Richard Baker, governor and executive chairman, Hudson’s Bay Company, and Brian Kelley, president and CEO, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., will be honored by the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) during its 18th Annual Housewares Charity Foundation Gala on Monday, March 9, during the 2015 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.
Baker and Kelley will receive the Humanitarian of the Year awards during the Gala, which will be held at Navy Pier, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the HCF’s legacy charity, and Save the Children, an organization that invests in childhood, every day, in times of crisis and for the future.
Since the first gala in 1998, HCF has raised more than $27 million and has been credited with donating $21 million to BCRF. For the past five years, the HCF has raised record amounts of more than $2 million each year.
Co-chairs for the 2015 event are Phil Brandl, president and CEO of the International Housewares Association (IHA), and Ken O’Brien, svp, merchandising, QVC, Inc.
Along with the honoree tributes, the evening includes auctions and entertainment. The Gala will begin with a cocktail reception featuring 10 tasting stations hosted by Chicago-based James Beard Foundation chefs, including Paul Kahan, Blackbird; Jimmy Bannos, Jr., The Purple Pig; Rick Bayless, Frontera; Rohini Dey, Vermilion; John Hogan, River Roast; Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat; Thomas Lents, Sixteen Restaurant; Mindy Segal, HotChocolate; Bruce Sherman, North Pond; and Takashi Yagihashi, Slurping Turtle. Dinner will feature a three-course meal designed by Tony Mantuano, chef/partner, Spiaggia Restaurant & Lounge.