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K’NEX® President & CEO, Michael Araten and his wife, Ellen, To Be Honored By The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

  (October 12, 2017)
K’NEX® President & CEO, Michael Araten and his wife, Ellen, To Be Honored By The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

K'NEX, the construction toy company where creativity clicks™ is pleased to announce that Ellen & Michael Araten, K'NEX President & CEO, will be honored by the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation as the 2017 recipients of the Founders Award. The Araten's will be celebrated at the foundation's annual Renaissance Ball on October 21, 2017.

The mission of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Since 1967, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has been the leader in research, education, and patient support for those suffering from these diseases, allocating 82 cents of every dollar directly to these mission programs.

“We are honored to present Michael & Ellen Araten with the Founders Award at our 42nd Annual Renaissance Ball on October 21, 2017," said Jessica Macaluso, Development Director of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. “Michael and Ellen are leaders in the IBD community --- Michael currently sits on our chapter board as chair of our Nominating Committee and sponsors many of our fundraising events throughout the year. This is a special year for the Foundation, we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary and we wanted to commend Michael and Ellen for their continued support of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter as we work to achieve our vision of a future free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis."

The Araten's join previous honorees including Lou Eni. President & CEO, Dietz & Watson, Gene Kestenbaum, CEO, Ellis Coffee Company, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) IBD Team. The Gastroenterology Department of Nemours/Alfred i. Dupont Hospital For Children will also be celebrated at the October 21st Ball and will receive the Gold Medallion Award.

"We are humbled by this honor and feel very lucky be part of the Foundation's 50 year tradition of improving the lives of all impacted by Crohn's and Colitis," said Michael and Ellen Araten.

The 42nd Annual Renaissance Ball, uniting to care and cure, is being held at Vie, in Philadelphia. For more information, please contact Jessica Macaluso, jmacaluso(at)

About K'NEX Limited Partnership Group

Founded in 1992, K'NEX, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smart Brands International Co., LLC, did not set out to become an educational toy company, all we wanted to do was show kids that the only limit to building was the size of their imagination! 25 years later, K'NEX prides itself on connecting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math with imagination. STEAMagination™ can be found in every K'NEX set and with it building dreams become a fun-powered, 3-D reality! Winner of over 400 awards and recognitions, the K'NEX product line has building toys specially designed for every age group and skill level. The K'NEX family of brands includes IMAGINE Building Sets, Thrill Rides, K'NEX Education®, Kid K'NEX®, K-FORCE Build and Blast®, Mighty Makers®, Mario Kart™, Super Mario™, Plants vs. Zombies™, LINCOLN LOGS® and TINKERTOY® both under license from Hasbro, and more! From the living room to the board room, we are proud to help build the leaders of tomorrow! Join us at

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