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March 2, 2015

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80 Years 80 Stories

80 storiesSince 1935, Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin has been helping children reach their full potential and making sure that they experience all the joys that come with being a kid.

To celebrate our rich history, we would like to share 80 stories that have made Variety of Wisconsin the great organization it is today. Each story will spotlight people – including volunteers, donors and sponsors who have helped build our organization, and most importantly, stories about children that we have served. We will also spotlight significant milestones and achievements throughout our history.

Join us as we celebrate our 80th anniversary with our 80 Years 80 Stories series.

Catherine "Variety" Sheridan baby picture

Baby picture of Catherine “Variety” Sheridan

Story #1-The girl who inspired it all

On Christmas Eve 1928, John H. Harris, manager of the Sheridan Square Theatre in Pittsburgh, was shocked to discover a one-month-old baby girl abandoned on one of the theatre seats with a note pinned to her dress:

Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of show business and I pray to God you will look out for her. — A Heartbroken Mother

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Picture of the charter issued to Variety of Wisconsin on March 1st, 1935

Story #2-Variety Comes to Wisconsin

In 1935, a group of businessmen, most of them with ties to show business, formed a chapter of Variety in Milwaukee. On March 1, 1935, Tent 14 was issued a charter.

Today it is known as Variety- the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin, whose mission is to provide life-enriching assistance to Wisconsin children challenged by physical disabilities. The eleven original founding fathers were: Sam Shurman, Edward J. Weisfeldt, Alfred D. Kvool, Harold J. Fitzgerald, Arthur N. Schmitz, Charles W. Trampe, J. O. Kent, George Fischer, Ben Koenig, Edward F. Maertz, and A. C. Gutenberg.

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January 28, 2015

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Vote for Variety!

During this time of year, we show our loved ones just how much they mean to us. Eppstein Uhen Architects is taking that a little further and will donate over $4,000 to local charities with their Spread the Love campaign. Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin has been chosen to be one of the benefiting […]

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December 18, 2014

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Join us in our 2015 End-Of-Year Campaign!

We are excited to announce the launch of our annual campaign.  Our goal is to raise $50,000 and we need your help! Help us reach our goal so that we can meet the demand for equipment for children with physical disabilities. As of today, there are 20 Wisconsin kids with physical disabilities who are waiting for […]

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November 20, 2014

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Fox 6 Features Variety’s Adaptive Bike Program!

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin was in the spotlight on Fox 6’s Studio A on Monday, September 8th! The story highlighted Variety’s adaptive bike program and featured Variety kid Angelina, an eleven year old girl, who is diagnosed with dwarfism. Like many other Variety kids, the bike program has changed Angelina’s life. In […]

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November 17, 2014

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Meet Variety Spotlight Kid Amanda

Ten-year-old Amanda was born with significant leg, foot and hip deformities that required amputation of her left leg and a brace for her right leg. To date, she has endured more than 10 surgeries! Most would see Amanda’s challenges and dismiss her Olympic gold ambitions as childhood wishful dreaming. Not Variety. And, not YOU! Amanda […]

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November 16, 2014

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Unlimited movies for a year!

We are excited to offer for the first time a Cinema Passport for two to Marcus Theatres! The limited edition pass is available for $500. The Cinema Passport entitles the cardholder and a guest to unlimited movies at any Marcus Theatre from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015! Some restrictions apply. The Cinema Passport […]

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November 16, 2014

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Variety’s Important Work

Bike rides, beach days, trips to the park – these are all staples of childhood that children with disabilities want to experience. They want to be active and mobile like other children in their communities. But the durable medical equipment necessary to give these kids the independence they desire is often too expensive for many […]

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November 16, 2014

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#GivingTuesday

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of #GivingTuesday? #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, communities around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Be a part of this national movement […]

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November 16, 2014

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Gold Heart Pin Campaign

When the World Needs a Hero, It Calls…the Minions! Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have collaborated with Variety – the Children’s Charity to create limited-edition pins featuring Illumination’s beloved Minions for Variety’s 25th annual Gold Heart Pin Campaign. Proceeds will benefit Variety programs that serve children who are disabled and disadvantaged. The collector’s item will […]

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September 24, 2014

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Join the Club!

As part of our 80th Anniversary celebration, we announce the inaugural Founder’s Club! We invite you to join the Variety family and become a member of the Founder’s Club. Help us make sure that every child can actively participate in their community and experience all of the joys that come with being a kid. Celebrate […]

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