Events

 

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.

Watch live on YouTube here at 7pm CDT on Thursday, October 15.

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.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 7-8pm Central

Join us on Thursday, October 15 at 7pm Central for KID’s Best Friend Award Virtual Tribute to honor Danny & Anne Shapiro for 20 years of commitment to KID and children’s product safety. Register (free!) today.
Emceed by NBC 5 Chicago’s Lisa Parker, the virtual event features video shorts on KID’s work, inspiring messages from KID leaders and past honorees, an exciting live auction along with silent auction, raffle and more.
You can view our silent and live auction items and start bidding on October 1. We have amazing auction and raffle packages including hotel stays, scotch and wine tastings, sports memorabilia, private dinners, and more!

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

Thank you to our sponsors for their support: Anne & Danny Shapiro, 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, Sonny & Julia Garg, Susan Nied, Lisa Turano, and Breathable Baby. Sponsorship info here.

Check out pictures from last year’s event on Flickr.

Prior to our BFA Night, we held a remarkable series of virtual events. See below for our virtual talk details and view the recordings if you missed it.

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. Watch the full recording below.

 

We’d like to thank the chefs, restaurants, and brewery that had generously offered to participate in our original event 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

2019

2018

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

2017

  • 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.
  • THE RUSTANDY CENTER FOR SOCIAL SECTOR INNOVATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO BOOTH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS for its support of KID.

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2004

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

2003

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

2002

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

2001

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