The Housewares Charity Foundation raised more than $1.7 million during its 17th annual gala on March 17 at Navy Pier in Chicago, according to the International Housewares Association. Proceeds from the event benefited The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the HCF’s legacy charity, as well as The Chicago Initiative on Pancreatic Cancer at the University of Chicago, Medicine & Biological Sciences.
This year, the annual gala honored David Ortiz, vp and divisional merchandise manager for cooking/dining at Walmart U.S., with the Lifetime Humanitarian Award. It also cited Janis Johnson, president and founder, Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group, as Specialty Retailer Humanitarian and Wolfgang Wüsthof, senior partner, Wüsthof, as Humanitarian of the Year.
The evening included silent and live auctions that allowed guests to bid on a collection of holidays, meals, sports and entertainment occasions.