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A Night of Variety: Saving one of Alberta’s most iconic charities November 21, 2014 3:55 AM - Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern Alberta

Variety – the Children’s Charity did something very special in Calgary, Alberta on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The Board of Directors hosted A Night of Variety, a fundraising event that featured live music, catered hors d’oeuvres, a wine bar, magicians and performers, a photo booth, and a silent auction. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the Variety name among a new generation of Calgarians, as well as raise funds to support children with special needs and their families. A Night of Variety was a huge success! They hosted approximately 180 people and raised just under $12,000 to further their efforts to revitalize the charity.

The Alberta Chapter (Tent 61) of Variety International was founded in Calgary in 1982 by several high profile members of the community including NHL broadcasting legend Ed Whalen. For more than 30 years Variety has been giving back to the community in many ways. They have funded the creation of Variety Splash Park – a barrier-free park that has both wet and dry play areas for children and their families, partnered with former Calgary Stampeder and CFL Hall of Fame inductee Rocco Romano for the `Rocco`s Kick-Off for Kids` campaign, supported the Sunshine Coach Program designed to provide safe and reliable transportation for children and their families, and supported the 2.3 million dollar expansion of the Rockyview Hospital’s Special Care Nursery and Family Room that opened in April 2003.

Their mission is to continue to advance the health, quality of life, and happiness of Alberta`s children with special needs by actively increasing community participation, cooperation, and responsibility. A new and ambitious Board of Directors has worked tirelessly in 2014 to achieve the goals of Variety Alberta and support the children in our community. In addition to hosting A Night of Variety, the charity has donated more than $20,000 to families of four children with Cerebral Palsy and mobility issues to modify their vehicles to enable wheelchair access, provided a family with enough funding to purchase lifesaving formula for their infant twin boys, moved to a new office, and recently launched an updated website.

Variety – The Children’s Charity is working hard to become more visible and prominent in Alberta through paying respect to our past while paving the way for our future.

To learn more about Variety – the Children’s Charity of Southern Alberta, please visit their newly updated website.

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