ROSEMONT, Ill.-The Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) will present David Ortiz, vice president and divisional merchandise manager for cooking/dining for Walmart U.S., with its Lifetime Humanitarian Award.
Ortiz will receive his honor at the 17th annual HCF Gala on March 17, during the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. He joins previously announced honorees Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group, and Wolfgang Wüsthof, senior partner of Wüsthof. Johnson will receive the Specialty Retailer Humanitarian Award, and Wüsthof will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award.
The Gala will be held at the Navy Pier and will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. Along with dinner and the awards presentation, it will include auctions and entertainment. Proceeds will go HCF’s legacy charity, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and a portion of this year’s proceeds will also benefit The Chicago Initiative on Pancreatic Cancer at the University of Chicago, Medicine & Biological Sciences.
Since its first Gala in 1998, HCF has raised $26 million and has contributed $20 million to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.