What Variety Is All About

Variety - The Children's Charity of Buffalo & Western New York, Tent 7 - is a Western New York Tradition of helping children from all over Western New York

Who Are We?

Variety - The Children's Charity of Buffalo & Western New York, Tent 7 is a 76 year old tradition of caring for children on the Niagara Frontier. The organization was founded in 1928 when an abandoned baby, left in a theatre in Pittsburgh, was "adopted" by eleven Godfathers. From the desperate plight of a heartbroken mother who could no longer care for her infant, has emerged the "Largest Children 's Charity in the World", with 43 Tents, as the Chapters are known, throughout the Free World. The sole commitment of each Tent is aid and service to children; the sick, the handicapped and the underprivileged in each locale.

Tent 7, the Buffalo Chapter, chartered on May 12, 1934, generated funds in the early years to provide iron lungs for polio victims, wheelchairs, braces and other equipment for handicapped children. An electroencephalograph (at that time was the only one located between New York City and Chicago) was purchased and incubators were provided for premature infants. Most of the fund-raising during that era was done through theatre collections and dinner parties.

In 1962, Variety was approached by Dr. Robert Warner, who had a dream . . . . to create a rehabilitation center for children with birth defects and those afflicted due to trauma or disease. Variety agreed to support this endeavor and realized they must expand their fund-raising efforts in order to do so. Thus emerged the 1st Annual Variety Club Telethon. The results of that effort raised in excess of $80,000.00, and the Children's Rehabilitation Center, a department of Children's Hospital of Buffalo became a reality.

Through the 60's and 70's, the Rehab Center and other departments of Children's Hospital were the main beneficiaries of Variety Club Telethon Funds. Soon, other children's agencies began approaching Variety with funding requests. In 1980, not only did Variety expand its commitment to Children's, it also began to serve many other children's charities; The Skating Association for the Blind & Handicapped, Association for the Research of Childhood Cancer, St. Mary's School for the Deaf, Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo & Lancaster/Depew, Camp Good Days & Special Times, Variety Camping Fund and many others.

Variety Kids Telethon 2010, raised over $1.2 million. The needs continue to grow; therefore the fund-raising efforts and corporate underwriting must grow to meet those need s and join with Variety in commitment and dedication to the children we serve . . . EVERYBODY'S CHILDREN!

Where Does The Money Go?

Realizing that as a fund raising organization, Variety - The Children's Charity of Buffalo & Western New York is the keeper of public funds through its year long activities, the largest of which is the Annual Telethon, and as such, is also the keeper of the "Public Trust" in the way these contributions are distributed.

The Children's Rehabilitation Foundation of the Variety Club of Buffalo, Inc. is the recipient of all donations from the Annual Variety Kids Telethon and other fund raising sources.
Within the Foundation is the Heart Committee, a seven member panel, who receive all funding requests, personally investigate the need, and report on all findings. Those requesting funds, must supply the Foundation with current audited financial statements, a 501 C(3) determination letter (their charitable status), and information as to how the funds will be used. Variety requests that these funds be administered in hands-on programs to directly benefit children, and does not fund administrative costs.

The Heart Committee will then make their recommendations to the Officers and Directors of the Foundation for their approval.

The contributions are then disbursed to the recipients at the Annual "Thanks for Giving" Presentation Dinner, held in November of each year.

CHILDREN'S AGENCIES FUNDED:

WOMEN & CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF BUFFALO
AMBULATORY SERVICES
BEREAVEMENT SERVICES
CHILD LIFE DEPARTMENT
EPILEPSY UNIT
FAMILY CENTERED CARE COUNCIL
GOLF TOURNAMENT
KIDNEY DIALYSIS
PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
SLEEP APNEA/TONSILECTOMY STUDY
STONE'S BUDDIES
VARIRTY KIDS TELETHON PARMACY 
 
ROBERT WARNER CHILDREN'S REHABILITATION CENTER  
ROBERT WARNER M.D CENTER FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
 
OTHER CHILDREN'S CHARITIES
BIG BROTHERS & BIG SISTERS
BORNHAVA
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF EAST AURORA
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF THE NORTHTOWNS
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HOLLAND 
BUFFALO HEARING & SPEECH
CAMP GOOD DAYS & SPECIAL TIMES
CAPS, INC.
CHC LEARNING CENTER
CHILDREN'S GROWTH FOUNDATION 
CRADLE BEACH CAMP
DEPEW-LANCASTER BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
EXCALIBUR LEISURE SKILLS CENTER
FRANCISCAN CENTER
GENESEE CO. ARC
HERITAGE CENTER
LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
LOTHLORIEN THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER
MAKE-A-WISH
MOVING MIRACLES
SABAH
ST. MARY'S SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
SPRINGVILLE PRESCHOOL LEARNING CENTER 
VARIETY CAMPING PROGRAM 
VARIETY AT WORK PROGRAM
VARIETY/DELTA SONIC/PIZZA HUT/ YOUTH HOCKEY PROGRAM

VARIETY AT WORK is a program which allows Variety - The Children's Charity of Buffalo and Western New York, Tent 7 the opportunity to sponsor various activities structured toward entertaining the sick, handicapped and underprivileged children of Western New York.

Variety-At-Work is able to sponsor various Easter and Christmas Parties taking place at BornHava, St. Mary's School For The Deaf, Boys & Girls Clubs of Holland and more.

The Variety / Delta Sonic / Pizza Hut Youth Hockey Program is designed for kids that would not normally get a chance to learn and play hockey. During this 20 week program boys and girls strap on the skates, suit up in full hockey gear and play the game. While playing, they also learn the meaning behind teamwork, sportsmanship and responsibility.

Outings have included a day at the Buffalo Zoo, Fun Day at Coca-Cola Field, during which time over 300 children and their families enjoy a Buffalo Bisons baseball game. In addition Halloween parties, with costumes and treats are enjoyed by many of the children we serve.

VARIETY AT WORK is a growing program for the children of the Niagara Frontier and we at Tent 7 are hopeful that the future will bring new and added events for the children.

For information on Variety - The Children's Charity of Buffalo & Western New York,
Please call us at (716) 854-7577 or e-mail us at: vcstaff@varietykidstelethon.com

Variety, Tent 7 Board of
Directors:

Chief Barker:
Rose DiPaola

1st Assistant
Chief Barker:
Elizabeth Kuciel
2nd Assistant
Chief Barker:
Carol McMahon
Property Master:
Laura Little
Dough Guy:
Margaret Arnold
Assistant
Dough Guy:

Robert Klein

Canvassmen:
Paul J. Cambria
Priscilla Candiliotis
Raymond Carr
Sam Gikas
Christopher Hahn
Mike Klein

Paul Pignatora
Don Raiser
Ken Scibetta Jr.
Charlie Smith
Patricia Somogye

Past Chief Barkers:
Ed Smith
Carol A. Mcmahon
Kenneth E. Scibetta
Michael A. Benevento
Diane Kuciel

Executive Director:
Richard A. Goldstein
Variety Kids Telethon Executive Producer:
Stephen J. Podosek
Financial Specialist:
Roxanne Romanczak

Variety At Work

52nd Annual

Sunday March 30, 2014   7:00am - 7:00pm

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