Sewickley eatery offers tailgaters chance to help treat ailing children
While tailgaters at Sharp Edge Bistro watch the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, they will be helping needy children receive medical care.
The event, to be held at 2 p.m. at the Sewickley eatery, 510 Beaver St., rear, is part of Howard Hanna's 25th yearly Chow Chow campaign to raise money for the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund.
The event, hosted by the Sewickley Howard Hanna office, will feature a gourmet tailgate buffet, drinks, live musical entertainment and the football game, which begins at 4:05 p.m.
The Lost Boys, a Sewickley band, will provide entertainment beginning at 2 p.m. Raffles for cash, lottery tickets, a wheelbarrow of cheer — filled with alcohol — a football squares pool and other items will be featured.
Debbie Donahue, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services director of public relations, said every year, a companywide raffle is held. Tickets will be for sale at all Chow Chow events and at all 149 Howard Hanna offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, New York and West Virginia.
This year, the winner will receive $15,000 cash. The drawing will be held Dec. 20.
Jennifer Markus, a Sewickley Howard Hanna Realtor, said last year — her first year as chairwoman — the Sewickley office raised more than $7,000 for the Children's Hospital Free Care Fund with a tailgate party at the Sewickley Hotel. This year, the goal is $10,000.
She said there have been Chow Chow events in Sewickley since the beginning of the campaign. The Sewickley office also raises money from raffles on Light Up Night.
The Free Care Fund pays for medical care for children whose families can't afford it.
Howard Hanna partners with 11 children's hospitals in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, including Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Last year, $760,000 was raised. Since the first year of the campaign, 1988, more than $8.3 million has been raised.
Donahue said about 100 Chow Chow events are being held this year through Christmas throughout the Pittsburgh region, in Erie, in Harrisburg, in northeastern Ohio and in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The events were named Choo Choo Chow Chow when the first fundraising holiday luncheons were held at Howard Hanna offices to go along with the Hanna “Choo Choo” that went from office to office for each luncheon, like a train making stops, Donahue said.
Chow Chow events have evolved into other fundraisers, such as wine tastings, dinners, tailgates, Saturday breakfasts, home tours, 5K races and golf outings.
Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.