Variety Telethon

Since 1975, Iowans have joined together to contribute their time, talent and hearts to the annual Variety Telethon, raising more than $119 million to date. 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.


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


Kids panel girl at Telethon smiling