Edina, MN – Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation and the Walser Foundation have joined together for a child safety awareness campaign this year and hope to create greater understanding of preventable childhood injuries though a public awareness campaign and special events co-hosted by the two foundations.

 The first event will be a “Spring into Summer” Pool Safety Party at the Edina Aquatic Center on Friday, June 5th from 4-8:00pm. There will be lots of family fun and 15 minute safety breaks from the pool every hour that will feature a life saving demo from Edina Aquatic Center staff, swimming instruction from Foss Swim School and an Aquatic Fashion Show, featuring safe swimming apparel. To register or get more information, go to www.abbeyshope.org.

Future events may include car seat safety awareness, bike helmets, stranger danger, organ donor awareness, winter emergency car kits, CPR training and First Aid safety kits.

“We are proud to be working with the Walser Foundation to promote childhood safety awareness. The Walser Foundation has a long history of community involvement in the Twin Cities, a great reputation and they have supported many local organizations that assist women, children and families,” said Scott and Katey Taylor.

Andrew Walser adds, "The passion that Scott and Katey Taylor have for creating opportunities to share awareness around issues of Childhood Safety is a great match for Walser Foundation's core
mission. We are proud to have the chance to partner with the Taylor's and their organization, Abbey's Hope, on this first project. We look forward to a long term relationship and a chance to partner to benefit children and families."

About Abbey’s Hope Foundation: Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation was created as a tribute to Abigail Taylor who was disemboweled in a kiddie pool on June 29th, 2007. After a triple organ transplant and numerous surgeries, Abbey passed away on March 20, 2008. The Foundation will carry on Abbey’s legacy to help keep children safe, increase organ donor awareness, and support the kinds of programs and organizations that so generously supported Abbey and her family while she was recovering from her injuries and transplant. It is our mission that Abbey’s legacy in turn benefits the children and families in our community and beyond.

About the Walser Foundation: The Walser Foundation provides grants to non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations based in the Twin Cities who impact the community through direct service to women, children and families. The Walser Automotive Group donates 5% of pre-tax profits to support the Walser Foundation. The Walser Automotive Group is a proud member of the Minnesota Keystone Program™.

Media: Please contact our Media Relations Director, Cyndi Barrington at Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation at 612-232-3903 or Andrea Kopfmann at the Walser Foundation at 952-345-4019 for more information.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips