Under the banner “A Purpose. A Plan. A Promise,” the Housewares Charity Foundation raised nearly $2 million at its 20th annual gala held recently at Navy Pier in Chicago.
Proceeds from the event benefited the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the HCF’s legacy charity, and No Kid Hungry, a campaign by Share Our Strength that works to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food where they live, where they learn and where they play.
Since the first gala in 1998, HCF has raised more than $49 million and has been credited with donating more than $28 million to BCRF.
Held annually in conjunction with the International Home + Housewares Show, this year’s gala honored Janet Hayes, president of Williams Sonoma, with the Lifetime Humanitarian Award; Richard L. Boynton, Jr., president of Jura Inc., with the Humanitarian of the Year Award; and Phil Brandl, president and chief executive officer of the International Housewares Association, with the Lifetime Leadership Award.