Cookies For Kids’ Cancer Raises $1.1M

Some of the top names from the housewares and culinary worlds gathered recently to continue the fight against childhood cancer.

The second annual Chefs For Kids’ Cancer benefit, held at The Waterfront on the Westside of Manhattan, raised $1.1 million, topping the nearly $1 million that was raised in 2014.

All funds raised support Cookies For Kids’ Cancer, an organization that provides financial support to various pediatric cancer programs around the United States. Founded by Gretchen and Larry Witt, parents of Liam Witt who in 2011 lost his battle with cancer, the organization has raised more than $8 million. 

The event brought together more than 40 renowned chefs that included Food Network stars Mario Batali, Alex Guarnashcelli, Mark Fargione and Marc Murphy. In addition, several housewares suppliers including Oxo, Bormioli Rocco, Breville, All-Clad, Staub, Henckels and Samsung contributed products to the event, according to organizers.

“There’s a natural connection between the housewares industry which is about cooking, households and, ultimately, family, and a charity that supports research into childhood cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the U.S.,” said Larry Witt, who is Oxo’s svp.

For more on Cookies For Kids’ Cancer, see the April 13 issue of HomeWorld Business.