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Wednesday, April 12, 2023
As a first-time mother-to-be, Christy leaned on her sister when she experienced something during her pregnancy that seemed to be out of the ordinary. That is why she was the first call Christy... Read more
Thursday, March 30, 2023
When children who were sleeping on a couch, an air mattress, or the floor receive a bed, the impact is huge. The Iowa-Des Moines Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace's mission is... Read more
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa’s mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. By... Read more
Sunday, January 29, 2023
  Hy-Vee is partnering with Variety - the Children’s Charity to once again conduct a round up at the register campaign to raise funds to help children who are at-risk, underprivileged,... Read more
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa, along with author and Variety board member Jon Phillips, are proud to announce the publication of a new children’s book: Joni’s... Read more
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Two Days of Compassion is a two-day radiothon, December 13 and 14 on 92.5 KJJY that raises money for the Variety Compassion Fund. The Variety Compassion Fund benefits... Read more
Monday, October 31, 2022
Media Event: Variety – the Children’s Charity in partnership with Holmes Murphy and DCI will build bikes for children in need When: Tuesday, November 1st from... Read more
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Eight children from Eastern Iowa will receive their own specialized mobility piece designed to work with their special needs to help them gain strength and... Read more
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa has awarded 63 grants to children’s nonprofit organizations totaling more than $2.1 million. Funding is provided to programs and... Read more
Friday, August 12, 2022
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa and Young Variety to give away free backpacks and school supplies to King Elementary   Media Event: Riverview... Read more
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Senior MLB writer Ken Rosenthal sported a Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa bow tie while covering the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds during... Read more
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Fareway Round Up for Variety Raises more than $173,000 for Children in Need   Fareway Stores, Inc. partnered with Variety - the Children’s Charity to conduct the sixth annual Round Up at... Read more
Saturday, July 9, 2022
Stanley J. Reynolds was one of the Variety Iowa Telethon founders and was instrumental in all 48 Telethons. Stanley and his late wife, Jody who passed away June 3rd of... Read more
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
  Fareway Stores, Inc. is partnering with Variety - the Children’s Charity to conduct the sixth annual Round Up at the register from July 4 - 23 at all 130 store... Read more
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
PARKER: Wednesday, June 1st  3:00 PM at Altantic Bottling Company (3600 Army Post Road) - Parker is an 18-month old boy living with special needs who is unable to roll,... Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Variety – the Children’s Charity to host 26th Annual Polo on the Green at Powder River Ranch    Polo on the Green is back and better than ever as the... Read more
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Central College students and employees will be volunteering their time to build approximately 150 bikes for children in need at Findley Elementary.... Read more
Friday, April 1, 2022
Kiara has a condition that leads to muscle pain and extreme fatigue in response to physical activity (exercise intolerance). Due to Kiara’s condition, she has... Read more
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Over $150,000 has been awarded by Variety – the Children’s Charity to 18 children’s organizations in eastern Iowa. Funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly... Read more
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa has awarded 85 grants to children’s nonprofit organizations totaling more than $2.1 million. Funding is provided to programs and... Read more
Friday, September 10, 2021
Variety – the Children’s Charity partnered with Cummins Inc. to build 50 bikes for local children in eastern Iowa. The bikes were gifted to youth at Four Oaks in Cedar Rapids,... Read more
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Ames and Iowa City-area Hy-Vee stores are going head-to-head supporting Variety through the Busch Light Brat promotion. From Sept. 1-30, 10 cents from... Read more
Friday, August 13, 2021
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa was represented with a bow tie by Senior MLB Reporter Ken Rosenthal during the Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees game at the... Read more
Monday, August 2, 2021
Variety – the Children’s Charity partnered with Cummins Inc. to build 50 bikes for local children in eastern Iowa. The bikes were gifted to youth who are a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar... Read more
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Variety – the Children’s Charity raised over $200,000 during its 25th Annual Polo on the Green event thanks to the generosity of sponsors and guests in our... Read more
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Fareway Stores, Inc. is partnering with Variety - the Children’s Charity to conduct the fifth annual round up at the register from Monday, July 6 through Saturday, July 24 at... Read more
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Hy-Vee is supporting Variety – the Children’s Charity from July 1-31 during an in-store promotion. Customers can shop their local Hy-Vee for bakery products... Read more
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Polo on the Green is back and better than ever as Des Moines’ #CoolestPartyOfTheSummer. Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa will host its 25th Annual Polo on the Green... Read more
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Variety – the Children’s Charity has tabbed community leader Carissa Johnson to lead Variety’s eastern Iowa team. Johnson was previously executive director of Cedar Rapid’s Freedom... Read more
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa welcomes a new slate of officers to the Young Variety Board of Directors for 2021-2022. Young Variety is the young... Read more
Friday, April 16, 2021
Variety and Sylvan Learning of Iowa have partnered to expand educational resources and give back to children throughout the state. Now through May 9,... Read more
Monday, March 29, 2021
Young Variety, the young professionals’ arm of Variety – the Children’s Charity, has opened applications for the 2021-2022 Board of Directors term. Applications... Read more
Monday, March 1, 2021
Local 5 and CW Iowa 23 are highlighting Variety - the Children's Charity this week leading up to the Telethon on Saturday, March 6. Tune in to learn how Variety's dollars are at work in... Read more
Thursday, February 25, 2021
For the first time since 1975, Variety – the Children’s Charity is broadcasting its 47th Annual Telethon virtually. The Variety Telethon will air on Local 5 and CW Iowa 23 on Saturday, March 6... Read more
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Young Variety, the young professionals’ arm of Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa, announced that its signature Charity Date Night fundraising event is going virtual... Read more
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa was named the 2nd Most Influential Nonprofit in Greater Des Moines by the Des Moines Business Record’s 2021 Book of... Read more
Friday, December 4, 2020
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa will hold its annual Two Days of Compassion radiothon on 93.1-FM/1450-AM KMRY and KCRG-TV9, from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on December... Read more
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa will hold its annual Two Days of Compassion radiothon on 92.5 KJJY, from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on December 8-9. The radiothon raises... Read more
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Over $171,000 has been awarded by Variety – the Children’s Charity to 20 children’s organizations in eastern Iowa. In addition, Variety provided specialized mobility... Read more
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Over $1.9 million has been awarded by Variety – the Children’s Charity to 71 children’s organizations throughout the state of Iowa. In addition, Variety provided 62 specialized mobility... Read more
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Fareway Stores, Inc. has partnered with Variety – the Children’s Charity to conduct the fourth annual round up at the register Monday, July 6 through Saturday, July 25. All... Read more
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa announced its 24th annual Polo on the Green event, previously scheduled for Aug. 8, 2020 at Powder River Ranch, has been canceled. In lieu of... Read more
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The Principal Charity Classic and Variety – the Children’s Charity today announced a $35,000 grant to the Food Bank of Iowa. The funding will help to fulfill the heightened need for food assistance... Read more
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Neal, senior vice president of First Federal Credit Union as president of the... Read more
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa is pleased to announce the appointment of Lance Gardner, Senior Managing Director of Principal Midwest Business Center, as... Read more
Friday, April 17, 2020
Due to the expanding global outbreak of the respiratory illness, coronavirus COVID-19, Variety has announced new dates for multiple events in the year 2020.... Read more
Friday, March 20, 2020
Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa announced today that it will postpone Young Variety’s Savor Des Moines event scheduled for April 18 at Capital Square in Des... Read more
Monday, March 16, 2020
Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa announced today that it will postpone eastern Iowa's Spirits of Spring scheduled for April 2 at the Olympic South Side Theatre in... Read more
Monday, March 2, 2020
Variety – the Children’s Charity raised $4,084,646 to support and improve the lives of children who are underprivileged, at-risk, and living with children throughout Iowa.... Read more
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Variety – the Children’s Charity Raises Over $157,000 for Two Days of Compassion Supporting Families with Hospitalized Critically Ill Children DES MOINES, IA – (Jan. 23,... Read more
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Variety- the Children’s Charity of Eastern Iowa Announces Robyn Rieckhoff New Executive Director and Seven Board Members CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (October 29, 2019) - Variety - the... Read more
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Merchants Bonding Company Foundation’s 2020 Charity Golf Classic to Focus on The Vision to Learn Program Vision to Learn Program is Sponsored by Variety – the Children’s Charity and United Way of Central Iowa WEST DES MOINES (October 22, 2019) - Merchants Bonding Company Foundation’s, Bill Warner Sr. Memorial Charity Golf... Read more
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Variety – the Children’s Charity Awards Over $1.8M to Children’s Charities Throughout Iowa DES MOINES, IA – (Sept. 17, 2019) -- Variety - the Children’s Charity announced today that over $1.8M in grants were awarded to 59 Iowa children’s... Read more
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Variety – the Children’s Charity Awards Over $200,000 to Eastern Iowa Children’s Charities   CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – (Sept. 11, 2019) -- Variety - the Children’s Charity announced today that over $205,000 in grants were awarded to 20... Read more
Friday, July 19, 2019
United Way of Central Iowa and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa have formed an unprecedented partnership to provide quality vision care to... Read more
Monday, July 1, 2019
ChildServe Champions Named to Celebrate Millions Donated, Thousands of Lives Impacted ChildServe’s long-time donors Variety­ – the Children’s Charity and Peggy Fisher and Larry Stelter fuel unparalleled growth, help provide more options for families in... Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Variety - the Children’s Charity is granting $1,926,671 to 62 Iowa children’s charities this year. Today, 46 charities will receive their grants at the Fred Maytag II... Read more
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Variety – the Children’s Charity has raised $3,757,820 to support underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. The funds have been raised throughout the year... Read more
Monday, January 22, 2018
Variety- the Children’s Charity’s Black Tie gala, “New York, New York” kicked off 2018 by raising $145,000 to support Iowa children.     The gala was... Read more
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Monday, December 14, 2015
Dean Foods, Hy-Vee and Fareway have partnered with Variety to raise $10,000. On December 18th and 19th, go to your local Hy-Vee or Fareway store and... Read more