Howard Hanna Children's Free Care Fund

At Howard Hanna, we are dedicated to giving back to the communities where we live and work. As part of that commitment, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services proudly supports more than 500 causes, charities and events annually in our market areas across the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Virginia, Michigan, West Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.

Company Vision Point #4

To give time and resources to help bring a better quality of life to those less fortunate.


The Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund Foundation was established in April of 2012 to support the charitable activities of the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund annual campaign. It is governed by a board of directors serving two-to-four year terms. The Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund is supported by the Hanna family and by the volunteer efforts of the company’s agents and employees, along with generous donations and sponsorships from the community.

In 1988, we began our annual campaign to raise money for the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to assure that children would never be denied the best medical care available, whether helping children without health insurance pay for treatment or to fund cutting-edge care that insurance may not cover.

The first fundraising event was as a ‘potluck’ luncheon held at the Howard Hanna corporate office. Everyone in the community was invited along with clients, family and friends to the $5 “Chow Chow” luncheon with proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital. It was a big success! So the next year, a “Chow Chow” was held at all ten Howard Hanna offices and the name “Choo Choo Chow Chow” evolved as the events were held at office after office, as a train makes stop after stop.

Decades later, the campaign and company have grown to where we have 100+ Chow Chow events each year, and have donated more than $14 million to children’s free care and related programs/activities in the markets where we live and work. We have added children’s hospital partners as we have expanded into new regions. 


Current children’s hospital partners:

  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Hamot Health Foundation (Erie, PA)
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie (Erie, PA)
  • Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital (Hershey, PA)
  • Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital (Cleveland, OH)
  • Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo/John R. Oishei Children's Hospital (Buffalo, NY)
  • University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (Cleveland, OH)
  • MetroHealth (Cleveland, OH)
  • Akron Children’s Hospital (Akron, OH)
  • C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (Norfolk, VA)
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH)


Related programs and activities that have benefited from the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund:

  • YMCA Send a Kid to Camp program   
  • Miracle League of the South Hills
  • Safe Kids Erie
  • North Star Reach
  • Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services
  • Urban League
  • Holy Family Institute
  • William Raveis Sandy Hook Elementary Education Fund
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Carnegie Legacy Project
  • Genre’s Kids with Cancer Fund

Look up, not down. Look forward, not back.

Look out, not in. Lend a hand.

The Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund is a registered non-profit 501 (c)(3). Federal Tax ID # 26-0812693.
Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.



Ralph J. Papa
Ralph J. Papa
Chairman

Naples, FL | Retired; Chairman, Citizens Bank of PA

Kelly Hanna Riley
Kelly Hanna Riley
Vice Chair

Pittsburgh, PA | Vice President & Director of Sales, Howard Hanna Adams Township/Seven Fields office

Annie Hanna Engel, Esquire
Annie Hanna Engel, Esquire
Secretary

Pittsburgh, PA | President, Howard Hanna Insurance Services; Chief Legal Counsel, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Tracy Rossetti Delvaux
Tracy Rossetti Delvaux
Treasurer

Pittsburgh, PA | Chief Financial Officer, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Michelle DeGulis
Michelle DeGulis
Board Member

Chagrin Falls, OH | Vice President and Manager, Howard Hanna Chagrin Falls office

Congressman Mike Doyle
Congressman Mike Doyle
Board Member

Pittsburgh, PA | U.S. Congressman, 14th District of Pennsylvania

Dr. Rachel A. Egler, MD
Dr. Rachel A. Egler, MD
Board Member

Cleveland, OH | Director, Community Oncology, UH Cleveland Medical Center; Associate Professor, Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine

Kim P. Georges
Kim P. Georges
Board Member

Norfolk, VA | Manager, Howard Hanna William E. Wood Downtown Norfolk office

Rosetta S. Gorman
Rosetta S. Gorman
Board Member

Pepper Pike, OH

The Honorable Jennifer S. McCrady
The Honorable Jennifer S. McCrady
Board Member

Pittsburgh, PA | Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County

Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg
Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg
Board Member

Pittsburgh, PA | Chancellor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh

Colleen O'Brien
Colleen O'Brien
Board Member

Pittsburgh, PA | Retired

Richard W. Reed, Jr.
Richard W. Reed, Jr.
Board Member

Pittsburgh, PA | Senior Vice President, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, Jr.
Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, Jr.
Board Member

Pittsburgh, PA | President & Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh

Edward D. Surovell
Edward D. Surovell
Board Member

Ann Arbor, MI | Chairman, Howard Hanna Michigan

Reverend Kenneth White
Reverend Kenneth White
Board Member

Pittsburgh, PA | Retired Associate Pastor, Southminster Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon

Cathryn G. Winghart
Cathryn G. Winghart
Board Member

Pittsburgh, PA | Senior Vice President and Manager, Howard Hanna Wexford office

Our local real estate offices host “Chow Chow” fundraising events each year. To see when a Chow Chow is happening near you, check out our calendar of upcoming events below! 

Can't make it to a Chow Chow event? This year, it's easier than ever to make a donation! Send a donation via PayPal using the button below, or contribute every time you shop on Amazon. Each time you start your shopping with AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Children's Free Care Fund. Simply visit smile.amazon.com, sign into your Amazon account, type Howard Hanna into the search box, and select Howard Hanna Children's Free Care Fund from the search results.



February
February 17th6pm-9pmNew Philadelphia Chow Chow
Dinner and Auction
The Schoenbrunn Inn & Conference Center
1886 W High Ave, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Contact the New Philadelphia Office
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March
March 5th12pm-5pmFirst New York Chow Chow
Howard Hanna, RealtyUSA, Nothnagle, and 1st Priority Mortgage
Tonawanda Castle
69 Delaware St, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Contact Charlene Zaratti:
716-837-7500
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