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 Chairman
  • Pittsburgh, PA | Vice President & Pennsylvania North Regional Manager, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
  • 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
  • Dr. Kotayya E. “Koti” Kondaveeti
  • Dr. Kotayya E. “Koti” Kondaveeti
  • Board Member
  • Pittsburgh, PA | Diagnostic Digestive Disease, UPMC East, UPMC Shadyside | Vice President, Network and Business Development UPMC
  • The Honorable Jennifer S. McCrady
  • The Honorable Jennifer S. McCrady
  • Board Member
  • Pittsburgh, PA | Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County
  • 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! 

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August 6th8amCatawba Chow Chow
Golf Outing
Catawba Island Club
4235 Beach Club Road, 43452
Contact the Catawba Office
August 24th6pmJackson Chow Chow
Night at the Races
Lake Cable Clubhouse
5725 Fulton Road NW, 44718
Contact the Jackson Office
September 8th5pm-10pmChardon/Chesterland Chow Chow
Evening of Food, Friendship & Beverages
Cana Winery & Restaurant
10036 Wilson Mills, 44024
Contact the Chardon Office
September 15th4pm-DuskLancaster/East Aurora Chow Chow
Kickball Tournament
Como Park Lake
2220 Como Park Boulevard, 14086
Contact the Lancaster Office
September 25th6pmHampton Chow Chow
Sip, Sip Hooray w/ live music!
Narcisi Winery
4578 Gibsonia Road, 15044
Contact the Hampton Office
September 29th6:30pm-10pmWexford Chow Chow
Octoberfest NIght at the Races
Pine Twp. Community Center
100 Pine Park Drive, 15090
Contact the Wexford Office
October 7th12pm-5pmVA/NC Offices Chow Chow
Party in the Park w/ live band!
Chesapeake City Park
900 City Park Drive, 23320
Contact the Virginia/North Carolina Office
October 12th6pm-10pmAurora Chow Chow
Night at the Races
The Bektram Hotel & Conf Ctr
600 N. Aurora Road, 44202
Contact the Aurora Office
October 13th3pm-7pmEllicottville Chow Chow
Wine Tasting & Pairing
EVL Winery
14 Monroe Street, 14731
Contact the Ellicottville Office
October 19th6pm-10pmStrongsville Chow Chow
Dinner and DJ
Strongsville Rec Center
18100 Royalton Road,44136
Contact the Strongsville Office
October 25th6pm-9pmEast Suburban/Monroeville Chow Chow
Roman Bistro
2104 Ardmore Boulevard, 15221
Contact the Monroeville Office
October 25th5pmChagrin Falls Chow Chow
Taste of the Valley
The Tanglewood Club
8745 Tanglewood Trail, 44023
Contact the Chagrin Falls Office
November 6th4pm-7pmSouth Hills Chow Chow
Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church
Old Clairton Road
Contact the South Hills Office
November 6th6pm-9pmNorwin Chow Chow
Antonelli Event Center
100 Colony Drive, Irwin, 15642
Contact the Norwin Office
November 9th6pm-11pmNorth Royalton Chow Chow
"A Night Out for the Kids"
St. Sava Event Center
2151 W. Wallings Road
Contact the North Royalton Office
November 9th6pm-11pmNorth Hills Chow Chow
Vendor Village
The Mayernik Center
498 Camp Horne Road, 15202
Contact the North Hills Office
December 14thHome Office Chow Chow
Annual Holiday Luncheon
Home Office
6000 Parkland Boulevard, 44124
December 14th11am-2pmCorporate Chow Chow
Annual Holiday Luncheon
Corporate Office
119 Gamma Drive, RIDC, 15238