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Housewares Charity Foundation Celebrates 16th Annual Gala

Industry veterans Kathryn Bufano and Keith Jaffee to receive honors

ROSEMONT, IL - Kathryn Bufano, president and chief merchandising officer of Belk, and Keith Jaffee of O2 Cool, will be honored by the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) during its 16th Annual Housewares Charity Foundation Gala on March 4, during the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.

Bufano will receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award and Jaffee the Humanitarian of the Year Award during the Gala, held at the Chicago Hilton. 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 $22 million and has contributed in excess of $12 million to BCRF. For the last four years, the HCF has raised record amounts of more than $2 million each year. In addition to BCRF, the HCF board has directed that contributions also be made to two charities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: the American Red Cross-Hurricane Sandy Relief and Long Island Cares, Inc.-The Harry Chapin Food Bank.

In a collaborative effort among industry manufacturers, retailers and allied industry partners, the non-profit HCF hosts this annual event to raise funds for critical causes, unite the housewares industry and honor its leaders. Honorees are selected for their humanitarian efforts and exceptional leadership.

Along with the honoree tributes, the evening includes auctions and entertainment. This year, the dinner will be prepared by James Beard Award-Winning Chefs, including Dave Beran, Rick and Deann Bayless, Sarah Gruenberg, Hugh Acheson, Maricel Presilla, Emily Luchetti and Jacques Torres.

BCRF was founded by Evelyn H. Lauder. Ms. Lauder, a champion for finding a cure and prevention for breast cancer, passed away last November in New York City.

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