Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III, has a strong handshake, a warm presence, and a clear passion for helping kids and their families. As the chairman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he inspires company-wide enthusiasm for philanthropy. So when his company merged with William E. Wood in 2014, local agents immediately embraced his work to improve the lives of Hampton Roads children by supporting CHKD.
Hoddy, as everyone calls him, is no stranger to children’s healthcare. In 1988, he created the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund, which has raised and donated more than $12 million for children’s care programs in communities served by Howard Hanna. CHKD is among a dozen children’s hospitals receiving support from the fund today.
“CHKD is truly a regional resource for families in Virginia and North Carolina,” says Hoddy, who also serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “We are honored to support the efforts of CHKD’s exceptionally dedicated team of medical professionals who save lives every day.”
Hoddy and his two sisters have grown the business their parents began in 1957 into what is now the third largest home seller in the United States. With 270 offices in eight states, returning value to the communities they serve remains a priority.
Throughout the year, local Howard Hanna Real Estate offices hold creative fundraisers ranging from their signature “Choo Choo Chow Chow” luncheons to bowling nights, raising more than $100,000 last year to benefit CHKD. “In Hampton Roads, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched by CHKD in some way,” says Kim Georges, a Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund board member and manager of Howard Hanna Downtown Norfolk. “It is not difficult to get people involved – everyone wants to help CHKD.”
Dennis Cestra Jr., vice president of the Southeast region of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and Hoddy’s nephew, agrees. “From our newest associate to our seasoned agents, everyone works so hard to engage the entire community and make a difference for local kids.”
Hoddy’s enthusiasm for his favorite cause is contagious. “It is easy to stand behind a cause you are passionate about, and we are certainly passionate about the work being done here at CHKD,” he says. “I encourage everyone in the community to consider giving what they can to support children and families in the region.”