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Board memBersKim BaerRod BurnsDiane CaldbeckReynolds CramerApril DailyLes DavisKyle GambleEileen GannonSteve GoodingTerence GreenleyLaura HollingsworthSheila HouriganLana Jones-GouldPat KnuevenLinda KoehnKathryn KunertScott N. LinnJeff LorenzenSoozie McBroom

Letter fromthe Prez

Steve Eden

2007-2008Variety - The Children’s Charity

Officers & Board of Directors

PresidentSteve Eden

1st Vice PresidentDave Southwell

treasurerJoanne Mangold

2nd Vice PresidentStan W. Reynolds

secretaryBill Boyd

immediate Past PresidentMark Vukovich

Steve BlankStanley J. ReynoldsMike ReillyRay JohnsonJ GlasnappMike AndersonJack PrayJim WillerSteve JacobsJody ReynoldsKeith SwansonJim SprattEric TurnerBruce Sherman

Variety international Mike ReillyJody ReynoldsStanley J Reynolds

executiVe directorSheri McMichael

Mike KnappLoretta SiemanBrad WinterbottomCharles TaylorKirk TibbettsDave MaurerJoe ProctorGregg GustafsonSuzie Glazer BurtRosalie GallagherJack PriceTerry GreenleyLana Jones - GouldMark Vukovich

Past Presidents

You are the best! If you are reading this, you have an interest and/or investment in Variety. With folks like you, Variety is able to help many children from around the state become healthier, safer and happier. We gather on March 8th and 9th to put on the largest telethon in Iowa showcasing our success for 2007 – 08. At the heart of the telethon are our VIP (Very Interested Person) panels that raise more than a million dollars annually.

Variety was very fortunate to benefit from two major events in 2007, the Hy-Vee Triathlon and the Principal Charity Classic presented by Wells Fargo. Both organizations are phenomenal. These lead the way for many other great events throughout the year put on by both Variety and Young Variety.

Please join me in thanking the Variety executive committee, board of directors, staff, and all of our dedicated volunteers who have served on numerous committees and as VIP’s and phone panels. A special thanks goes to the O’Donnell Family for presenting the proceeds from their Annual O’Donnell & Friends Open to Young Variety. The money raised allowed us to provide a Sunshine Coach for Orchard Place and a Sunshine Bus for Link Associates. The O’Donnell’s are a good family with a huge heart which allows them to help local charities for the past 14 years.

Please thank this year’s Honorary Chairs, Barry and Michele Griswell. We couldn’t be more pleased to have Barry and Michele on board. They are dedicated through Variety to improving the lives of Iowa¹s special needs children. Thank you Barry and Michele!!

As we approach the telethon, we all must remember that the needs of Iowa’s children have never been greater. Our goal is to take Variety - The Children’s Charity to new heights so we might serve the needs of thousands of children who want what we all treasure; comfortable, productive, and happy lives. It is our responsibility as the largest children’s charity in Iowa to raise lots of money so we might help more children than ever.

Thanks for all you do,

Steve Eden

Drew McLellanKitte NobleKaren NovakMarshall PorterJack PrayScott RundallVicky SlagleJill SmithKari SmithJohn SnyderDawn TaylorRon TaylorKirk TibbettsRick TierneyNick VanPattenZac VossEric WalkerDan WilcoxBrad WinterbottomHan Wu


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Variety – The Children’s Charity of Iowa is honored to have Thomas J. Berthel serving as honorary chairperson for the 2008 Eastern Iowa Telethon. Berthel is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Berthel Fisher & Company, a financial services holding company located in Marion, Iowa. Variety touched the lives of Berthel’s family when his twin grandchildren spent their first days in a hospital with Variety’s name on the walls. He and his wife Deanna visited them frequently in Des Moines’ Blank Children’s Hospital.

The 22nd annual Eastern Iowa Variety Telethon will air March 3-7 during the morning, midday, and early evening news broadcasts on KWWL – Channel 7. More than 500 Eastern Iowa volunteers will participate. The phone panels will be in the KWWL studio in Waterloo, as well as the Alliant Tower lobby in Cedar Rapids throughout the Telethon.

Berthel is actively involved throughout the community working with various charities and philanthropic organizations. In addition, the associates and employees of Berthel Fisher & Company will pledge their time during the Telethon on two phone panels.

“Community involvement has always been a priority for me personally and professionally,” said Berthel. “I am looking forward to appearing on the telethon to encourage others to support this worthy cause with their pledges.”

Berthel Fisher & Company offers securities investments, investment banking services, and a full array of insurance products. Independent Representatives from Berthel Fisher & Company are located across the country. Founded more than 20 years ago, Berthel Fisher & Company is located in Marion, Iowa, part of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor.

else,” said Mr. Griswell. “Variety recognized the importance ofinvesting in children. By deciding to focus on making small dailydifferences, Variety is making a world of difference in the lives of many here in the metro area today and well into the future.” Beyond Variety – The Children’s Charity, the Griswells areactively involved in various industry, professional, and civicorganizations recognized for excellence in their field. Mr. Griswell is the immediate past chair of the American Council of Life Insurers and continues to serve on its board. He is also on the boards of the United Way of America, Herman Miller, Inc., the Business Roundtable, The Horatio Alger Society, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, Central College in Pella, Iowa, and Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Mrs. Griswell gives her time and energy generously to several local and national community and social service organizationsdedicated to early childhood education and the health andwell-being of families. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, West Des MoinesHuman Services, the Des Moines Metro Opera, and is boardmember and vice president of the Des Moines Art Center. She is a charter member of the Women’s Leadership Connection for the United Way of Central Iowa and is an active member of the United Way of America’s Toqueville Society and National Women’sLeadership Council. Their vision, civic leadership and dedication have beenrecognized often. Mr. Griswell is the recipient of the nationalAlexis de Tocqueville Society Award, the Business Committee for the Arts Leadership Award, the Central Iowa Philanthropic Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Horatio Alger Association Distinguished American Award, the Oscar C. Schmidt Iowa Business Leadership Award, and, in 2003 was inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. Mrs. Griswell has been honored as a Des Moines Business Record Woman of Influence and as a Children and Families of IowaChampion of Children. Most recently, the Griswells were recipients of the 2007 Des Moines Register Iowa Star Award.

Themselves products of humble beginnings, J. Barry andMichele Griswell are emphatic advocates for socialresponsibility and community service in Central Iowa and across the nation. As Chairman and CEO of The Principal Financial Group, Mr. Griswell draws from a distinguished 30-year career infinancial services to champion efforts that support andstrengthen the financial security of average Americans andtheir families. Under his leadership, The Principal has experiencedtremendous growth as a global retirement services organization while expanding its charitable contribution activities beyond Iowa to include communities where it has an employee presence. Firm believers in giving back to the community, the Griswells contribute generously -- not only financially, but also their personal time. They became actively involved inVariety-The Children’s Charity as a result of their passion for children’s issues – particularly early childhood education. “In many ways, Variety is the culmination of all our efforts given its unique outreach to support children’s organizations,” said Mrs. Griswell. “Before Variety, few people focused on the health andwell-being of children. Kids were lumped in with everyone



Eastern IowaHonorary Chair

Tom Berthel

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Grahame Mapp International President, Variety the Children’s CharityGrahame Mapp is one of Australia’s more successful businessmen of the past 3 decades,having developed one of the Country’s largest coal mining and exporting Corporations -Oakbridge Limited - from humble beginnings.

He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours in 1986 for service to the Coal Industry and the community.

Recently, Australia’s former Consul General in New York, Mr Kenneth C. Allen said ofGrahame, “there is little doubt that Grahame’s record places him amongst the great Australian Industrialists in his time”.

Grahame was a Founder of the Variety Club of Australia in 1975 and was closely involved in its development. In 2007 he was elected International President.

Grahame is Chairman and Proprietor of Omnilab Media Group, Australia’s largest vertically-integrated media services organization. Omnilab’s operations have expanded into contentdevelopment, production and distribution of television programming, children’s animatedseries and feature films including The Bank Job, which will premiere across the USA on March 7 and Dying Breed, to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April.

Grahame has a passionate interest in breeding and racing thoroughbred horses from hishistoric Hobartville Stud near Sydney, the oldest horse stud in Australia. The Mapp racing silks are well known on the Australian turf, with a string of successes in recent years.

Grahame has 4 children and was widowed in 1995. He re-married in 2006 to Sue Fraser, the former Executive Director of Variety South Australia.

Memories for 240 Iowa children will include a brand new bicycle and helmet. These

are children who come from families who could not otherwise afford bikes. Thanks to

Variety – the Children’s Charity, each child received a new bicycle, safety helmet and

lock during Variety’s Bikes for Kids giveaway events in Burlington, Des Moines,

Johnston, Newton, Panora and West Des Moines.

The Eastern Iowa committee of Variety has worked hard to reach children in

numerous communities throughout their area also. The Bikes For Kids Program gave

away 73 bicycles, helmets and bike locks on a hot July day at the Hy-Vee on

First Avenue in Cedar Rapids.

A Bikes For Kids event was held at the Hy-Vee on Dodge Street in Dubuque in

December. Despite the cold and snow, all the “winners” had smiles on their faces as

they received their first new bike. The local Wal-Mart has become a great partner in

making these events happen. Next year, we are hoping to have a bike rodeo at the

Hy-Vee in Waterloo.

These bicycles were paid for by sponsors who donated $100 per bicycle. To sponsor

the purchase of a bike for a child, call 515-243-4660 or email

[email protected].



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Watch for these TV Station Personalities


Central Iowa Telethon ABC 57pm March 8 until 6pm March 9

Brad EdwardsLisa Carponelli Chris Flanagan

Sioux City ABC 9March 9, 2008

Larry Wentz Jenna Rehnstrom

Quad Cities Channel 4March 9, 2008

This is the 22nd year that United Airlines has partnered with Variety – The Children’s Charity in helping fly in the cast of performers for the Variety Telethon. Over 20 people fly in from around the country to provide entertainment at the Des Moines Telethon and United has provided free upgrades. On behalf of the children of Iowa, we salute the friendly skies of United Airlines!United Airlines provides another very special incentive. Every donor who contributes a double miracle pledge of $104 or more and pays by May 1st, 2008 to Variety, will be eligible for our “United Airline Ticket Drawing”. The winner of this drawing will receive 2-round trip tickets anywhere in the Continental United States courtesy of United Airlines. This incentive encourages donors to give a little more for the children of Iowa AND it helps Variety say thank-you in a big way to its ongoing supporters.Once again, the caring employee-owners of United Airlines will be working the toteboard in Des Moines for the entire Telethon. Inrecognition of the hard work of all the United Airline employees, we extend a special thanks to David Trachtenberg, United AirlinesMarketing Manager.THANK YOU, UNITED AIRLINES!!

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2008 Telethon Cast

Megan Bobo Jason Cook Abbey CurranMiss Iowa USA

Ben Davidson Dondino Blake Emmons

Steve Haberman

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan

David Anthony Higgins Randy Kohrs

Erin Crotty

Diana ReedMiss Iowa

Kim Olson Darrin Otto

Ed Podolak Brandon Routh Emma Samms Denise Shipler

Alyssa Simmons Scott Smith Wicker VanOrsdel

Michael Danso Dalena Ditto

Tony Hatch

Beth Smith

Emily BeyMiss Iowa Teen USA

Zi Lin ZhangMiss World

Dallas Clark


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2008 Telethon CastEmily Bey, Miss Iowa Teen USA. A senior at George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. She is not only beautiful and talented, she is dedicated to helping others. She serves as a mentor for young people in crisis, is active in her church, a volunteer counselor with Kids First, and helps at the Humane Society, to name a few of her volunteer activities. An avid skier. She plans to attend Iowa State University next year.

Megan Bobo Des Moines native, sang with the “Old Gold Singers”, toured with “Up With People”. Success on “American Idol” encouraged her to move to Los Angeles to pursue her singing and acting career. Performing now with popular band “Neverwonder”. She has the reputation of a performer with presence, passion, soul, and talent. Welcome back Megan, to your second Telethon.

Dallas Clark 13 year old, 7th grader at Okoboji Middle School. She’s a very good student, has a sister Amanda (21), has been singing for nine years. She’s known for her National Anthem…that’s how she got started, loves singing country, enjoys basketball, softball, volleyball and taekwondo. Can sing in front of any size crowd. Has made 2 CD’s so far, is taking guitar lessons and working on writing songs at present. She can’t wait for acting in high school plays. Dallas enjoys singing and working at what it takes to entertain any kind of crowd. She is very enthusiastic but young at heart. Her future is yet to be determined; she shows a lot of effort and determination.

Jason CookStarred as Shawn-Douglas Brady or Shawn D. on “Days of our Lives”. This handsome young man is a talented actor, musician and writer. He is one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood. Returning for his sixth Telethon. Currently working on a new movie in Australia. Coming back to help the kids of Iowa. A real Telethon veteran.

Erin CrottyGranddaughter of Beverly Blank Perry whose brother Steve Blank was one of the original Telethon founders. Erin, a young teenager living in Rye, New York, enjoys performing as well as writing her own music. Her goal is to pursue a life of music and share her songs with the world.

Abby Curran – Miss Iowa USA 2008Crowned in November as Miss Iowa USA 2008. Became the first Miss Iowa who has dealt with special challenges her entire life, born with Cerebral Palsy. She has dedicated her life to proving that no challenge or limitation is great enough to stop her from achieving her dreams. Beautiful and caring, a great combination. Abbey is pursing her degree in public relations at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Michael DansoBorn in Glasgow, Scotland, and now living in Toronto, Canada. He is a dynamic, energetic, stylish entertainer. Whether starring in Riverdance on Broadway, singing with a symphony orchestra in London, or on the Variety Telethon in Iowa, his rich voice thrills the audience. Recently starred in a new musical in Edinburgh named “Rob Roy.” Michael, as the Bard sang ‘He’s a magician’ in a slick cabaret style. One of everyone’s favorite Telethon stars.

Ben Davidson A Telethon regular. Former All-Pro Defensive Lineman with the Oakland Raiders. A Miller Lite All-Star. He also comes back to Iowa from his home in San Deigo to go on RAGBRAI. But, we all know him as a caring man who comes to Iowa to help our kids. Welcome Ben for his 22nd Telethon.

Dalena DittoDynamic star of the Dalena Ditto Country Variety Show where she will be performing her seventh season at the all new Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Originally from Audubon, Iowa. Her CD “Walk on Water” is terrific. We are delighted she is appearing on her fifth Iowa Variety telethon. Her beauty, talent and heart will thrill us all. She has become a Telethon regular and we are delighted to have her! She and her husband Mike are the proud parents of an 8 month baby boy.

Dondino In the world of music, Dondino epitomizes the very qualities which listeners around the globe strive to put adequately into words; Incandescent vocal gifts, superb dramatic instincts, impeccable musical tastes and a radiant personality surmounted by a warmth that instantly transcends across the footlights and onto recordings. His special musical qualities have immediately led to his association with the worlds most importantentertainers, orchestras and conductors. Also welcome Debbie Richards, his pianist and musical conductor.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan A WCW champion, Hacksaw is known for his running clothesline tackle and his trademark 2 X 4. A proud defender of the American flag, motherhood, and don’t get between him and an apple pie. Now working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He’s also known for his great way with children and we’re proud to welcome him and his wife Debra back to Iowa for his seventh Telethon. He can really fire up a phone panel.

Blake Emmons We are very proud of Blake. He was presented with The Order of Canada in recognition of his humanitarian efforts on behalf of disabled children in Canada and around the world. A talented and caring man - one of Iowa’s favorites. He lives in Nashville. He truly is an Honorary Iowan. He was here for the first Telethon in 1975 and nearly every one since.

Steve Haberman A terrific musician, a talented songwriter, a mainstay on Variety Telethons. He conducts the Telethon orchestra and you’ll want to watch for his late night rendition of Tuti-Fruiti. Has a recurring role on the Young and The Restless. Thanks Steve, for all you do for the kids of Iowa.

Tony HatchUK born, one of the world’s leading composers of popular songs and music for television. He is best known for his hit songs for Petula Clark including DOWNTOWN, I KNOW A PLACE, CALL ME, MY LOVE, WHO AM I, SIGN OF THE TIMES, COLOUR MY WORLD, I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE, DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY, and THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER. His songs have been recorded and performed by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, Jr., Perry Como, Nancy Wilson, George Shearing, Andy Williams, Lulu and Shirley Bassey. A great supporter of Variety, he has been Chief Barker of Variety in Australia and Great Britain and also Past President of Variety International.

David Anthony HigginsHas recurring role on Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle.” Starred as Joe Farrell, Master Coffee Brewer on the ABC hit series Ellen. Best known as part of the sketch comedy trio, The Higgins Boys and Gruber. In addition to TV, he is a frequent guest star at comedy clubs all over the United States. He shot a pilot called Misconceptions for the WB. Des Moines native returning to Iowa for his 12th Telethon.

Randy KohrsYoung, handsome country singer and musician mastering many different forms of string and wood guitars. Now from Nashville, originally from New Virginia, Iowa. Randy has top ten hit “Who’s Goin With me?” Many consider Randy the finest country music guitar player in the country. Randy has been making incredible strides since the release of his 2007 Rural Rhythm Records CD, Old Photograph. The International Acoustic Music Association just awarded the consummate Nashville artist their first place prize in the Country/Bluegrass category for the song “Rockwell’s Gold,” the first single from the latest self-produced project. His special friend, talented fiddle player Ashley Brown, is coming with him.

Kim OlsonKim Olson performs regularly at Disneyland’s World Class Hotel, The Grand Californian. The Grand is the newest hotel at Disneyland Resorts. He keeps busy entertaining at corporate events for companies like, Allergan, PriceWaterhouse, Toshiba, and many more. As a songwriter, Kim’s original song, “Best I Know How”, was recorded by the Gospel group, “Two or More”. The CD plays on Radio Stations around the world. Recently Kim sang the Nation National Anthem for “The Mighty Ducks”, and last summer at a Los Angeles Angels game. Kim says, “The highlight of every year is performing at the Variety of Iowa Telethon . The people are genuine, and there is no better way to help kids in need”

Darrin OttoThis handsome exciting singer is originally from Iowa, now lives in Nashville. Seen in ads for Sprint PCS, O’Charleys, and Sonic Restuarants. Has been the opening act for Sawyer Brown and the legendary Roger Miller. He is a spokesmodel for Menaji Skin Care for Men, and the host of the Spa2Go infomercial. Appeared in Revlon commercial with Sheryl Crow and named one of Nashville’s Hottest Singles by the prestigious Nashville Lifestyles Magazine. Co-starred in Carrie Underwood’s video “So Small” as well as Mat Kearney’s “Breathe In, Breathe Out” Returning for his 20th Telethon.

Ed PodolakSportscaster, former Hawkeye football star and All-Pro running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. Still popular with Iowans as the Voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Returning for his 24th year. A vital part of our Telethon and a very caring human being, the proud son of Dorothy and Joe of Atlantic, Iowa. We love it Ed, when the children bring tears to your eyes. Currently splitting his time between real estate ventures in Costa Rica and Aspen.

Diana ReedDiana Reed, Miss Iowa 2007 finished in the top 10 of Miss America competition. Native of Norwalk, Iowa, University of Iowa graduate, Hawkeye Golden Girl (feature twirler), won numerous titles in baton and dance. Invests her time in Character Counts! working with kids. Welcome Diana.

Brandon Routh Recently married the talented actress, Courtney Ford. Grew up in Norwalk, attended the University of Iowa before heading to Hollywood. Had roles in Odd Man Out, Gilmore Girls, and Undressed before landing Clark Kent/Superman role in Superman Returns. Has signed to repeat the role in the next Superman movie. His brother is a real life Superman – a police officer in Des Moines. Can play piano and trumpet, enjoys soccer, basketball, biking and swimming. Proud parents are Katie and Ron who live in Norwalk. Returning for his second Telethon.

Emma SammsReturning to Iowa for her 22nd Telethon. She is the spokesperson for “Cash for Kids.” Talented and caring actress who starred in General Hospital, Dynasty, The Colby’s and many, many movies. A truly beautiful person inside and out and a vital part of our Telethon and the Variety family. She is proud to have founded

the Starlight Foundation which has helped thousands of children.

Denise ShiplerAppearing on her 21st Telethon. This talented and beautiful young lady will capture your heart. Iowa native from Burt. Appeared on many Variety Telethons throughout North America. National spokesperson for children and Very Special Arts - Iowa. She thrills the audience wherever she goes. Performed at Ragbrai 05 and at Rock the Roof at Lake Okobodji. This dynamic and versatile vocalist sings everything from Country and Blues to R & B and Rock N Roll. Recently performed with Nashville’s “Shotgun Red” Band and appeared on stage with the legendary Ralph Emery. Be sure to see her show at the Iowa State Fair. We are fortunate she is part of our Telethon family.

Alyssa SimmonsThis amazingly talented 17 year old returns for her fourth Iowa Variety Telethon. Alyssa has opened for many major recording artists and has appeared at the Apollo theatre in New York City. She performs around Michigan with her incredible band and has just finished recording new original songs. Alyssa is very excited and honored to be a part of the Telethon family.

Scott Smith & Beth Smith Scott is a talented singer, pianist and bandleader. He has spent many years entertaining in the Des Moines area, as well as Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He was a member of the original cast on Telethon One. You can always count on Scott for surprises and great music. He and his wife Beth are a talented couple. His daughter had triplets prematurely, and they know first-hand why the Variety Neo-Natal Intensive Care Nursery is so important!

Wicker Van OrsdelA beautiful, energetic and talented lady. Wicker has appeared at the Crystal Palace in Aspen and many nightclubs across the U.S. She has the music in her and is a lot of fun to be around. We are delighted she is a vital and important part of our Telethon family. She is a lady with energy to burn. The “Gong Show” in Okabodji is her creation. A terrific citizen of Des Moines and Iowa. Zi Lin Zhang - Miss World 2007Zi Lin is 23 yrs old and was in fact the tallest (5 foot 9 inches) among the other 105 contestants in Miss World 2007. She was born in Shi Jia Zhuang City in Hei Bei Province of People’s Republic of China in 1984, and moved to the capital, Beijing. Beijing will be host city to the 2008 Olympic Games. She attended the University of Science & Technology attaining a Degree in Business Administration, and now working as a fashion model. Hobbies and sporting interests include: travel; reading; watching movies, writing, sports; 100 meters jump & hurdle, triple jump, swimming, both classical and folk dancing, and listening to folk music. Her favorite food is; fruit, chocolate, and ice cream. Zi Lin’s personal motto is “Where there’s a will there’s a way”. Welcome her to Iowa.


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Familiar Telethon SightsIf you have been coming to Telethon..there are certain things that you see every year. You will see the familiar sights of telethon weekend that remind you not only are youhelping the special needs children in Iowa, but you are having fun doing it!

Renee Wulf Danny & The Dreamers Eileen Gannon

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Amanda the Panda Des Moines Camp Amanda

American Lung Association of Iowa Des Moines Camp Scholarships for Children with Asthma

American Red Cross Des Moines Learn to Swim Scholarships

Arc of East Central Iowa Cedar Rapids Sensory, Social, Learning Materials

Area Substance Abuse Council Cedar Rapids Toddler/Preschool Room Renovations

Bikes for Kids Statewide Bikes, Helmets and Locks for At-Risk Children

Blank Children’s Hospital Des Moines Pediatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Blank Park Zoo Foundation Des Moines Zoo Programs

Boys & Girls Club/Mississippi Valley Moline 15-Passenger Van

Boys & Girls Clubs/Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids Teen Center Renovations

Boys & Girls Clubs/Central Iowa Des Moines 15-passenger Van

Broadlawns Medical Center Des Moines Minivan , equipment and Renovation of Pediatric Exam Rooms and Equipment

Camp Fire USA Des Moines Remodel Activity and Dining Lodge at Camp Canwita

Camp Hertko Hollow Des Moines Camperships for Children with Diabetes

Capitol Park Early Learning Center Des Moines Playground Improvements

Child Abuse Prevention Services Marshalltown Developmental Toys and Safety Equipment

Children & Families of Iowa Des MoinesNew Roof for Child Development Center

ChildServe Johnston Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Christ the King Free Clinic for Kids Des Moines Pediatric Medical and Dental Clinic

Clearview Recovery, Inc. Prairie City 15-Passenger Van

Covenant Foundation, Inc. Waterloo Pediatric Medical Equipment

Des Moines Interfaith Hospitality Des Moines Day Center Supplies and Transportation Assistance

Des Moines Art Center Des Moines Children’s Art Education Programs for At-Risk Youth

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Des Moines Testing Materials, Therapeutic Games/Toys and Equipment

Des Moines Playhouse Des Moines Playhouse Literacy Program for At-Risk Youth

Early ACCESS Des Moines Toys, Books and Equipment for Variety Toybrary

Easter Seals Iowa Des Moines Equipment for Autism Lending Library

Faith, Hope & Charity, Inc. Storm Lake Medical Equipment, 15-Passenger Van

Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Johnston Equipment for Children with SMA

Families, Inc. West Branch Materials and Equipment

Family & Children’s Council Waterloo Take Charge of Your Body Program

Family Crisis Centers Sioux City Emergency & Ongoing Services for At-Risk Children

Food Bank of Iowa Des Moines Backpack Buddies Food Program

Four Mounds Foundation Dubuque Program Tools for YES Program

Four Oaks Fort Dodge Minivan

Four Oaks of Iowa Cedar Rapids Minivan

Francis Lauer Youth Services Mason City Equipment for Outdoor Wellness Center

Friendly House Davenport 15-Passenger Van

Galaxy Youth Center Grinnell Transportation for Children’s AfterSchool Programs

Handicare, Inc. Coralville Remodel of Center

Heart Connection Des Moines Camperships for Children with Cancer

Hills & Dales Dubuque Remodel of Community Center Restrooms

House of Mercy Des Moines Children’s Programs

I Have a Dream Des Moines Minivan

lowa Council, Boy Scouts of America Davenport Renovations to Camp Loud Thunder

Institute for Character Development Des Moines Character Counts Program for At-Risk Children

Reach out and Read Iowa Johnston Age and Culturally Appropriate Books

Iowa Friends of Foster Children Johnston Foster Children Support

Iowa Homeless Youth Center Des Moines Bus Passes and Transportation for Working Youth

Iowa Kidstrong, Inc. Des Moines KidStriders Program Incentives

Iowa SIDS Foundation Ankeny Grief Related Books and Materials forSIDS Siblings

Kirkwood Kids Child Care Center Cedar Rapids Literacy Education

Link Associates Foundation Des Moines Vehicle with Raised Roof & Lifts

Lutheran Services of Iowa, Inc. Ames Minivan

Mentor Iowa Des Moines Mentor Iowa Group Events and Summerfest Event

Mercy Medical Center Des Moines Pediatric Surgical Equipment and Operating Room Suite

Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Newborn and Pediatric Equipment

Miracles in Motion Cedar Rapids Sensory Trail Station Project

Muscular Dystrophy Association Des Moines Camp Scholarships for Children with MDA

Oakridge Neighborhood Services Des Moines 15-Passenger Van Remodel of Computer Lab &Teen Center and Refrigerator

Opening Doors - Maria House Dubuque Playground and Outdoor Equipment

Opportunities Unlimited Sioux City Minivan

Orchard Place Des Moines Furnishings for Living Area at Jacobson HouseMinivan

Primary Health Care, Inc. Urbandale Pediatric Dental Exam Rooms & Equipment

Rock In Prevention, Inc. Des Moines Program Reinforcement Incentives

Safe Kids Linn County Cedar Rapids HIPPO Car Seats

Science Center of Iowa Des Moines Accessibility Fund to Provide Visits for At-Risk Youth

Shalom Zone Ministries Des Moines Children’s Backpacks with School and Health Care Supplies

Special Olympics Iowa Grimes Under 8 Stars of the Future Program

Springtides, Inc. Cedar Rapids Music Therapy Scholarships for At-Risk Youth

St. Luke’s Health Care Cedar Rapids Newborn and Pediatric Equipment

St. Mark Community Center Dubuque Safety and Security System for Center

U of I Center for Disabilities Iowa City Specialized Equipment for Children with Disabilities

Timber Creek Charities Guthrie Center Therapy and Camperships for Children with Autism

Visiting Nurse Foundation Des Moines 15-Passenger Van

VSA Arts of Iowa Des Moines Annual Governor’s Very Special Arts Festival

Watchful Eye Foundation Sioux City Equipment for At-Risk Youth Program

Waypoint Services Cedar Rapids Minivan

Wildwood Hills Ranch St. Charles Camp Scholarships for At-Risk Youth

YMCA of Greater Des Moines Des Moines Renovations to Grubb YMCA Gym

Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. Ames Minivan

Youth Homes of Mid-America Johnston Construction of New Residential Facilities

Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa Fort Dodge 15-Passenger Van

YWCA of the Quad Cities Rock Island Childcare Equipment and Materials

Variety - The Children’s Charity

Throughout the year, Variety volunteers work

tirelessly to raise money. The reward comes in

September when Variety empties its pockets, this

year it was in tune to almost $3 million dollars.

2007 Grant Recipients


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Young VarietyWELCOME TO THE YEAR OF YOUNG VARIETY! We are Young Variety. We are fun, passionate philanthropists ready to roll up our sleeves and help make a difference in our com-munity for at-risk and underprivileged children in Iowa! I would love to thank the passion and drive of our Young Variety board this year. It’s been an honor to lead this team;

Brooks Reynolds, Brigid Paul, Chris McGee, Aubrey Martinez, Joe Farley, Genevieve Smith, Mark Pederson, Amy Eaton, Bradie Weeter, Justin Washburn, Drew Ahrold, Kelly Richardson,Jen Olson, Andrew Lynner, Christine Crow, and John Tiffany. Young Variety works every day to raise money through our events, our annual membership drive and our Telethon VIP Panel.

Through our grant process, the whole board understands why we work so hard. We see everything come full circle by providing the funds for bricks and mortar campaigns chosen from our grantprocess. It’s a great feeling to know our hard work has such apositive impact on so many children! This past year, Young Variety donated more than $108,000 to the following charities:

Special OlympicsCapital Park Early Learning CenterAmerican Red CrossBoys & Girls ClubFaith, Hope, & CharityIowa KidstrongIowa SIDS Foundation

All year we’ve been energetically recruiting new members and spreading the Variety message through the following ways: Oktoberfest This awesome event brought more than 10,000 people during one weekend to the Hessen Haus in downtown Des Moines. Many YV volunteers poured beer all weekend, and a portion of the proceeds and all of the tips were generouslydonated to Young Variety. Cheers!

Capital Scare - First EVER Halloween Costume Bash at Capital Square. It was spooktacular to see all of the amazing costumes, and Schaffer’s Bridal and Boesen’s the Florist were a HUGE help!

November - Membership Drive - This was our 2nd annual membership drive to help raise money through our 600 person email base.

5th Annual Valentine Soiree Wear your heart on your sleeve for this elegant night of fun, live music, silent & live auction, food, drinks and dancing. Hosted this year by Wakonda Country Club, sponsored by Iowa Diamond and Juice! Considered our signature event, we had 250 people there and raised double what we raised last year! This year has been a great year, and I look forward to the next!I love the energy of Young Variety, and we are on a mission to raise more money than we have ever raised before!

WATCH OUT IOWA, HERE COMES YOUNG VARIETY! Keeley SmithPresident 2007 - 2008


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