Housewares Industry Unites For A Good Cause

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 tonight 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.

Salomon leads Amazon’s home businesses, including home, kitchen and furniture as well as the pets and toys categories and Amazon’s 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.

“It is an incredible honor to receive the Housewares Charity Foundation Lifetime Humanitarian Award on behalf of Amazon,” Salomon said. “I am truly humbled. The Housewares Charity Foundation has raised tens of millions of dollars for charity, including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and I am excited to contribute to this effort.”

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.

In accepting tonight’s HCF award, Dillard said he stands as a representative for the department store chain’s employees and its approach to business based on integrity and community. “I’m humbled and honored,” he said. “I’m a big believer in: ‘To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.’”

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.

For Riedel, “charity is part of our company’s very essence. The Housewares Charity embodies the efforts all companies undertake, instilling humanitarian ideals into their corporate cultures. To me, the Housewares Charity unites this industry to collectively advocate for causes dear to our hearts and our consumers. I take great pride in the work Riedel has done both in the home and housewares industry as well as our philanthropic work, and I am honored to be recognized at the Housewares Charity Foundation gala.”

To be held at the Navy Pier, 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.

For more on each of tonight’s HCF honorees, see the HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® Monday, March 12, Show Daily.