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Article By: Elizabeth Grepp
Contact Phone Number: (216) 447-4477 Ext. 115

Coats for Kids and Howard Hanna Real Estate Unite to Help Children in Northeastern Ohio

Cleveland, OH (11/2/2012) -- Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and Coats for Kids have been working together each year since 1997 to ensure that local children and their families have warm coats during the cold Midwestern winters.

This year is the 31st anniversary of Coats for Kids, which started in November of 1981. Since then, the organization has raised over $3.25 million and distributed over 500,000 coats to children throughout Northeastern Ohio.

Coats for Kids has aggressive 2012 goals. Collection of at least 25,000 new or gently used coats as well as a monetary goal of $125,000 is the objective for this year. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is proud to be partnering with the organization and also that every Howard Hanna office is a drop-off location kids coats.

The Howard Hanna Real Estate six week 2012 Coats for Kids campaign begins on Monday, November the 5th and ends on Sunday, December the 16th. The distribution days are on Wednesday, December 19th and Thursday, December 20th.

Ali Smrcina has been the chairperson for Coats for Kids at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services for the past four years. “I am so excited to be chairing again this year,” said Smrcina. “It’s a rewarding experience and really gets us all in the mood for the holiday season. The thankful faces of the children and gratitude of their families is the best part.”

Debbie Martinko, Executive Director for Coats for Kids, has been working with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and looks forward to a successful season. "Coats for Kids could not do what we do without the help of our partners in the northeast Ohio community,” said Martinko. "Howard Hanna has been an incredible partner for many years, with thousands of gently-worn coats being collected each year in their office locations throughout the area. We also know we can always count on Howard Hanna representatives to help get the coats to the children who need them most, as local Howard Hanna employees volunteer each year at our annual coat distribution event."

Coats for Kids is also doing a raffle this year for two cash prizes or a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander. Tickets can be purchased at live WTAM events or by going online. You can also give the gift of time by volunteering at the Coats for Kids warehouse. For more information please call Loretta Arnold at 216-986-8957.

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the #1 real estate company in Pennsylvania and Ohio and the 4th largest real estate company in the United States. The family-owned and full-service real estate company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgages, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal services, insurance services, corporate relocation and property management.  With 140 offices across PA, MI, OH, NY & WV, Howard Hanna’s more than 4,700 sales associates, management and staff are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process.   

To learn more please visit http://www.howardhanna.com/hanna_advantage/custom1.asp or www.howardhanna.com or www.facebook.com/howardhanna    

Media contacts:
Elizabeth Grepp, 216-447-4477 x115,
Deborah Donahue, 412-967-9000 x328,

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