It is with great pleasure I announce the appointment of Angelique Barthel as Executive Director of Variety, the Children’s Charity of Illinois (effective as of March 1, 2014). Angelique assumes the position from Vince Pagone, who will serve on the honorary Variety of Illinois board along with former presidents. “I am very excited to be selected by Variety’s Board of Directors to take on the responsibility of overseeing our organization’s mission,” said Angelique.
“My goal is to cultivate our potential to help even more families of children in need throughout the state.”
Like the origins of Variety, Angelique’s professional background is also rooted in show business. She started her career interning with Disney as a charter member of the Buena Vista Pictures College Network before spending the next 10 years as Director of Marketing and Publicity at Hollywood Cinemas in the Western Chicago suburbs. Angelique spearheaded many fundraising endeavors while at Hollywood Cinemas, such as a fundraiser that raised $42,000 for the Michael J Fox Parkinson’s Research Foundation and included a celebrity “Back to the Future” reunion with Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. She also worked with cast members Tom Felton and James & Oliver Phelps from the Harry Potter film franchise on personal appearances that included several successful fundraisers for Easter Seals of DuPage. In addition, Angelique was instrumental in a partnership with Lifesource, which included quarterly blood drives that became one of Chicagoland’s most successful charity programs.
Angelique became a supporter of Variety of Illinois through Hollywood Cinemas 10 years ago, when we first partnered with the theatre for our annual Academy Awards Viewing party and fundraiser. She became the event chair in 2005 (and won a Variety Presidential Citation for this in 2010), and was later named to the Variety of Illinois Board of Directors in 2012.
I am proud to have Angelique as our new Executive Director and look forward to her fresh, inspired vision for the future of Variety of Illinois.
President, Variety of Illinois
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