13th Annual HCF Gala Raises $2M, Honors QVC’s George

The 13th Annual Housewares Charity Foundation Gala, held at the Hilton Chicago during the International Home + Housewares Show, raised more than $2 million, benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, HCF’s legacy charity, as well as the HCF Haiti Relief Fund.
At the Gala, Mike George, president and CEO of QVC, was honored with the 2010 Lifetime Humanitarian Award for his support of charity initiatives throughout his career, especially in the area of ovarian and breast cancer research. QVC also supports the United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
During his speech, George expressed gratitude for the open hearts and teamwork of his QVC staff and also thanked HCF’s Co-Chair Mary Campbell, who he said “pushed us to be our very best.” He further thanked members of the HCF, who he called a “passionate, generous group of people;” as well as QVC Program Host and the charity gala’s emcee David Venable, and Evelyn Lauder, founder and chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Also at the Charity Gala, the housewares industry mourned the loss of and paid tribute to Libbey’s Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon, whose career with the company spanned 22 years and who most recently held the title of national retail sales manager. Skeldon was remembered for her passion for supporting efforts to find a cure for breast cancer, especially through the Northwest Ohio Komen Race for the Cure. She donated many hours to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well. Skeldon battled breast cancer for four times over many years, and died on February 17, 2010, at the age of 47.