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80 Stories, 80 Days: Lemonade Stands, Ice Cream Socials and Kids Helping Kids

This inspiring story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

Written by Ally and Ava Levings:

Ally, Ava and friends presenting an
adaptive bicycle to a Variety child.

Our mom is involved in Variety, so we’ve had a chance to see all of the great efforts to raise money to allow children with special needs to gain mobility. Last summer, we enlisted several of our friends to put together a summer of activities to raise money for Variety with the goal of purchasing an adaptive bike for a child. We all spent the summer doing lemonade stands, ice cream socials, bake sales, etc. We then held one big event – a Bingo Night fundraiser. We invited Variety families, our own friends and families and the community. We were able to raise enough money to present an adaptive bike to a child, and it was so special to see this child loving and enjoying the new bike.

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: The Moment He Sat on His Trike, He Was Free

Zane and his son Wyatt’s powerful story of fighting for life, love and freedom is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. Through it, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now.

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.


80 Stories, 80 Days: Watching My Daughter Fall in Love With Philanthropy

This heartwarming story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Jill DeBok:

My favorite memory of Variety was watching my daughter the moment she fell in love with philanthropy. We were at a Variety gift presentation, and when she saw the joy on the boy’s face (as he was riding a bike for the first time), I could see the empathy and compassion on her face. Since that moment, my daughter and I have shared many other moments of helping other children through Variety, and it’s a very special part of our mother-daughter relationship.

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: Born Awesome!

This heartwarming story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Jennifer Lopez:

My son will be turning 2 next week and he just happens to have Down syndrome. This means he was born Awesome. He’s just like any two year old. He’s running around and chasing our poor cats everywhere. I turned to Variety to see about getting him an iPad to help develop his speech and work on problem solving. He received it last week. He’s already making more sounds and can navigate through some of his apps by himself. This has made such a huge improvement in just a few short days. I’m so grateful for the donation to help him achieve his milestones. Having a child born with an extra chromosome just means he has extra super powers. With Variety donating his iPad it has helped to make those powers soar!!!

Jennifer’s awesome son communicating
through an iPad and apps from Variety.

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: People With Heart

This uplifting story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Hannah DeBok:

One of my favorite memories from Variety has been the bike drive a few years ago. I got to dress up in the heart costume and get a ton of bikes from generous people to eager kids. It was freezing but it was 100% worth it because from then on I have become more involved with a community I like to call my family.

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: The Moment that Made a Difference

This sincere story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Andy Tretiak:

For me, it was the opening of the new adaptive baseball field in Olathe. I’ve always loved baseball, and it’s amazing that Variety and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation teamed up to build this special park so all kids can play!

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.


80 Stories, 80 Days: Giving Back in a Meaningful Way

This serendipitous story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

Written by Karen Abramowitz:

Several years ago, I made it a personal goal to become part of a local organization. I wanted to give back to the community, but in a meaningful way. I didn’t want to just make phone calls or stuff envelopes, I wanted to be a part of something bigger. While scrolling through Facebook one afternoon, I saw a friend’s photos from a charity event. As I clicked through each one, I saw smiling faces and people on a mission. I started googling that charity and found an email address for Young Variety of Greater Kansas City. I sent an email, asking how I could get involved and help. That email led to a meeting that led to an invitation to join the advisory board. And three years later, I was asked to serve as the Vice President of Young Variety. Sometimes, things have a way of working themselves out! I’m so proud and honored to be a part of such a committed and caring organization!

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: Maddox Gets An Adaptive Tricycle

Maddox’s story of ending his isolation and getting to go outside and ride bikes with all the neighbor kids is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. Through it, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now.

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

80 Stories, 80 Days: Putting Smiles on Children’s Faces

This passionate story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Amy Milroy:

Variety has supported children and families at the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center for many years! We are so grateful for their support of our program as well as individual children. I’m not sure I can pick just one story! The smile on Bryce’s face, or Hunter’s face are recent memories. Certainly, the most recent story is that of Ryan and Variety helping complete a nearly two year process for a vehicle modification. I’ll also never forget a check presentation on Halloween when all the babies were in their costumes. Thanks Variety! You make great things happen!

Through our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign, we are asking all of you who have been touched by our organization in any way to share your story and help us gain more support for Kansas City children with developmental disabilities.

Unique Connect will donate directly to us for every story we collect through this campaign, so please submit your story now

Looking for another way to support Variety? Get your tickets for our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2014 Variety Show starring Sinbad.

 

80 Stories, 80 Days: Enjoying Life to Its Fullest

This passionate story is a part of our 80 Stories, 80 Days campaign. For every story we collect through this campaign, Unique Connect will make a donation directly to our organization, so please submit your story now.

From Joy Sedlacek:

I first learned about Variety in 2008 when Nancy Pagel asked the Royals to listen to what Variety was about. We had a meeting with Deborah Wiebrecht and immediately fell in love with the mission of Variety. What this charity is able to do is help those families who have fallen through the cracks be mobile, be social, feel included and act and move like a kid should. (more…)

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