Howard Hanna gives back to the community by helping children’s hospitals

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Chairman and CEO Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna III announced that the company’s 2012 donations to local children’s hospitals topped $760,000, up from $695,000 last year. The company’s annual “Choo Choo Chow Chow” fund-raising campaign, established 25 years ago, has donated $8.3 million for the care of children at children’s hospitals in market areas that the company serves.

“Our goal is to see every child treated regardless of their financial resources or insurance status,” said Hanna.

“The ongoing dedication of our sales associates, management team and staff to the Children’s Free Care Fund is tremendous as thousands of volunteer hours are spent planning office Chow Chow events, striving to make them better and better every year,” said Hanna. “Additionally, the remarkable support we receive from our business partners and sponsors, along with people in the community, is what makes it all work.”

Beneficiaries of the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund in the local area include patients at Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, MetroHealth and University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.


Discover Downtown Akron Passports on sale for $10

Reserve two seats for opening day at Canal Park. Receive admission to see The Cinderella Files at Akron Civic Theatre, the Canadian Brass Band at EJ Thomas Hall and Akron Symphony Orchestra Concerts for Kids. These are just four of the remaining 12 events on the Discover Downtown Akron Passport.

This is the second year Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) has offered the passport, designed to give residents a taste of what Downtown Akron offers all year long. Events include exclusive tours, admission to popular venues, sporting events and theater. Although four events have passed, the 12 remaining events are valued at $162.

“It still is an extreme value to purchase the passport at the new price of $10,” said Sharon Gillberg, communications director at DAP. “Most of the offerings left have values of $10 or more. Just to attend one or two of these events will provide guests a return on their investment, plus give them a chance to experience Downtown Akron.”

Passports can be purchased from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the DAP office, 103 South High Street, and online at NOTO Boutique at the Shoppes at Akron Center, 76 South Main Street, and the Library Shop on Main, 60 South High Street, also are selling passports through the end of April.


The Summit County Historical Society honors famous Akronites

The Summit County Historical Society in Akron presented awards Saturday, March 16, to the 2013 Class of Summit Award recipients, co-sponsored by the city of Akron. These awards are presented to distinguished past and present residents of Akron who have been recognized nationally for inspirational accomplishments and whose life stories continue to impact Greater Akron. To see the video biographies of each of the recipients, go to

Sports: Carol Heiss Jenkins, Hayes Jenkins and David Jenkins. Ice skating world champions Hayes Jenkins won gold and Carol Heiss Jenkins took home silver in the 1956 Winter Olympics. Carol Heiss Jenkins and David Jenkins captured gold in 1960. The Jenkins brothers are graduates of Buchtel High School.

Industrialism: Harvey Firestone, deceased. founder of the rubber company that bears his name.

Humanitarianism: Brevet Maj. Gen. Alvin C. Voris, deceased, a citizen soldier who formed and led troops in the cause of the Union during the Civil War. After 1865, he was an Akron community leader and fought for equal rights for emancipated African slaves and women’s rights alike.

Medicine: Dr. Haynes Robinson, a graduate of Akron West High School, founder of the Genetic Clinic at Akron Children’s Hospital and director of the Regional Genetic Center, selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

The Arts: Woodrow Nash, a Buchtel High School graduate. He created ceramic sculptures from his studio on South Main Street that have been collected worldwide and are in the homes of many Hollywood celebrities, created in the “African Nuveau” style he invented.

Entertainment: Melina Kanakaredes, a graduate of Firestone High School, was the star of TV show “Providence” for 5 seasons and “CSI: NY” opposite Gary Sinise for six seasons.

The winners were recognized at Greystone Hall at a presentation hosted by former Akron Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth. The recipients and/or their descendants were on hand to receive the honor.


DeHoff Realtors honored

DeHoff Realtors recently honored three Realtors at the company’s 2012 annual awards brunch at Gervasi Vineyard. JoAnn Grisak, a 36-year veteran of the real estate industry, received company awards in three categories: Number One Sales Associate, Number One Listing Agent and Most Units Sold. “The Belden Team” of Joanna Belden and Karen Belden, who have 33 years of collective experience in the industry, was named the company’s Number One Team of the Year, along with awards for Number One Listing Team and Number One in Top Units for 2012.


Call for volunteers . . .Green & Clean Day set for Friday, May 3

Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) is recruiting volunteers for the sixth annual Green & Clean Day on Friday, May 3. The goal of the event is to engage the community in making downtown vibrant and valuable. Business employees and community members form teams to complete projects around their own downtown property or are assigned tasks within the district. These tasks provide a sense of ownership in the downtown neighborhood and help spruce up Downtown Akron for spring.

Volunteers may work the morning shift, 9 a.m. – noon; the afternoon shift, 1-4 p.m.; or both. Each volunteer gets a T-shirt, goodie bag and lunch. Lunchtime festivities take place at Lock 3 and include entertainment and door prizes.

This year DAP is asking teams to provide supplies and equipment (e.g., paint rags, paint rollers, sponges, buckets, scrub brushes, cleaner, etc.) to help reduce expenditures. There are also sponsorship opportunities available to display company names or organizational logos on the back of the official T-shirt.

Volunteers interested in participating in Green & Clean Day 2013 may register a team or as an individual by filling out an online registration form at or by calling Rich Hoselton at 330-374-7676. Those who wish to participate as a team must register by April 1 to be included in all promotional materials. Individuals must register by April 12 to guarantee participation.

“The 2012 event was a great success with more than 325 volunteers participating,” said Suzie Graham, president of DAP. “Most volunteers were downtown employees, business owners, residents and students.”

According to Graham, last year’s volunteers put in 1,005 hours picking up more than 110 bags of trash and thousands of cigarette butts; sweeping 40 blocks of sidewalks and washing, parking meters and planters. Other tasks ranged from weed removal, painting, mulching flower beds and planting flowers to giving major facelifts to the fountain at Cascade Plaza, Commerce Park and the Akron Symphony’s new location.