2013 is the twenty-fifth year of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services’ company-wide ‘ChooChoo ChowChow’ fundraising campaign for Children’s Free Care and associated programs/activities.
Last year our campaign was very successful, thanks to all who attended our 'Chow Chow' events and all of our wonderful sponsors. We raised and donated $760,000 to local children's hospitals and more than $8.3 million since the start of our annual campaign.
Free Care Funds which provide medical care to all children, regardless of insurance or the family’s ability to pay or for cutting edge care that insurance may not cover.
Our Sales Associates, Managers and Staff, along with the Hanna family, work tiredlessly on fun, festive events to raise the most money possible for Children's Free Care and associated costs. Chow Chow events are held September through December. Call your local Howard Hanna office to see when their Chow Chow is this year on view the event calendar on our website viewed on our website event calendar
or the Howard Hanna Children's Free Care Fund Facebook page
We hope you will join us at a Chow Chow this year!
Howard Hanna partners with eleven children’s hospitals in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Hershey Medical Center, Pinnacle Health (Harrisburg), Hamot Medical Center ‘Circle of Care’ (Erie), Shriner’s Children’s Hospital of Erie, University Hospital Rainbow Babies (Cleveland), Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, MetroHealth (Cleveland), Akron Children’s Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (Ann Arbor) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus).
Short history of Howard Hanna's annual “Choo Choo Chow Chow” fundraising campaign
In 1988, CEO Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III was asked by the Old Newsboys (Pittsburgh Press) to raise money for their organization by placing money collection cans in all Howard Hanna offices during the holiday season. As Hoddy would visit the offices, he would always check the cans to see how the collection was going. Unfortunately, he kept noticing that the cans were pretty much empty…and that year, the company only raised a couple hundred dollars.
The next year, Cathy Winghart, Howard Hanna Relocation Director at the time, currently Vice President and Manager of Howard Hanna Wexford office, suggested to Hoddy that the company's Corporate Office do a “covered dish” holiday luncheon as a fundraiser. Everyone was asked to bring a homemade covered dish and invite all their clients, friends, neighbors, families, etc. to the luncheon. As most people were usually spending $5 to go out for lunch, the donation to attend Howard Hanna’s holiday luncheon would also be $5.
The luncheon was a huge success and the company raised much more money that year!
So the next year (and every year since) all of Howard Hanna's neighborhood offices began to have holiday buffet luncheons with the proceeds going to the Children’s Free Care Fund.
Next, a name was needed for these successful luncheons. Marketing Director Lynn Hecklinger suggested calling them “Chow Chows” to go along with the Howard Hanna “Choo Choo” (train) that went from office to office for each luncheon.
...and that is how Howard Hanna’s “Choo Choo Chow Chow” fundraising campaign got its name.
In addition to the original weekday luncheon, different event ideas have evolved. Many Chow Chow events are held in the evening such as wine tastings, dinners with local restaurants participating or to watch sporting events. There are also Saturday breakfasts, home tours, gameday tailgate parties, 5K races and a few offices begin early with golf outings in the spring and summer.
In addition to fabulous food and goodies that is served at Chow CHow events, most events also will have entertainment and/or music, silent auctions, Chinese auctions, 50-50 raffles, gift card trees, money bowls, baskets of cheer and door prizes. Even a visit by Santa Claus or other celebrities is know to occur!
Regardless of the venue and theme, Howard Hanna Chow Chow fundraising events raise money for the care of children...and that's what matters the most!
We hope to see you at Chow Chow this year.
For more information or to make a donation, please contact Debbie Donahue at Howard Hanna's Corporate office (412) 967-9000 x328 or firstname.lastname@example.org