This year’s Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) 18th annual gala on March 9 raised more than $2.3 million for charity. Proceeds from the event, held at Chicago’s Navy Pier during the International Home + Housewares Show, benefited The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the HCF’s legacy charity, along with Save the Children, an organization that invests in childhood every day, in times of crisis and for the future.
This year’s gala honored Richard Baker, governor and executive chairman, Hudson’s Bay Company, and Brian Kelley, president and CEO, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., as Humanitarians of the Year. Co-chairs for the event were Phil Brandl, president and CEO of the International Housewares Association, and Ken O’Brien, svp/merchandising, QVC, Inc. Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, served as Honorary Co-Chair.
The event was sold out with more than 1,200 attendees enjoying a cocktail reception featuring 10 tasting stations hosted by Chicago-based James Beard Foundation chefs. The reception was sponsored by Choose Chicago and Whitford Corporation.
The evening also included silent and live auctions, where guests bid on a collection of getaways, dinners, culinary experiences, sports and entertainment events.