Awards and Recognition

2022 Charlie’s House award for “Outstanding Safety Efforts”

Watch Kids and Car Safety’s award video

Kids and Car Safety’s Director, Amber Rollins, received the 2019 People Saving People Award from the Kansas Department of Transportation

Safe Kids Kansas Outstanding Coalition Organization Award, Dec., 2018

Safe Kids Kansas Outstanding Coalition Organization Award, Dec., 2012


Ms. Janette Fennell, President & Founder has received numerous awards for her work such as:


  • Green Cross for Safety Advocate Award Finalist, National Safety Council, Chicago, IL, May 12, 2016
  • Consumer Federation of America’s Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award, June, 2015
  • Department of Transportation Safety Champion Award – “In recognition of your (Janette Fennell) dedication and hard work to raise awareness of the dangers to children in and around vehicles.  Your on-going crusade for safety has helped to save lives and prevent tragedies.”       – David Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, March 2011


  • Kansas City Royals, Buck O’Neal Legacy Seat 2010 Honoree, August 2010


  • Community Champion Award from the Civil Justice Foundation, July 2007
  • Safe Kids, Metro Kansas City, Advocate Extraordinaire Award, January 2007
  • Safe Kids, State of Kansas The Outstanding Achievement in Childhood Safety Award, December 2006
  • University of Wisconsin, Distinguished Alumni Award. October 2004
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) 2002 Public Service Award Recipient, June 2002


  • 2001 Humanitarian of the Year Award, The Danny Foundation, October, 2001
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, California District, Annual Injury Prevention Award, September, 2001
  • The Gleitsman Foundation Award of Achievement, December 2000
  • “Heroes for Today,” Reader’s Digest, October, 1999
  • 1999 Community Champion Award from the Civil Justice Foundation, July 1999


  • 25th Anniversary Outstanding Alumni Award, College of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin, 1991
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Alumni Association, University of Wisconsin, 1987

Sue Auriemma, VP was named an honoree of the Long Island Press Fortune 52, and has received the “Smart Growth Award” from Vision Long Island in 2006.  Additionally she was named to the “Women’s Roll of Honor” in the Town of North Hempstead in 2007 and was named a “Woman of Distinction” by Senator Craig Johnson in 2008 and by Senator Jack Martins in 2015.  Ms. Auriemma also received the “Highway Safety Hero Award” from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety in 2014.

Sue Auriemma award  061814-AHAS