V&E Hann selects homeowner to receive new furnace

Cleveland Heights resident Jon Holmes (left) with Chris Hann, co-owner of Verne & Ellsworth Hann Inc.

Cleveland Heights resident Jon Holmes received a free furnace from Verne & Ellsworth Hann Inc. as part of the company’s Helping Hann Free Furnace contest.

An Army veteran, Holmes was nominated by his sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Don Lash of South Euclid.

Holmes lives in the Forest Hill neighborhood, in a house that’s been in the family since 1942. The old furnace was installed in 1951 and had to be oiled every day—a difficult task for Holmes, who suffers from a nerve disability.

The Helping Hann contest was created to assist someone in such a situation, according to Chris Hann, co-owner of the Cleveland Heights-based heating and cooling business. The company solicited nominations through December and January, and announced the winner on Jan. 31.

“We want to share our good fortune by giving something back to the community that’s been so good to our family all these years,” Hann said.

The total value of the furnace and installation is about $3,500. Holmes said it’s the only thing he’s ever won, except for a pair of shoes a long time ago—and they didn’t fit.

Bob Rosenbaum

Cleveland Heights resident Bob Rosenbaum is co-chair of the Heights Observer Advisory Committee, and is responsible for its advertising sales and market development.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:02 AM, 02.14.2017