Then, there is the "One Person Who Makes A Big Difference" category of Pittsburgher. My choice this year is fellow Pittsburgh Blogger Michelle (aka 'Burgh Baby), who thus far has raised over $2800.00 with her "Christmas Crazy" campaign to "help provide some kids with a little Christmas Magic". She did this because she is from Pittsburgh, and that is what we do. What does she get out of it? Nada - except for the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that you are doing something that matters. If you would like to contribute to the Christmas Crazy fund, you can click here to go to the 'Burgh Baby blog.
Then, there are the unlimited number of companies who contribute to limitless charities all year long, raising millions of dollars because that small town generosity does not stop with the individual person.
Howard Hanna is one of those companies, and the Holiday Season is when the Choo Choo Chow Chow fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund is in full swing.
So, what's up with that name? You can ask, because when I first heard it I needed to know the story behind it. When Hoddy Hanna, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Howard Hanna began the fundraiser 21 years ago, the idea was that each office would be a stop on the fundraising train (hence, "Choo Choo") and that each stop would offer food (hence, "Chow Chow). Now, the Chow Chows are held throughout the year, but primarily during the holiday months of November and December. They range from golf outings, to evening soirees and include delicious food, along with fabulous auctions and raffles. All of the proceeds benefit the Free Care Fund, and the company has raised nearly $5.5 Million over the last 20 years.
My office is holding their annual Chow Chow at the Sunnyledge Boutique Hotel and Tea Room in Shadyside, this Friday, November 20th at 7pm. There will be some wonderful food courtesy of the Rivers Club, and of course some great auctions. I know you want to bid on my Spoiled Dog Basket! (details are forthcoming)
Tickets are $25, are available at the door, and include food, beer, wine and vodka drinks. You will also receive two tickets for entry into the annual car giveaway. This year's car is a 2010 Jeep Liberty 4X4! If you can't attend the event, raffle tickets for the car are still available. Please contact me!Also, if you would like information on your neighborhood's Chow Chow fundraiser, please visit the Howard Hanna website for more information.