Janis Johnson, president and founder, Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group, and Wolfgang Wüsthof, senior partner, Wusthof-Trident of America, Inc., will be honored by the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) during its 17th Annual Housewares Charity Foundation Gala on Monday evening, March 17, during the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.
Johnson will receive the Specialty Retailer Humanitarian Award and Wüsthof will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award during the Gala, which will be held at the event’s new venue, Navy Pier, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the HCF’s legacy charity. Since the first gala in 1998, HCF has raised more than $25 million and has contributed in excess of $13 million to BCRF. For the last five years, amidst the most challenging of economic times, the HCF has raised record amounts of more than $2 million each year.
Co-chairs for the 2014 event are Phil Brandl, president and CEO of the International Housewares Association (IHA), and Herb Landsman, executive vice president, merchandising, of Home Goods at TJX Companies. In a collaborative effort among industry manufacturers, retailers and allied industry partners, the non-profit HCF hosts this annual event to raise funds for critical causes, unite the housewares industry and honor its leaders. Honorees are selected for their humanitarian efforts and exceptional leadership.