Variety Takes Top Honors at International Conference

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa received the Variety Heart Award Thursday, May 4, at the 77th Variety International Conference awards gala in Atlanta, Georgia. The Heart award is the top honor given to chapters that exemplify excellence in improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children.


Variety was one of three finalists selected to present to the international delegation and a voting committee comprised of four internationals board members.


The Heart Awards are based on annual financials, program metrics and fundraising successes for the year. Metrics include:


  • All obligations to Variety International are up to date
  • The grants and programs carried out by the Office for children
  • Financial Results – including sound business practices with no outstanding tax or legal matters
  • Marketing and communication carried out by the Office
  • Being an active part of the Variety family.


Additionally, Variety received the International Care Award recognizing our grant program. In 2016, Variety provided more than two million dollars to 96 children’s organizations throughout the state of Iowa.


Atlantic Bottling Company, a longtime Variety supporter, was honored with the Corporate Award. Kolby Jones, Variety board member, was honored with the Presidential citation for his efforts chairing Variety’s Polo on the Green. During his tenure, Polo raised $352,236.


Variety of Iowa

Variety is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. Funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children in our community. For more information on how you can be a part of our work, please visit



Variety International

Variety of Iowa is part of Variety- the Children’s Charity International, a partnership of more than 45 Variety chapters, each helping local children and families in 14 countries around the world.  Together the Variety chapters positively impact more than 100,000 individual children through direct programs and many more through grants to children’s organization, each year. Learn more at





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