A Commitment to Children:

The Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund Campaign

Now in its 25th year, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services annual ‘Choo Choo Chow Chow’ fundraising season to benefit the Children’s Free Care Fund is officially underway!

Howard Hanna is proud to play a major role in the annual fundraising efforts for the Children’s Free Care Fund.  The mission of the Free Care Fund is to help ensure that children from the regions we serve receive the best medical treatment available. 

A big thank you goes out to all who joined us at our Chow Chow events last year, along with our great sponsors and donations received from local businesses.  Our 2012 campaign was a tremendous success and we presented checks to local hospitals totaling $760,974!  Over the past 24 years, we have donated over $8.3 million to the Children’s Free Care Fund and are looking forward to a raising the bar even higher in 2013.

Our annual fundraising campaign is known as the Howard Hanna "Choo Choo Chow Chow" but over the years it’s become known as just the Chow Chow, as ‘when is your Chow Chow this year?’


Usually held during the fourth quarter of the year, all Howard Hanna offices participate by holding a fun luncheon or evening event. Donations and sponsors are sought and tickets are sold.  All of our events which are open to the public and generously supported by the community.  Originally, the events were ‘pot-luck’ luncheons but now range from the good ole’ luncheons to wine tastings to bowling parties to battle of the bands to breakfast with Santa to murder mystery dinners to Steelers parties.  We even have a few golf tournaments each year as well.  Regardless of the location, all events are held for one purpose, the care of children.   Silent and ‘Chinese’ auctions, prize drawings, gift baskets, 50/50 raffles,  money trees, gift card trees, and of course, lots of good food! 

“Children’s hospitals cannot do what they do without the support of the local community”, said Howard Hanna’s CEO, Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III.  “Your support helps improve the health and well-being of area children who are faced with disability, disease or chronic conditions.  More than ever, children need all of our help.”

This year our companywide raffle is for $10,000 CASH!  Raffle tickets are available at all Howard Hanna events and office locations.  Tickets are just 3 for $10.00 with all proceeds going to the Free Care Fund.  The drawing will be held at the company’s annual awards event in February 2013. 


A schedule of our Chow Chow events can be found in area newspapers, on www.howardhanna.com/event or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/howardhanna/events, or call your neighborhood office for more information.

Howard Hanna wishes you a very happy holiday season and hopes you join us at one or more of our “Chow Chow” events this year!  

Nine different Children’s hospital facilities in PA and OH benefit from the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund campaign:  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) and Akron Children’s Hospital. 

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