Lundgren, Gribetz To Be Honored By Housewares Charity Foundation

Terry Lundgren, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, and Lester Gribetz, president of Lenox Corporation, will be honored by the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) during its 19th annual Housewares Charity Foundation Gala on Monday evening, March 7, during the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.

Lundgren will receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award and Gribetz will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award during the gala, which will be held at Navy Pier, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. 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 $30 million and has been credited with donating more than $27 million to BCRF, noted IHA.

Co-chairs for the 2016 event are Phil Brandl, president and CEO of the International Housewares Association, and Jeff Siegel, president and CEO, Lifetime Brands Inc.

The 2016 theme of the gala is “It’s Smart to Have Heart,” and will include auctions and entertainment. The gala will begin with a cocktail reception featuring 10 tasting stations hosted by James Beard Foundation chefs and Macy’s Culinary Council, including Jimmy Bannos, Jr., Rick Bayless, Gale Gand, Paul Kahan and Erling Wu-Bower, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Art Smith, Takashi Yagihashi, Paul Virant and Andrew Zimmerman. Dinner will feature a three-course meal designed by Tony Mantuano, chef/partner, Spiaggia Restaurant & Lounge.

For more information about the HCF, its honorees and its charities, visit or contact Paul Murphy at (508) 272-0717 or [email protected]