Housewares Industry Raises $2M for Charity
March 31, 2017,
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.
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.
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