|Store Type |||Community Services, Groups/Associations|
|Cross Street |||11 Avenue SW and 14 Street SW|
Profile Last Updated: February 15, 2008
A children’s charity established in Calgary in 1982, Variety Club has taken in over $1 million from various fundraising events, with all the money remaining in Southern Alberta for the benefit of local children. The organizations benefiting from their efforts include the artificial limb bank of the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Change For Children and other helpful organizations.
Variety Club of Southern Alberta has developed numerous fun fundraising projects including International Gold Heart Day on February 14, fashion and celebrity shows and other high-profile events. Money raised has led to the purchase of Sunshine Coaches for groups dedicated to improving the lives of children, including those who are physically or mentally challenged, and those living with diseases or a history of abuse. Alberta Amputee Sports and Recreation Association, Society for the Treatment of Autism and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind are a few of the other groups Variety has helped.
The story of Variety Club dates back to 1927, when a group of close friends in Pittsburgh who worked in show business organized an after-work social club. Fate intervened when an abandoned baby was left on the seat in a theatre, and the theatre’s owner—a member of the Variety Club—rallied his fellow members to look after her welfare. Today, the organization has clubs in 14 different countries, all dedicated to looking after the interests of children, raising over $550 million.