Lundgren, Gribetz to be Honored at HCF Gala

Proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
January 11, 2016David Gill

Lundgren GribetzTerry Lundgren and Lester Gribetz
ROSEMONT, Ill.-Terry Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Macy’s, and Lester Gribetz, president of Lenox, will be honored at the 19th annual gala of the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) during the International Home + Housewares Show.

Lundgren will receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award and Gribetz will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Proceeds from the event, which will take place at the Navy Pier in Chicago on March 7 beginning at 6 p.m., will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the HCF’s legacy charity.

Lundgren has been chairman and CEO of Macy’s Inc. since January 2004 and also served as president from 2003 to March 2014. He was named one of the Top 30 CEOs in the world by Barron’s magazine last year, and he was WWD’s Newsmaker of the Year in 2014.

As Lenox’s president, Gribetz oversees the kate spade, Dansk, Gorham, Marchesa and Donna Karan tabletop brands. A longtime Bloomingdale’s executive, beginning in 1954 as an executive trainee, he eventually rose to become vice chairman of Bloomingdale’s for home, cosmetics and men’s. He left Bloomingdale’s in 1992 and joined the retailer’s former chief, Marvin Traub, as a consultant to American Express, Giorgio Armani, Men’s Health, Burberry, HSN, Adrienne Vittadini and other clients.

The theme for this year’s gala will be “It’s Smart to Have Heart.” Auctions and entertainment will be a part of the program. The gala will begin with a cocktail reception featuring 10 tasting stations hosted by James Beard Foundation chefs and the Macy’s Culinary Council, including Jimmy Bannos, Jr., Rick Bayless, Gale Gand, Paul Kahan and Erling Wu-Bower, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Art Smith, Takashi Yagihashi, Paul Virant and Andrew Zimmerman. Dinner will feature a three-course meal designed by Tony Mantuano, chef/partner, Spiaggia Restaurant & Lounge.

Since the first gala in 1998, HCF has raised more than $30 million and has been credited with donating more than $27 million to BCRF—which was founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993. Lauder, a long-time champion for breast cancer research, passed away in 2012.

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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