, 24, 2014

A dispute over $10,000 in unpaid bills at Youghiogheny Country Club is headed for arbitration, with the White Oak Animal Safe Haven claiming that its former Vice President, Frank Sabolcik, rang up the charges for personal use as part of a scheme that the animal shelter claims amounted to $73,000 in theft by Sabolcik.


The Country Club claims the bill stems mainly from the annual Fido Ball held back in 2012, which has remained unpaid since that date.  A court had ordered the shelter to pay the bill, but White Oak counter-sued, seeking to separate Sabolcik out as the defendant and claiming that he alone rang up the charges at the Country Club, including $7,360.09 for food, $2,257.10 in gratuities, $1,360.31 spent on items, an ice sculpture that cost nearly $300, and $720 for golf outings.  The shelter describes all of these costs as personal, without direction by or benefit to the shelter.


The Shelter regularly used the Country Club for fundraisers without incident prior to the dispute.  The Country Club, understandably, is not concerned with who precisely pays the outstanding bill, only that it, in fact, be paid.  The prior court ruling against the shelter ordering the payment did, in fact, name Sabolcik specifically (as well as Ina Jean Marton, the founder of White Oak Animal Safe Haven, and Sue Galaski, a member of the shelter’s governing board.


The shelter did not detail how Sabolcik stole the additional $63,000 or what that number represents in either goods, cash, or services.