V&E Hann Inc. seeks nominations for furnace giveaway
For the second consecutive year, Verne & Ellsworth Hann Inc. will give away a furnace, including installation, to someone in need. Chris Hann, co-owner of the Cleveland Heights-based heating, cooling and plumbing contractor, is asking for nominations from the community.
“Last year, it was our honor to install a new furnace for someone so deserving," said Hann. "Again, we want to share our good fortune by continuing to give back to the community. We are hopeful people in our community will raise their hand to let us know if they or someone they know is in need of a new furnace.”
Nominations will be accepted through March 15, for individuals or families who live in the extended Heights area. The winner will be selected based on a range of considerations, including age, physical disabilities, financial challenges and military service.
Last year, Verne & Ellsworth Hann installed a free furnace for Jon Holmes of Cleveland Heights, who was nominated by his sister. It replaced a 66-year-old unit that needed to be oiled daily in order to keep running—a difficult task for the U.S. Army Veteran, who suffers from a nerve disability.
This year, the winner will receive a new high efficiency heating system and installation, with a total value of up to $3,500. The cost of electrical and chimney modifications, which are sometimes necessary, aren’t included in the giveaway, because those need to be handled by other tradesmen.
Verne & Ellsworth Hann plans to select a handful of finalists and then make personal visits to identify any added costs that would have to be covered. “We want this to be good news for someone in need,” Chris Hann said.
Verne & Ellsworth Hann is committed to its customers and community. As part of that commitment, when the company expanded, its owners decided to relocate within Cleveland Heights, to the corner of Lee and Yorkshire roads. Chris and Bill Hann stated, “It was important to stay in Cleveland Heights, where we have been located for the past 65 years. Remaining in the Heights allows us to better serve our valued customers in the community and surrounding area.”
Chris, Bill and their sister Patty Siegfried represent the family’s fourth generation in the trade; fifth-generation nephew Jason Franey manages their service department.
To nominate yourself or someone else to receive the free furnace, look for the nomination form on page 5 of the January print issue of the Heights Observer, or visit www.vehbrothers.com/helping-hann/.
Cleveland Heights resident Bob Rosenbaum is co-chair of the Heights Observer Advisory Committee, and is responsible for its advertising sales and market development.