Housewares Charity Foundation Tops $2.2 Million at Show Gala

       

       

ROSEMONT, Ill.–For the second year in a row, the Housewares Charity Foundation raised more than $2.2 million at its annual gala, held during the International Home + Housewares Show.

According to a statement from the International Housewares Association, proceeds from the event, benefited the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, HCF’s legacy charity. Since the first gala was held in 1998, HCF has raised more than $19 million and has contributed more than $9 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year, HCF contributed a portion of the proceeds to its Haiti Relief Fund, established to assist the areas of the country that were hardest hit by the earthquake in January.

Along with silent and live auctions, the gala featured six James Beard Award-winning chefs—Paul Bartolotta of Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas, David Burke of David Burke’s Primehouse in Chicago and Townhouse in New York, Carrie Nahabedian of NAHA Restaurant in Chicago, Art Smith of TLC Comfort Food and Art and Soul in Washington, Charlie Trotter of Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass.—who prepared signature specialties at the event.

The 2011 gala will also be held at the Hilton Chicago on March 7.