Housewares Charity Foundation Selects 2018 Honorees

The Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) will honor Amazon’s Shelley Salomon, Bill Dillard III of Dillard’s and Riedel owner Georg J. Riedel at its 21st annual gala to be held during the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show.

Salomon will receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award, Dillard will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award, and Riedel will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.          

Set for Monday, March 12, at the Navy Pier in Chicago, 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 $49 million and has been credited with donating more than $28 million to BCRF.

The 2018 theme, “Unite, Celebrate, Support,” reflects the philosophy and mission of the HCF, which brings the housewares industry together to unite and promote its philanthropic image, raise funds for charities and celebrate the honorees who are selected for their humanitarian support and exceptional leadership.

Salomon leads Amazon’s home businesses, including home, kitchen and furniture as well as the pets and toys categories and Amazon’s Fabric.com subsidiary. Her career at Amazon began in finance in 2003 where she led the global financial planning and analysis team and then the softlines finance team.

Dillard III is entering his 24th year in the retail/fashion industry. In his role as svp/Dillard’s, Inc., based in Little Rock, AR, he is responsible for the beauty, home and accessories areas. Since joining the family business in 1994, Dillard has served in several areas of the company, including selling, management, buying, product development and merchandising.

Riedel is the 10th-generation owner of Riedel, the Austrian company known for its fine crystal glassware that was established in 1756. He joined the company as an accountant in 1973 and served as CEO from 1987 until 2013.