KID’s trophy fish

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Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach Counties (KID), an organization for the prevention of child abuse and treatment of abused neglected children, has reeled in their biggest catch in history. At their fifth annual seaside yacht hop event, Boys N’ Toys, held at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, KID raised more than $150,000 – an amount greater than any previous year.

Boys N’ Toys is a popular event for sea-loving socialites. This event originated in 2011 and was held at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. However, after the inaugural event took place, Penny Parrot, a local yacht broker and philanthropist, introduced KID representatives to Kevin Merrigan, founder and owner of Northrop & Johnson, a leading luxury yacht broker, who agreed to host the next event. The second Boys N’ Toys went off without a hitch at the boat show and KID has partnered with them ever since.

All proceeds from the Boys N’ Toys event support a slew of activities and resources for KID This includes: early childhood education, foster care and adoption-support services, family counseling, long-term residential care for children, housing for families, and dental and eye care.

Now in its 35th year of service, KID is looking forward to its next event. Their signature event, the KID Duckfest Derby, where 20,000 rubber ducks are released into the New River for a chance to win $10,000, will be held on March 28, 2015.

Ryan Bergschneider, development associate at KID, provided me with some insight when questioned about a repeat event for next year: “This year’s Boys N’ Toys brought 300 guests and raised more than $150K, making it the most financially successful Boys N’ Toys ever; the committee has already set the date for Saturday during the boat show of next year and has increased the fundraising goal to $250K. Northrop & Johnson has promised to lend a portion of its staff to begin work on this event in April of 2015.” We certainly hope that they reach their goal.

For more information about the Boys N’ Toys event, or upcoming events for KID, please visit www.kidinc.org.

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