Demetrius Day!

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.

And The Winner Is…

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.

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A “Royal” Weekend

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?

Making Wishes Come True

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 Gift Companies- Help your gift grow!

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

3COM Corporation
3M Corporation
AAA Auto Club
Abbott Laboratories
ADM Foundation
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Aetna, Inc.
Alco Standard Foundation
Allied Signal Foundation
American Century Companies, Inc.
American Express Company
Ameristar Casinos
Andrews McMeel Universal
AON Corporation
Apple Computers
Arco Foundation
ARMCO Foundation
Assurant Employee Benefits
AT&T Corporation
Atlantic Richfield
Auto Club of MO
Avon Products, Inc.
Bank of America Corporation
Banta Corporation
Beatrice Companies
BellSouth Corporation
The Black & Decker Corporation
Blockbuster, Inc.
Blue Bell, Inc.
The Boeing Company
Bonneville Broadcast
The Brinks Company
The Brown Shoe Company, Inc.
Bunge Corporation
Burlington North America, Inc.
Burns & McDonnell
Butler Manufacturing Company
CarMax Auto Superstore, Inc.
Caterpillar, Inc.
CertainTeed Corporation
The Charles Schwab Corporate Foundation
Chevron Texaco Corporation
Chicago Title Corporation
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
CIGNA Corporation
Cingular Wireless
Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Cisco Systems
Citgo Petroleum Corporation
The Clorox Company
Coach, Inc.
The Coca-Cola Company
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Commerce BancShares, Inc.
Commercial Federal Corporation
Computer Associates
Continental Group Foundation
Corning Incorporated
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Countrywide Financial Corporation
Deluxe Check Printers
Deluxe Corporation
Deutsche Bank America
Digital Foundation
Dow Corning Corporation
DST Systems Inc.
Eli Lilly and Company
Emerson Electric Company
Energizer Holdings, Inc.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co.
Equitable Life Assurance
Esmark Foundation
Exxon Corporation
Federated Department Stores, Inc.
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Foundation
Ford Foundation
Franklin Quest
Fuji Photo Film, U.S.A., Inc.
Gannett Foundation
Gap, Inc.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
GEICO Corporation
General Electric Co.
General Mills Corporation
Georgia Pacific Corporation
Gerber Products Company
The Gillette Company
GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation
Goodrich Corporation
Google, Inc.
H&R Block, Inc.
H.J. Heinz Company
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
Hartford Insurance Company
Hewlett-Packard Company
Home Depot
Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
H.R. Williams Mill Supply
Humana, Inc.
IBM Corporation
Illinois Tool Works
Ivy Labs
The J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation
John Hancock Financial Services
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Jostens, 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
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Kmart Corporation
Labconco Corporation
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Lee Company
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lexmark International, Inc.
Libbey, Inc.
Thomas J. Lipton Foundation
Liz Claiborne
Loews Corporation
Lucent Technologies
Marine Midland Bank
Mass Mutual Financial Group
MasterCard International, Inc.
Mattel, Inc.
The May Department Stores Company
Maytag Corporation
Mazda North America, Inc.
McDonald’s Corporation
The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Mercantile Bankshares Corporation
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc.
Meredith Corporation
Merrill Lynch & Company, Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Milton Bradley Company
Mitsubishi International Corporation
MMI Companies
Mobil Foundation
Monsanto Company
Morton International
Motorola Inc.
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
Newsweek, Inc.
NFL National Football League
Nike, Inc.
Nissan North America, Inc.
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Northwestern Mutual Life Foundation
Novartis Corporation
Olin Corporation
Olympus America, Inc.
Palm, Inc.
Panera Bread Company
Panhandle Eastern Corporation
Pella Corporation
PepsiCo, Inc.
Pfizer, Inc.
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Polaroid Foundation
PPG Industries
PQ Corporation
Procter & Gamble
Progressive Corporation
Prudential Financial
Quaker Oats Foundation
Qualcomm Inc.
Quest Diagnostics, Incorporated
R.H. Donnelley Corporation
RadioShack 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.
Root Laboratory
Safeco Insurance Company
Sallie Mae
Santa Fe Pacific Foundation
Sara Lee Foundation
SBC Communications Inc.
Sentry Insurance Foundation
Sony USA Foundation Inc.
Sprint Corporation
St. Paul Travelers Companies
Stanley Works Foundation
Starbucks Corporation
State Farm Companies
State Street Bank and Trust Company
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Susquehanna International Group, LLP
T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
Tandy Corporation
Tension Envelope Corporation
Tetley USA Inc.
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Time Warner Inc.
Tompkins Corporation
Toys R Us
Transamerica Corporation
Travelers Express Company, Inc./MoneyGram International
Tyco 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.
VF Corporation
VML, Inc.
Wachovia Bank
Washington Mutual, Inc.
The Washington Post Company
Waters Corporation
Westinghouse Electric
Whirlpool Corporation
The Williams Companies, Inc.
WMX Technologies
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
Yahoo, Inc.
Yum! Brands, Inc.