About HKQ Kids
Since it was founded in the 1940s, the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn has represented numerous families of children injured or killed by preventable tragedies. As a tribute to those children and their families, and as a way to prevent other children from suffering the same fate, Attorney Joe Quinn and the firm established the Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Fund for Children's Advocacy in November 2005.
The mission of the fund, known as HKQ Kids®, is to promote a safer future for children in Northeastern Pennsylvania through public awareness and advocacy programs.
“It has been a longtime dream of this firm to honor the memories of the many wonderful children and families we have represented by establishing an organization to promote child safety,” said Quinn, the firm’s senior personal injury litigator. “It is our fervent hope that the work of HKQ Kids will be a force for positive change in our community and help prevent the kinds of horrible tragedies we have witnessed as lawyers who represent injured people.”
HKQ Kids® was established following the settlement of a major medical malpractice case in September 2005 involving 4-year-old Torajee Bobbett, who died in 2001 due to negligent care at Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. HKQ partnered with The Luzerne Foundation, a well-known local philanthropic organization, to provide financial oversight for HKQ Kids®.
"The Bobbett case was the touchstone for establishing HKQ Kids, but the reality is we have represented many other families whose children have died or suffered severe injuries as a result of totally preventable hazards,” said Quinn. “Contrary to what others might think, I wish I had never seen any of those cases come through my door.”
Charles Barber, Executive Director of the Luzerne Foundation, believes HKQ Kids® "fits perfectly" into his organization's mission.
"Our job is to identify needs in our community and fund programs to address those needs," said Barber. “We believe HKQ Kids will have a tremendous impact on families in our community."
Quinn said HKQ Kids® is much more than simply a philanthropic organization, sponsoring public awareness programs on holiday toy safety, cheerleading safety, sports safety, water safety, Halloween safety, First Aid and CPR, among others. See our PROJECTS page for more information about our work.