Two City Dads Group members received high honors from their parent blogging peers at the third annual Iris Awards last week.
City Dads Group blog contributor Jeff Bogle, a member of our Philadelphia chapter, won an Iris Award for Best Photography. Bogle is a freelance writer and photographer who publishes the Out with the Kids blog among his many online ventures.
Chicago Dads Group member Jim Higley received Philanthropic Work of the Year for his efforts on behalf of Camp Kesem, an organization that provides free summer camps and other events for the 3 million children nationwide affected by a parent battling cancer. Higley, a cancer survivor and the chief development and marketing officer for Kesem, is a former parent blogger who remains highly active in the community.
The Iris Awards honors “the art of parenthood,” according to its organizers. The awards recognize “the finest expressions in art, commentary, commerce, philanthropy, ideas and connections, all the while celebrating the emerging industry created by its pioneers and leaders,” according its website.
Nominations and award winners were determined by attendees of past Mom 2.0 Summit and Dad 2.0 Summit parenting conferences. The award ceremony took place April 29 in southern California.
The City Dads Group blog had been nominated for two awards: Group or News Blog of the Year and The Modern Dads Podcast for Best Parenting Podcast. Both lost to Life of Dad and Cool Mom Picks’ Spawned, respectively.
Iris is the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology. She linked all humanity with the heavens. She travels with the speed of wind from one end of the world to the other, and into the depths of the sea and the underworld. She is a parent and is associated with communication, messages and new endeavors.