ROCKVILLE, MD – MARCH 23, 2015         At the Hoops Madness event last Thursday, the applause and cheering from the Longview Gallery in the Shaw neighborhood in Washington D.C. was not for the NCAA teams playing in the March Madness basketball games. The applause and cheering was for the Champion for Children’s Health Award recipients at the VIP fundraiser reception hosted by the Children’s Health Board of Children’s National Health System. 
Jack Fitzgerald, CEO and founder of Fitzgerald Auto Malls, was among the four recipients of the Champion for Children’s Health award.  Fitzgerald started the Fitzgerald Child Car Seat Inspection Program in 1999, after learning the dangers of improperly installed child safety seats. Since then, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, in partnership with national and local government agencies, have been committed to injury prevention and increasing the number of lives saved through properly installed child safety seats. To date, over 45,000 have been installed and inspected. No other local volunteer program in the United States has ever achieved this many child safety seat inspections within a single program.
“It is the hard work of my employees and our partners that have made the Fitzgerald Child Safety Seat Program successful; the partnership with Montgomery County Fire & Rescue and Police Department, Safe Kids USA, and the many, many volunteers who have been integral to the success of our public-private partnership,” said Fitzgerald.
Charisse Brossard, the Hoops Madness event chair said, “We are truly humbled by the impact Jack Fitzgerald has had on our community.” She added, “The Hoops Madness is a ‘party with a purpose’ event, attracting more than 250 leaders in Washington’s government, business, medical, and the sports world and it warms my heart that we will able to continue to award grants to community-based programs for mental and behavioral health initiatives that make a difference for children in the Washington DC area.”
The other three recipients of the Champion for Children’s Health award are Congressman Chris Van Hollen,Coach John Jenkins with Just for Kids, and Dr. Laura Tosi, Director of the Bone Health Program, Children's National Health System. Along with Fitzgerald, they were recognized for theircommitment and leadership to advance the health and well being of children and their families.
For information about the Fitzgerald Child Safety Seat monthly events, visit www.FitzMall.com for details or to make an appointment.

(from L to R) Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Jack Fitzgerald, recipients of the Champion for Children’s Health Awardby the Children’s Health Board of Children’s National Health System.  




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