Chicago - On Friday, April 18, 2008, Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting children by improving children’s product safety, marks their tenth anniversary at the Annual Best Friend Award Night at Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House in Chicago.
Senator Richard J Durbin is the recipient of this year’s KID’s Best Friend Award. “We are pleased to honor Senator Durbin,” said event co-chair Karen Bertoli. “Throughout his career he has been a champion for children and their safety. Most recently, with unprecedented attention to dangerous children’s products, he has demonstrated leadership in shaping a congressional response leading to landmark legislation containing important safeguards for our children.”
Sponsors of the event include Celsis Inc, Toys”R”Us, Corboy & Demetrio, Schwartz Cooper Chartered, Turano Bread Company, and Gibsons Restaurant Group.
“This is going to be a special night,” said Linda Ginzel, co-founder and President of Kids In Danger. “Taking in the ten years of hard work and seeing all of the people who’ve helped to get us here is a momentous feeling. With all the attention to children’s product safety in the past year, substantive improvements to children’s product safety oversight seem finally to be within our grasp. Of course, remembering Danny and all the other victims of recalled children’s products reminds us of just how far we have to go at the same time.”
Chicagoans Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar founded KID in 1998 after their sixteen-month-old son, Danny, died in a recalled portable crib. KID’s mission is to promote the development of safer children’s products, advocate for children and educate the public about dangerous juvenile products. All proceeds directly benefit the work of Kids In Danger. More information is available at KidsInDanger.org.