More than 260 people turned out in support of Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund for the 11th annual “Taste of the Valley.”
Presented for the first time at the newly renovated Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, the event raised about $22,000 for the fund, which ensures local families receive the medical care that is needed for their children.

A star team of chefs from across Northeast Ohio’s restaurant scene donated their time and talent that evening, presenting a unique selection of food tastings for guests.
Attendees perused the various tables, enjoying the tastes of the 16 different restaurant donors as well as well as cocktails, wine and craft beer. Larry Kopiske served as DJ and emcee for the event. Guests enjoyed a lottery wreath, Mad Hatter Deck of Cards Drawing, a live auction and Barrel of Booze raffle. Taste of the Valley was chaired by Mary Beth Wolfe, manager of the Howard Hanna Chagrin Falls office.

Proceeds benefit the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund fundraising campaign, which is now in its 32nd year and was established in 1988. Since its inception, Howard Hanna has donated in excess of $16 million to 10 children’s hospitals and related programs and activities.

“Our goal is to see every child treated for medical care regardless of their financial resources or insurance status,” Howard W. “Hoby” Hanna IV, said.

Last year, the companywide program raised over $1 million and the Chagrin Falls office alone raised more than $40,000. Locally, Howard Hanna offices raised and donated over $300,000 from last year’s campaign. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUE REID

Jeff Bonato and Laurel Heater with Michael and Ashlyn Brzozowski

Denise Derbyshire, Larry Kopiske and Nancy Irwin

Peter Goldman and Kathy Stanek

Rachel Liberati, Casey Nightwine, Beth Jones and Barbara Whitner

Danielle Szabo, Mary Beth Wolfe, Jeff Jaskiel and Anne Harmody

Kimberly Bohley, Jane Maroun and Kathleen Higley