Variety Telethon March 4 & 5

Tune in to Local 5 We are Iowa March 4 & 5 for the Variety Telethon. Donate today to support Iowa's Children.



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Volunteer for Variety

Check out our fun volunteer opportunities. Sign up to volunteer for Baconfest and Telethon.

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Spirits of Spring

Join us March 10 for Spirits of Spring!  Eastern Iowa's premier event featuring fine wines, beers, liquors, and hors d'oeuvres.

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Upcoming Events

43rd Annual Variety Telethon March 4 and 5


Description: Since 1975, Iowans have joined together to contribute their time, talent and hearts to...

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28th Annual Spirits of Spring presented by NextEra Energy Duane Arnold


Join us for Variety's 28th Annual Spirits of Spring presented by NextEra Energy Duane Arnold!...

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Savor Des Moines


Join Young Variety for an evening of food and beverage sampling from some of the metro's hottest...

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Join us for Variety Telethon March 4 and 5

Each year, a line-up of local, national and international personalities perform to support the children of Iowa.  Working alongside the Telethon cast, thousands of volunteers and Very Interested Persons (VIPs) take pledges over the phones and solicit donations from family and friends.


Telethon also provides Variety the opportunity to highlight the children and organizations that benefit from Variety’s support. In addition to cast performances, Variety hosts specialized bike presentations and interviews organizations that receive Variety grants.


The Variety Telethon is broadcast live from the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Ballroom. Tune in to ABC5 from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, or stop by to see the Telethon live. Guests can meet the cast, participate in children’s craft activities and watch the entertainment showcase.

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