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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)
  • 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)
  • John. R. Oishei Children’s Hospital (Buffalo, NY)
  • Golisano Upstate Children’s Hospital (Syracuse, NY)
  • Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center (Albany, NY)

 

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! 

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.


May
May 4th4pm-7pmBuffalo Region Chow Chow
Kentucky Derby Party
SOHO
64 W Chippewa Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Buy Tickets or Donate
May 11th5:30pm-8pm
Collier Chow Chow
Comedy Night
Chartiers Room-Bridgeville VFD
370 Commercial Street, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Buy Tickets or Donate
May 19th12pm-4pmCNY/NNY Regions Chow Chow
Harvest of Hope
Heritage Hill Brewhouse & Palladino Farms
3149 Sweet Road, Pompey, NY 13138
Buy Tickets or Donate

June

June 2nd

 

12:30pm

West Suburban Chow Chow
Designer Bag Bingo

Findley Twp Activity Center
310 Main Street, Imperial, PA 15216

Buy Tickets or Donate