Best Friend Award 2020

Danny & Anne Shapiro

Each year, KID commemorates our progress, honors the memory of Danny Keysar and other victims of unsafe children’s products and highlights the contributions of child safety champions.

The KID Best Friend Award Night brings together community leaders, safety advocates, families and KID supporters. The funds raised at this event allow us to continue our valuable outreach and provide a strong voice for safety.

We are excited to announce a remarkable series of virtual events. Please join us for three informative and engaging conversations in July, August, and September—to be followed by the BFA Night itself on October 15. Guests who donate $20 or more during the three conversations will be eligible for great raffle prizes. The BFA Night will feature special guests, raffle prizes, and an online auction as we honor Danny & Anne Shapiro for 20 years of commitment to KID and children’s product safety. Register for the virtual events, purchase sponsorships, and donate here.

We’re counting on your support to help KID continue to fight for product safety. Listen in—and support KID!

July 16, 2020

KID Board President Shawn Kasserman will speak with Dan Mann, an attorney who represents families whose children have died in IKEA furniture tip-overs along with Crystal Ellis of Parents Against Tip-overs, who lost her son to a furniture tip-over and has become a fearless advocate fighting for reform. Sponsored by Tomasik Kotin Kasserman Trial Lawyers. Watch the full recording below.


August 5, 2020

Conversation with former Best Friend Award honoree U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Remington A. Gregg, Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights of Public Citizen to discuss legislative achievements and the current regulatory environment. Sponsored by Heather Mason and Perry Lentine. Watch the full recording below.


September 17, 2020

Conversation with journalists Stephanie Zimmermann of the Chicago Sun-Times and Rachel Rabkin Peachman of Consumer Reports who have reported extensively on children’s product safety and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Moderated by KID Executive Director Nancy Cowles. Sponsored by Turano Baking Company. Free to register. Sign up here.










October 15, 2020

Virtual Tribute to honor KID 2020 Best Friend Award honorees Danny & Anne Shapiro for 20 years of commitment to KID and children’s product safety. Join us for an evening featuring raffle packages, live online auction, messages from previous BFA honorees, and more! Registration info coming soon.


Thank you to all our sponsors for their support: Tomasik Kotin Kasserman Trial Lawyers, Turano Baking Company, GATX Corp., Linda Ginzel & Boaz Keysar, Heather Mason & Perry Lentine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Susan Nied, and Lisa Turano. 

Check out pictures from last year’s event on Flickr. Contact us for more details or if you’re interested in sponsoring.

We’d like to thank the chefs, restaurants, and brewery that had generously offered to participate in our original event which was planned for May 2020 and we look forward to working with them again in the future: Mercadito, Gene & Georgetti, Hampton Social, Summer House Santa Monica, Mon Ami Gabi, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, ROOH Chicago, NEAT Kitchen, Bub City, Cake Chicago, Revolution Brewery, BOKA Catering Group, and DineAmic Hospitality.

Past Best Friend Awardees



  • Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar, KID Founders for 20 years of dedication to fighting for children’s product safety


  • The SEGAL DESIGN INSTITUTE AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY for its participation in KID’s Teach Early Safety Testing (TEST) program.
  • MICHIGAN ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN for their participation in KID’s Teach Early Safety Testing (TEST) program
  • The INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AT THE ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY for its work with KID on innovations to improve recall effectiveness.


  • Lisa M. Turano for her voice in support of children’s product safety and philanthropic support for KID


  • Barbara Guthrie for her leadership on children’s safety at Underwriters Laboratories


  • Inez Tenenbaum for her leadership on children’s product safety


  • Shawn Kasserman for his strong voice in support of children’s product safety


  • Sonny Garg for his instrumental role in developing responses to unsafe children’s products and his strong leadership in KID


  • Mitch Lipka for his commitment to reporting on children’s product safety


  • Gary Smith, MD for his pioneering work in the field of childhood injury prevention


  • US Representative Bobby Rush and US Senator Mark Pryor for their commitment to children and leadership on product safety


  • US Senator Richard Durbin for his commitment to children and leadership on product safety


  • Robert Tanz, MD and Elizabeth Powell, MD, MPH for their leadership in injury prevention research and policy


  • Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for her enforcement of Illinois’ Children’s Product Safety Act and her strong commitment to children’s safety


  • Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm for her support of the Children’s Product Safety Act and advocacy for children’s safety


  • Rachel Weintraub and Mary Ellen Fise for their role as strong advocates for children’s product safety


  • Commissioner Caroline Shoenberger, State Senator Carol Ronen and US Representative Jan Schakowsky for their dedication to changing public policy to protect children


  • NBC Target 5 Consumer Unit for outstanding coverage of children’s product safety


  • E. Marla Felcher for her groundbreaking book, It’s No Accident: How Corporations Sell Dangerous Baby Products