Variety Telethon

While the 47th Annual Variety Telethon will not happen in the traditional sense, the show must go on! Variety and thousands of wonderful volunteers are still raising money for Iowa's children, culminating March 7.


Tune in to Local 5 and CW Iowa 23 during the week of March 1 to learn all about Variety's impact in the community and the entire state of Iowa, concluding with a one-hour special on Saturday, March 6 from 7 - 8 p.m. Additionally, Variety will be streaming a one-hour virtual show on Saturday, March 6 on the Variety website, highlighting its dedicated and generous donors, programming and impact. 


Since 1975, Iowans have joined together to contribute their time, talent and hearts to the annual Variety Telethon. It is the foundation Variety - the Children's Charity of Iowa was built upon and is the highlight of each year. Traditionally, a line-up of local and international celebrities appears on-air, along with thousands of individual and corporate volunteers and donors who pledge their ongoing time and support to Iowa’s children. The Telethon also highlights the many ways Variety helps children, and features organizations that benefit from local support.


Every dollar makes a difference, and with your support, we can continue helping children in Iowa reach their full potential. 

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Kids panel girl at Telethon smiling