Today was a GREAT day for Demetrius and his family…Variety Children’s Charity was able to provide a ramp for the families van. Demetrius is a 15 year old young man that has permanent disabilities and is confined to a wheelchair. And at his age, he is too heavy for his family to lift in to the van every time they need to leave the house. This van ramp will allow Demetrius to feel independent and secure. We are so please to be able to assist this sweet family. http://www.varietykc.org/
The announcement for the Oscar’s nominee’s will be held today! What a great way to get excited about Oscar Night America. There is no better place to watch the Live Oscars than at the AMC Mainstreet 6 theater…Feel like you are in the front row in Hollywood.
Our event starts at 6:00pm on Sunday, February 27th , 2011. Host Larry Moore will be there to recognize our Stars of Kansas City.
Buy your ticket now at http://www.varietykc.org/.
Variety had a Royal weekend.
We started early Saturday morning with a booth at Royals FanFest! The Overland Park Convention Center was transformed into a “Disney World type” experience for Kansas City Royals fans and players.
Variety’s Children Charity of KC introduced our new Mascot….It was a huge hit and kid magnet. So many people wanted pictures with the Variety Heart Mascot……One little girl hugged the heart and said….. “I love you heart”. We met wonderful people and encouraged them to run or walk in the Royals 5K this September. The proceeds will benefit Royals Charities and Variety Children’s Charity of KC.
Our booth drew in alot of fun loving kids…We had a bubble machine, baseball Home Run game and lots of prizes. We had some Variety kids attend the event and we were able to get them up close to some of their favorite players. That was fun to see. We also made friends with the Overland Park Police Captain and his crew…They wore Variety Gold Heart Pins to show their support of our mission!
Our Variety High School volunteers are amazing……Jon, Sommer, Julia, Maggie, Abby, Julia, Sarah and Jillian. We also had Young Variety volunteers participate…Gene and Karen and Variety Volunteer..Tina….(It does take a village!) I am so impressed that students have the drive to give back to the communities they live. It is character building experience.
I had the unbelievable pleasure to meet Dan and Penny Glass. (actually bumped into them) What an honor to be able to thank them in person for their support and belief in Variety’s mission. I am in awe of their philanthropic heart that gives back to our community…especially to the kids in Kansas City that need assistance…Like our Variety kids. They use their lives to make a difference and change the lives of others.
What could be more rewarding than leaving a legacy of giving?
Variety’s Board had many requests for funding this month.
So glad we can help Demetrius get a wheelchair ramp for his van. He is a wonderful 15 year old boy that suffers with Spastic Cerebral Palsy. He is getting too big to lift, and now… Mom can push him in his wheelchair into the van so he can get around easier.
I have the honor of letting this family know their burden to fiance the ramp has been lifted.
We also granted little 8 year old Alyssa, the adaptive bike she needs. Alyssa’s therapist thinks this will help her benefit by engaging her gross motor skills…And I hope she will to have some fun too! Alyssa has Rett Syndrome and has a very supportive and encouraging mother. I know she loves American Girl Dolls…Maybe I’ll see about a basket for the bike so her doll can come with her.
The board also granted the wish of the last payment of a motorized wheelchair for sweet 10 year old Noah.
Noah relies on a power chair because of Freeman-Sheldon syndrome. These necessary wheelchairs are unbelievable expensive…Close to $30,000. It seems so unfair that something so mandatory has to be so expensive. When I told Noah’s mom of our approval of funds…she was so grateful like all families that are offered help for children.
Look what Noah’s mom wrote on Facebook…..The Young Variety Club of Kansas City! If you know anyone involved with this group, give them a great big hug from Noah. They have agreed to pay almost $4,000 towards Noah’s new wheelchair. If you don’t know anyone, check them out on FB and leave them a message letting them know how much this is appreciated, and what it means to Noah! He will be able to stand up by himself in this chair 🙂 AMAZING!!!!!
All the hard work, endless hours and countless times sharing our mission with strangers…pays off on a day like today!
Matching Gifts from Kansas City Companies
Below is a list of companies that offer a charitable Matching Gift Programs.
If your company is listed below, you can increase the value of your gift to Variety-The Children’s Charity by obtaining a matching gift form from your Human Resources Department and mailing it to us at the address below with your donation.
If you have already made your gift, you can mail the matching gift form separately. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Every little bit helps Kansas City kids in need.
Variety -The Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City.P.O. Box 3446 Shawnee, KS 66203
AAA Auto Club
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Alco Standard Foundation
Allied Signal Foundation
American Century Companies, Inc.
American Express Company
Andrews McMeel Universal
Assurant Employee Benefits
Auto Club of MO
Avon Products, Inc.
Bank of America Corporation
The Black & Decker Corporation
Blue Bell, Inc.
The Boeing Company
The Brinks Company
The Brown Shoe Company, Inc.
Burlington North America, Inc.
Burns & McDonnell
Butler Manufacturing Company
CarMax Auto Superstore, Inc.
The Charles Schwab Corporate Foundation
Chevron Texaco Corporation
Chicago Title Corporation
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Citgo Petroleum Corporation
The Clorox Company
The Coca-Cola Company
Commerce BancShares, Inc.
Commercial Federal Corporation
Continental Group Foundation
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Countrywide Financial Corporation
Deluxe Check Printers
Deutsche Bank America
Dow Corning Corporation
DST Systems Inc.
Eli Lilly and Company
Emerson Electric Company
Energizer Holdings, Inc.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co.
Equitable Life Assurance
Federated Department Stores, Inc.
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Foundation
Fuji Photo Film, U.S.A., Inc.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
General Electric Co.
General Mills Corporation
Georgia Pacific Corporation
Gerber Products Company
The Gillette Company
GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation
H&R Block, Inc.
H.J. Heinz Company
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
Hartford Insurance Company
Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
H.R. Williams Mill Supply
Illinois Tool Works
The J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation
John Hancock Financial Services
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Kansas City Life Insurance Co.
Kansas City Power & Light
Kansas City Southern
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Kemper Mutual Funds
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lexmark International, Inc.
Thomas J. Lipton Foundation
Marine Midland Bank
Mass Mutual Financial Group
MasterCard International, Inc.
The May Department Stores Company
Mazda North America, Inc.
The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Mercantile Bankshares Corporation
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc.
Merrill Lynch & Company, Inc.
Milton Bradley Company
Mitsubishi International Corporation
Murphy Oil Corporation
Mutual of America Life Insurance Company
National Starch & Chemical
NEC Laboratories American, Inc
The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.
New York Stock Exchange Foundation, Inc.
The New York Times Company
|NFL National Football League
Nissan North America, Inc.
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Northwestern Mutual Life Foundation
Olympus America, Inc.
Panera Bread Company
Panhandle Eastern Corporation
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Procter & Gamble
Quaker Oats Foundation
Quest Diagnostics, Incorporated
R.H. Donnelley Corporation
Ralston Purina Company
Random House, Inc.
RBC Dain Rauscher
The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Rolex Watch U.S.A., Inc.
Safeco Insurance Company
Santa Fe Pacific Foundation
Sara Lee Foundation
SBC Communications Inc.
Sentry Insurance Foundation
Sony USA Foundation Inc.
St. Paul Travelers Companies
Stanley Works Foundation
State Farm Companies
State Street Bank and Trust Company
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Susquehanna International Group, LLP
T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
Tension Envelope Corporation
Tetley USA Inc.
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Time Warner Inc.
Toys R Us
Travelers Express Company, Inc./MoneyGram International
UBS Unilever United States, Inc.
Union Pacific Corporation
United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
United States Cellular Corporation
United Technologies Corporation
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Vanguard Group, Inc.
Washington Mutual, Inc.
The Washington Post Company
The Williams Companies, Inc.
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
Yum! Brands, Inc.
Do you ever have those days were everything you need…gets done?
Today was one of those days..Everyone I needed help from came through with flying colors…I am blessed!
Morning Check List:
- Board meeting in the morning and Shawnee Copy Center had everything ready by 7:00am. (check)
- Mike Winne volunteered to create our Oscar Night America Invitations (check)
- Sent Invitation to the Academy for approval (check)
- Getting PSA tagged at the end for TV 9 and videos looped together for Beer for Bikes (check)
- Got Royals 5K flyer from Brocton Creative Group for FanFest this weekend-sent for approval (check)
- Wrote newsletter for January (check)
- Received press release for Young Variety anniversary (check)
- Started Krispy Kreme- Donate for Donuts campaign (check)
- Lining up volunteers for this Saturday Fan Fest (check)
- Sent Congratulations to Cathy Clay for her first day on the job at Alice 102 (check)
- Got help reducing a quote for an adaptive bike for a sweet child in need (check)
- Watched new Young Variety Video 4 times at http://www.beerforbikes.com/ (check)
- Got my new Blog on the Variety Web site (check ,check)
and all before noon…
Variety will be at the Fan Fest on Saturday to talk about our mission of mobility, to play games with the kids and talk about the Royals 5K….Lot of volunteers to help us. Hope to see everyone at the FANFEST!
Young Variety was just asked to be the benefactor of the Kansas City Auto Show preview Happy Hour Event…This is huge. Our charity will be able to host a party to preview this amazing one of a kind automobile experience.
The Auto Show has every car you could dream of on display to view and we get to host the preview….Then Variety will get to present an adaptive bike to a lucky child at the show on Saturday
Mark Moberly, The president of Young Variety was on TV 41 at noon to promote the Beer for Bikes Event…He ROCKED. After his segment aired tickets sold like hotcakes! The event is the second year and we hopefully will have a sell out crowd. Tickets on sale at www.beerforbikes.com.
Saw the Beer for Bikes preview video. I am in awe at the talent that Young People have..The creative process of pulling time and talents together and watching the magic in the outcome in so inspiring.
Spoke to Jillian Micheals company about the video series for special need people. They are meeting with Kyle Maynard to coordinate efforts. Go to : kyle-maynard.com. Watch to see and be inspired by this amazing Young Man. Hopefully Variety International will help with this worth while project…Everyone wants to move and feel good about themselves..Dream Big!