2018 KID Best Friend Award Night


Thursday, May 3, 2018

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 someone who has helped keep children safe — our Best Friend.

Join us this year as we mark our 20th Anniversary and honor our founders Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar.

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.

Lisa Parker, NBC Chicago Consumer Investigative Reporter will be the Emcee with Amy Kelly as auctioneer. As part of the event there will be a live auction along with a raffle drawing for five amazing baskets. Watch for updates on the great prizes soon.

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2018 KID Best Friend

This year we are excited to be honoring our founders, Linda Ginzel and Boaz Keysar.

Linda and Boaz have spent the last two decades helping to change the landscape of children’s product safety by passing state and federal legislation and testifying before Congress and state legislatures. Linda and Boaz have made appearances on every major television network, including the Today Show and Oprah; and have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek and People.

This is the story of two heart-broken parents who fought with determination to keep other families from suffering the same loss.

Linda and Boaz founded KID after discovering that the death of their son was not an accident but as a result of a flawed system. On May 12, 1998, 16-month-old Daniel Keysar was strangled to death at his licensed childcare facility when a Playskool Travel-Lite portable crib collapsed, trapping his neck in the “V” of its folded rails. Later, Danny’s parents discovered that the crib had been recalled in 1993. Before the crib recall it had fatally entrapped 3 children, followed by another death after the recall in 1995. Danny was the crib’s 5th victim. Just three months after Danny’s death, the Playskool Travel-Lite portable crib fatally strangled a 10-month New Jersey child.

Devastated by the loss of their son and the injustice of the recall system, Linda and Boaz mobilized their grief into action. They founded KID in an effort to improve recall effectiveness and educate other parents about the dangers of unsafe children’s products. For almost 20 years KID has been dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. The mission of KID is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger advocacy for children.

This year KID is honoring Linda and Boaz for their 20 years of progress. Since Danny’s death, the resulting force and mobilization has changed the landscape of children’s product safety. Just 10 years after KID began their efforts, a 2008 bill was passed which included various provisions to improve child product safety. A key portion of the legislation, dealing with the safety of juvenile products such as cribs, high chairs and strollers, is named in Danny Keysar’s honor.

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Participating Restaurants


A special thanks to our sponsors for helping make this event great. We are still offering sponsorship opportunities large and small for those who want to participate in our event.

  • Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund
  • Linda Ginzel & Boaz Keysar
  • Leslie & Blake Batterson
  • Jonathan Eig & Jennifer Tescher
  • Marla Felcher & Max Bazerman
  • Sonny Garg & Julia Harris Garg
  • Myung Ja Ginzel
  • Holly Raider
  • Jeremy & Janet McGee
  • Toby & Bonnie Moskowitz
  • Susan Nied
  • Barbara Passy
  • Judy & Mark Sage
  • Karen Sheehan
  • Robert & Jill Tanz
  • Amy & Kevin Hogan

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KID 20th Anniversary Committee


Founders Circle

  • Anat Admati and David Kreps
  • Lucia Annunzio & Rick Wood
  • Sally Blount
  • Suzanne & Harry Davis
  • Kay Deaux & Sam Glucksberg
  • Jonathan Eig and Jennifer Tescher
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel & Amy Rule
  • Ellen and John Engel
  • Eugene and Sally Fama
  • Marla Felcher and Max Bazerman
  • Daniel T. Gilbert & Marilynn Oliphant
  • William Meadow and Susan Goldin-Meadow
  • Julia Henly & Bernd Wittenbrink
  • Drs. Charles & Barbara Johnston
  • Patricia La Malfa
  • Linda Landrum & Robert Gertner
  • Richard Larrick & Cynthia Monarrez
  • France Leclerc & Richard Thaler
  • Susan & Michael Levine
  • Barbara Passy
  • Holly Raider
  • Raghuram Rajan & Radhika Puri Rajan
  • Marcia & Joseph Romano
  • George Wu and Penny Visser
  • Jill Ingrassia-Zingales & Luigi Zingales

KID Advisory Board

  • Sonny Garg & Julia Harris Garg
  • Kristina & Daniel Paschall
  • Geoffrey & Laura Phillips
  • Judy & Mark Sage
  • Leslie & Steven Swibel
  • Robert and Jill Tanz
  • Lisa Turano
  • Drew & Jen Weller

KID Board of Directors

  • Leslie & Blake Batterson
  • Dawn & Shawn Kasserman
  • Perry Lentine & Heather Mason
  • Don Mays
  • Susan Nied
  • Marisol Pantoja
  • Drs. Kyran & Maura Quinlan
  • Julius & Linda Rhodes
  • Shehnaz Safiuddin
  • Karen Sheehan
  • David Zivan