Congratulations to NYC Dads Group member Mitch Chaitin for winning “Dad Blog of the Year” at the recent Iris Awards for his long-running Gay NYC Dad website.
The Iris 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 are determined by votes received from past attendees of the Mom 2.0 Summit and Dad 2.0 Summit parenting conferences.
“It is a real honor to have people in the industry that you work in recognize you for your accomplishments, even more so than the public at large because this is the group that can judge you the harshest because we all do similar work,” said Chaitin, a married father with a teenage son, who has been running his blog for more than seven years.
NYC Dads Group member Jason Greene, a longtime contributor to this blog, also won an Iris Award for “Philanthropic Work of the Year” as part of a group of a dozen fathers who walked across England to raise money to start a camp for the children of cancer patients. Greene was one of six City Dads Group members in that group whose nearly 100-mile trek earned more than $40,000 in donations that helped open a Camp Kesem chapter in Maryland.
“There is a girl in a video on the Camp Kesem website that says Camp Kesem helps her feel normal. I had that girl’s voice in my head during the hike and it appeared again during the Iris Awards,” said Greene, a married stay-at-home father of four who writes the One Good Dad blog. “As we stood on stage accepting the award, I thought ‘I hope the award brings more eyes to the Kesem’s website. The more attention means more kids can feel ‘normal.'”