Housewares Charity Foundation Honors Visionary Leadership

Wayfair co-founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine, Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon and William Foley, chairman and CEO, Libbey, will be honored for their philanthropic endeavors by the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) during its annual Housewares Cares Charity Gala on Monday, March 4 during the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.

Shah and Conine will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award; Dillon will receive the Legacy Humanitarian Award; and Foley will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

As it has evolved under founders and co-chairmen Niraj Shah and Steve Conine, Wayfair has made a point of giving back through myriad charitable endeavors based on the company’s belief that strong communities and good business are directly linked.

Wayfair stated, “Receiving the joint recognition of Humanitarian of the Year is a tremendous honor for Wayfair’s co-founders. Niraj and Steve are passionate about supporting causes that make a positive impact in the community.”

In 2016, Dillon was the driving force in founding the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation and has continued to strengthen the company’s longstanding partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which is also the legacy charity of the Housewares Charity Foundation.

“We believe beauty is at its best when it is giving back,” said Dillon. “That’s why Ulta Beauty is grateful to our guests, associates and business partners for sharing in our passion for achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer.”

Libbey’s Foley said he is proud of the work the housewares industry and the Housewares Charity Foundation does at all levels, as it is an industry that touches so many lives on a daily basis.

“I think the industry is one of the few that is connected to the everyday lives of consumers across the world by making lives better. Breast cancer has touched the lives of everyone in the industry in some form or fashion and the cancer research that is done is remarkable,” Foley said.

The Gala, which will be held at Navy Pier, will start with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the HCF’s legacy charity as well as the James Beard Foundation. Since the first gala in 1998, HCF has raised more than $50 million and has been credited with donating more than $29 million to BCRF.

For more on each of tonight’s HCF honorees, see the HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® Monday, March 4, Show Daily.