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Two Days of Compassion (Cedar Rapids)


Two Days of Compassion is a two-day event that raises funds for the Variety Compassion Fund. The...

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Two Days of Compassion (Des Moines)


Two Days of Compassion raises funds for the Variety Compassion Fund. The Variety Compassion Fund...

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Variety Telethon


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Latest News

Variety Takes Top Honors at International Conference


Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa received the Variety Heart Award Thursday, May 4, at the 77th Variety International Conference…

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Variety to Break Ground on Cedar Rapids All-Inclusive Playground


Variety – the Children’s Charity has completed a $475,000 campaign and is scheduled to break ground on the 9,600 square foot,…

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Variety to Build Second All-Inclusive Playground in Des Moines

Variety – the Children’s Charity is proud to announce it will begin work on its second all-inclusive Star Playground in Des Moines. Variety’s newest playground will be located at Riverview Park.


The Variety Star Playground at Riverview Park will be ramped for accessibility, have a poured in place rubber surface and will provide opportunities for children and adults of all abilities to interact together through play. The playground will include shade canopies, play structures to promote core strength, harnessed swings, a saucer swing that allows children to lay flat to experience sensation of swinging and other additional features.


Variety elected to build the Star Playground at Riverview Park because of the park’s centralized location and because it is currently the focus of a revitalization effort.  This larger project will transform the park with the addition of an entertainment stage and shelter. Variety hopes the Star Playground project will infuse additional excitement and energy into the park overhaul.


Upon completion, the playground will be gifted to the city of Des Moines. Des Moines Parks and Recreation department will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep.


Variety has secured its lead gift through a generous grant from the Polk County Board of Supervisors. Additional funding will be sought through grants, corporate donations and individual gifts.

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