Joanna's Establishes Ongoing Donation to Benefit Children's Memorial Hospital Chicago

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Joanna's, a newly launched, woman owned-business that offers all-natural, ready-to-bake, premium quality scones will donate a percentage of all sales to benefit Children's Memorial Research Center.

Joanna's, a company which offers all-natural, premium quality, ready-to-bake scones, has announced that a percentage of all product sales will be donated to Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago. This ongoing program is being established simultaneously with the launch of the company and will direct donations through the Medical Research Institute Council to benefit the Children's Memorial Research Center.

Established in 1986, the Children's Memorial Research Center is the research arm of Children's Memorial Hospital and one of a handful of institutions in the United States dedicated to pediatric research. The research center is committed to clinical and basic science research that will lead to improved treatment, cures and ultimately prevention of diseases and other health problems that affect children.

The commitment to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago is one that Joanna and her husband, Ira, have felt very strongly about ever since their son, Zach, was a patient at the hospital in 2001. Based on the astute diagnostic skills of an emergency room physician, Zach was admitted to the hospital and ultimately diagnosed with Meningococcemia, a rare but potentially fatal bacterial infection in the blood stream. The disease requires early and aggressive treatment to prevent disabilities and death. The Habers credit Zach's complete recovery to the superior diagnostic efforts and minute by minute care provided to their son by the hospital's team of physicians and nurses.

The commitment by Joanna's is particular fitting as the inspiration for her scones came shortly after her son was born. Balancing the challenges of caring for a toddler and wanting to serve homemade food to her family, Joanna started baking scones as they could be made fresh, stored frozen and then baked in about 30 minutes. The challenge came in creating an all-natural scone that a child would love. After working and reworking her recipe, Joanna has created the ultimate scone. Joanna knew she had succeeded when her son woke up one morning to the wonderful aromas in the house and said smiling “Mmmm, scones!”

Joanna's all natural scones are ready-to-bake directly from the freezer and come out of the oven bursting with flavor and freshness, thus releasing a fabulous aroma throughout any kitchen. Joanna's scones are available at and at all-natural, taste-conscious groceries, bakeries, cafes, restaurants, hotels and caterers.

About Joanna's

Joanna's, a woman-owned business, offers all natural ready-to-bake scones that completely change the perception of the traditional scone. Extraordinarily moist and made from only the finest all natural ingredients (no preservatives and no trans fats), Joanna's scones are chock-full of only the freshest fruits and most flavorful spices and taste delicious. The scones are easy to bake with no defrosting, no after-baking glaze to artificially add taste, and no mess. Joanna's five-ounce scones are available in four mouthwatering flavors: Apple Spice, Cinnamon Raisin, Chocolate Chip, and Lemon Zest. Additional and seasonal flavors will be introduced in the coming months.

About Children's Memorial Hospital / Medical Research Institute Council

Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, is recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country and number one in Illinois by rankings published in U.S. News & World Report. Its physicians are on the faculty at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. As a not-for-profit organization, Children's Memorial relies on philanthropy to help provide care to 94,000 patients and their families every year. Children's Memorial Research Center is the research arm of Children's Memorial Hospital.

The Medical Research Institute Council (MRIC) was established in 1951 for the sole purpose of raising funds to advance pediatric medical research. The group promotes awareness of the mission through vigorous fundraising, education, and outreach activities and an annual showcase gala event. Over the years, the MRIC's renowned charitable efforts have generated support from individuals, corporations, and foundations throughout the nation.



Joanna Haber 415-387-9700


Children's Memorial Foundation

Amy Day 773-975-8788


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