The Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) will honor the late Judy Colitz with a charitable fund and research grant in her name.
Colitz died January 26 from metastatic breast cancer. She was manager, special events and services at IHA and was IHA’s liaison and coordinator with the annual Housewares Charity Foundation gala since its creation in 1997.
In her honor, the HCF board of directors has established the Housewares Charity Foundation Fund In Memory of Judy Colitz. Donations can be made to the Housewares Charity Foundation, 6400 Shafer Ct., Ste. 650, Rosemont, IL 60018.
In addition, the BCRF has announced it will honor Colitz’s commitment to breast cancer research by naming one of its research grants this year as the Housewares Charity Foundation Award in Honor of Judy Colitz.
“Judy was our most ardent supporter at the Housewares Charity Foundation. Her dedication helped raise over $27 million to fuel BCRF’s efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer,” said Myra Biblowit, BCRF’s president and CEO. “The research grant will carry on Judy’s beautiful spirit and legacy in supporting cancer research. We are proud to honor her in this way.”
“Judy touched many lives through her work with the HCF and BCRF, and it is only fitting to remember her in this way,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president and CEO. “The irony that she died from a disease that she worked so diligently to end, fuels us to redouble our efforts to raise money to find a cure.”
The 19th Annual Housewares Charity Foundation Gala will be held Monday evening, March 7, during the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. Terry Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc., will receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award and Lester Gribetz, president of Lenox Corporation, will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award.