Variety the Children’s Charity is a worldwide philanthropic organization that serves children with disabilities. Variety operates charitable organizations in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Israel, France, and several other countries worldwide. The Charity’s main headquarters resides in Los Angeles, California, with 43 additional chapters (referred to as“tents”) assisting needy individuals throughout the United States.
The organization began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928, when a baby named Catherine was found in a seat at the Sheridan Square Theatre. When search efforts to find baby Catherine’s parents failed, a group of men affiliated with the entertainment industry in the area decided to financially support the baby and her future education. The name of this group was the “Variety Club, and the baby’s adoption set into motion the beginnings of Variety’s charitable work in the Pittsburgh area. Variety grew from an 11-man entertainment-industry social club to the encompassing and broad charity organization that it is today. Variety- The Children’s Charity currently operates in 13 countries and has raised funds exceeding $1.7 billion for children with special needs around the world.
Each “tent,” or chapter of Variety the Children’s Charity works with local organizations to provide struggling children and their families with the help they need. Each local tent has its own particular programs and areas of focus. In some cases, hearing impaired and deaf children are able to receive funding assistance from Variety The Children’s Charity for assisted listening technology, such as hearing aids.
Variety the Children’s Charity currently has locations in the following states:
- New York
To view comprehensive list of locations, including their contact information, visit: http://www.usvariety.org/locations_directory.html
With a mission to “promote and protect the health and well-being of children around the world,” Variety aims to impact the lives of children and their families, to ultimately make the world better for everyone. Variety of the United States enjoys many well-known sponsors, including several in the entertainment industry, such as Technicolor Film Services, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and Walt Disney Studios. The organization also has a unique relationship with M.R. Inc, a company which acquires and sells brand-name closeout merchandise – a percentage of every sale M.R. Inc. makes goes back to Variety, connecting corporate America with Variety’s programs to benefit children all over the United States.
To learn more about how to apply for financial assistance or get involved, locate your local chapter. Interested persons may also contact Variety the Children’s Charity Headquarters directly at:
Variety World Headquarters
4601 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (323) 934-4688