In 1989, Stew and Kim Leonard lost their 21-month-old son to a drowning accident.

Stew Leonard Jr. is the President and CEO of Stew Leonard's. I cannot even begin to imagine what it must have been like to lose a child.

Kim was inside baking, and Stew was hanging up balloons for their 3-year-old daughter's birthday party. Each one of them had assumed the other one was keeping an eye on their son. When they discovered their son had disappeared, it was too late.

Shortly after the tragedy, the Leonard's wasted no time when they founded the Stew Leonard III Children's Charities in memory of their little boy. Since 1990, $2,000,000 has been raised to help other moms and dads learn about water safety awareness.

Over the years, the entire Leonard family has written and published two books on water safety titled Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim, and Swimming Lessons with Stewie the Duck.

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In April of 2012, the Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim mobile app was launched for both iTunes and Android with all profits from the books and the app going towards the Stew Leonard's Children Charities. On May 31, 2017, Stew Leonard III Children's Charities invite you to take part in their 22nd Annual Golf Outing at the Lyman Golf Club in Middlefield, CT. You can also find Stewie the Duck Animal Crackers available in all of their stores.