Housewares Industry Raises $2M for Charity

$290,000 raised during a live auction
March 31, 2017Allison Zisko

ROSEMONT, Ill.—The housewares industry came together last month for “A Purpose. A Plan. A Promise,” to raise nearly $2 million during the Housewares Charity Foundation’s 20th annual gala.

Proceeds from the event, held at Chicago’s Navy Pier, benefited the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the HCF’s legacy charity, and No Kid Hungry, a campaign by Share Our Strength that works to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food where they live, where they learn and where they play.

Since the first gala in 1998, HCF has raised more than $49 million and has been credited with donating more than $28 million to BCRF.

Held annually in conjunction with the International Home + Housewares Show, this year’s gala honored Janet Hayes, president of Williams-Sonoma, with the Lifetime Humanitarian Award; Richard L. Boynton, Jr., president of JURA Inc., with the Humanitarian of the Year Award; and Phil Brandl, president and chief executive officer of the International Housewares Association, with the Lifetime Leadership Award. The theme celebrated the philosophy and mission envisioned by the housewares executives who joined together to create the Housewares Charity Foundation in 1997.

The event, which was co-chaired by Peter Cameron, co-chairman of Lenox Corporation and Keith Jaffee, chairman of O2 Cool, was sold out with 1,000 attendees enjoying a cocktail reception featuring eight tasting stations hosted by James Beard Foundation chefs including Rick Bayless, Abraham Conlon, Rohini Dey, Stephanie Izard, Paul Virant, Lee Wolen, Erling Wu-Bower and Andrew Zimmerman. Dinner featured a three-course meal designed by Tony Mantuano, chef/partner, Spiaggia Restaurant & Lounge.

The evening also included silent and live auctions, where guests bid on a collection of relaxing get-aways, dinners, culinary experiences, sports and entertainment happenings. Of the nearly $2 million raised during the evening, a record $290,000 was raised during the live auction, according to the International Housewares Association.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.


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