A Variety Child Responds to Salesforce for Sponsoring a Bike Build.

January 19, 2016

Last fall, 50 employees from the Corporate Accounting Operations department at Salesforce joined us in the Variety Preview Room to sponsor a Bike Build. In less than an hour they put together 50 trick-or-treat baskets and built 16 bicycles.  The treats and bikes were later donated to two groups.  One of those was in a partnership with The Yuba-Sutter Association of Realtors who works with several elementary schools on an essay contest.  They chose to give the bikes to participants in the essay contest so the children would really understand the value of their prize.

This photo ‘Thank You’ arrived this morning and we couldn’t be more proud of this Variety kiddo!

This little guy’s message brought us to tears, he says; ‘thank you for the bike, I never had a bike.

We’d like to send a big thank you to Salesforce and to The Yuba-Sutter Association of Realtors & Laurie Trotti for being our partners in helping Variety children get the chance to be a kid.

With your help #VarietyKidsCan

*If you’d like to sponsor a Bike Build or would like more information on how you can help, contact Ayesha Williamson, Executive Director at ayesha@varietync.org

Salesforce employees building 'My First Bikes' for kids in Yuba City.

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STAR WARS: Episode VII The Force Awakens benefit for Variety of Northern California

December 19, 2015

A Special Benefit for Variety kids
STAR WARS: Episode VII

Episode 7

Join us for a special screening on Saturday December 19th at 4pm, at IMAX The TECH Museum of Innovation in San Jose.

Tickets available HERE

 

For over 65 years Variety Children’s Charity has met our mission of providing medical equipment, rehabilitation services, housing assistance, community aid, and more, to tens of thousands of the Bay Area’s children and families most in need.
Seating is Limited

For more information, please call Variety at (415) 781-3894 or email us at info@varietync.org

Join as a member at:  www.varietync.org/give

Your support helps fund programs including the purchase of pediatric wheelchairs, adaptive bikes, and mobility programs for disabled children in our community – and much more!

Event proudly sponsored by:

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Variety family featured on PG&E Currents

December 8, 2015

San Francisco: Longtime Charity Dedicated to Helping Children Wins $10,000 PG&E Grant

By David Kligman

SAN FRANCISCO — Riding a bicycle represents independence for children. But for the parents of 7-year-old Chandler Christen and other children with disabilities, just finding a bike can be an ordeal.

Chandler, who was born with a form of cerebral palsy and suffers occasional seizures, requires a customized bike with a larger seat and pedals to keep him secure and a handle and brake so his parents can steer him. These bicycles cost several thousand dollars.

Chandler Christen rides his new bike, courtesy of Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California. (Photo courtesy of Josh Christen.) 

Earlier this year, the boy was surprised with a new three-wheeled bike designed just for him. His father, Josh Christen, remembers when it was delivered while his son was home sick with the flu.

“He’s half asleep and he sees his bike and says, ‘Wow, what’s that? Bicycle?’ recalled Christen, who lives in Woodland in Yolo County. “Before we even had a chance to look at it he was trying to climb up on the thing. He had the flu but he hopped on that thing and it was like he hadn’t been sick at all. He was just thrilled. We were all just floored.”

A San Francisco-based organization, Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California, arranged for the bicycle and paid for most of it.

Last week, the longtime organization was honored with 7×7 magazine’s favorite San Francisco charity contest. For the past five years, PG&E has sponsored the contest whose winners are chosen by online votes from 7×7 readers.

Ayesha Williamson, Variety’s executive director, described the ceremony as a little like a beauty pageant. Runner-ups were announced and then there were only two left. When the first runner-up wasn’t Variety, she realized her group had won.

PG&E’s Rob Black, left, presents a $10,000 check to the staff and board members of Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California. 

“We couldn’t believe it,” said Williamson, one of two employees who work for the charity. “My board has this look of sheer and utter joy like we had just won the Little League World Series. But there was a little bit of guilt knowing there were all these really incredible organizations that didn’t win it. It was a wonderful feeling and there were mixed feelings but we were certainly honored.”

PG&E awarded Variety a $10,000 grant and $2,000 each to the six runner-up organizations.

“This is a way for PG&E to recognize those organizations that do so much for our local communities,” said Rob Black, the utility’s senior director of Community Relations.

Williamson described her organization’s beginnings in 1928 Pittsburgh after a newborn girl was abandoned in a movie theater. Pinned to her was a note from a woman who hoped that a good home could be found for her daughter. A group of show business professionals found a foster home for her and pitched in to raise her.

“They wanted her to grow up as a normal child and feel loved and never forgotten,” said Williamson, who said the girl eventually learned of her story as an older woman.

Variety established its Northern California chapter in 1947. Through it all, its mission is to step in to help when insurance agencies or others can’t or won’t.

An online vote determined the winner of 7×7′s annual contest to name San Francisco’s favorite charity. 

For nearly 70 years, Variety has provided access to medical care, rehabilitation, housing assistance and community aid to tens of thousands of Northern California’s most needy children.

There are many examples of what the organization does — providing gas cards for a family traveling to the hospital while their child receives cancer treatments; paying for back-to-school supplies for a family that can’t afford it; and in Chandler’s case, funding his first bike.

“That chance to be a kid is very important to our organization,” she said.

Christen, Chandler’s father, said he’s grateful for all that Variety and Williamson have done for his son.

“I can’t say enough about that organization,” he said. “We feel like we’re a part of their family. You can never have enough people rooting for you when times get a little tough and things aren’t going your way.”

Email David Kligman at David.Kligman@pge.com.

 

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Variety WINS San Francisco’s Favorite Charity contest!

December 3, 2015

We WON!
Last night the 7 finalist charities were invited to a party in San Francisco by 7×7 Magazine and PG&E
where it was announced that
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Northern California
was voted San Francisco’s Favorite Charity!
President Ian McPherson with Rob Black, PG&E Senior Director Community Relations
We are incredibly honored to have this title and we are thrilled to have the gift of $10,000 from PG&E for Variety kids!
We wish to thank all our amazing voters of; our corporate supporters, partner organizations, vendors, Variety peers all over the world, grantee families and all of your extended networks!  You are all truly our friends & family!

Special thank you to:
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Northern California
Variety of Northern Claifornia’s mission is to aid disabled, at risk and disadvantaged children, and their families, throughout San Francisco, the greater Bay Area and Northern California.
In our pursuit to help children most in need, Variety of Northern California has provided millions of dollars of medical equipment, rehabilitation services, housing assistance, community development aid, and more, to tens of thousands of children however, we can’t do it without you!
Variety’s legacy of leadership in San Francisco Bay Area community spans more than 68 years.  Learn more and become a part of our workhelping kids at www.varietync.org

 

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Variety is a finalist for 7×7 Charity of the Year!

November 16, 2015

Variety has been nominated as a finalist in 7×7′s Annual San Francisco’s Favorite Charities Contest!

Voting time is here and we need your help!

Click HERE to VOTE NOW

Instructions:
1) Scroll to the bottom of the page
2) Select Variety Children’s Charity
3) Enter your email address
4) SUBMIT

 

 

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Special HALLOWEEN movie night

October 31, 2015

Join us in celebrating Halloween with one of the best holiday movies of all time:
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

Event open to adults and children of all ages (well, probably 7+).

There will be Popcorn, Soda, and Candy available ($1 each).

Don’t miss trivia, raffle and prizes.

Come in Costume!

Doors open at 6pm.

Movie at 7pm.

Only $3 (plus Eventbrite fees).

RSVP HERE

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Get your tickets to TAKE A SEAT today!

October 8, 2015

Variety and IFDA Northern California (International Furnishings and Design Association) invites you to their annual “Take A Seat” gala and auctions to benefit Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California.

Hosted at the wonderful B&B Italia showroom for an evening of extraordinary talent, savory hor d’oeuvres, refreshing cocktails/refreshments, and a live charity auction.

Mingle with Bay Area’s top designers as their original, one-of-a-kind “chair” creations are auctioned off for Charity.

Get Your Tickets HERE

Variety Members enjoy a special discount with the code “GOLDHEART”

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Members Screening of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION

September 16, 2015

Join us for a special members screening of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION

With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat — called the Syndicate — soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks.

RSVP HERE

Movie Nights & Special Screenings are just one of the many benefits provided through our Membership Program, which provides vital funding and ensures our ability to continue as one of the Bay Area’s most trusted charitable organizations serving children and families in need.

Members enjoy priority seating, complimentary drinks and special gifts.

Join as a member or  Monthly Donor

 

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Volunteers needed to help collect donations at SF PRIDE

June 27 & 28, 2015

Variety is seeking volunteers!

We invite you to come have fun and help support Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California as a Donation Volunteer at SF Pride.

This is the 2nd year Variety NorCal is participating as a Donation Partner and we must provide a minimum of 10 volunteers on Saturday 6/27 and 10 volunteers on Sunday  6/28 to collect donations at the gates or along the parade route during the parade on Sunday.

In exchange for our participation, Variety will receive a grant equal to a percentage of what we collect for SF Pride as well as for the hours we volunteer, the more money we collect in donations, the bigger the grant they give us to impact kids & their families in Northern California!  The more volunteers we have, the bigger donation haul we’ll collect!

On Saturday June 27th & Sunday June 28, 2015 we will need volunteers to:

1. Collect donations (as a team) at an assigned entrance to the Pride celebration in San Francisco Civic Center.
2. Be able to stand for at least 3 hours.
3. Wear a provided Variety Volunteer t-shirt.

Sign up HERE

About SF Pride 2015

Take a Stand for Pride  – Donate $5 at the Gates

Gate donations support more than 40+ local nonprofits including Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California!

2015 marks the 45th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The event will be held over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2015. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation.

The two-day celebration takes place in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco the last full weekend of June each year. The Parade, which takes place the Sunday morning of the event, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th St. in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

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Variety Members Screening of The Warriors NBA Playoffs

June 9, 2015

Join us for Game 3 of the NBA Finals to cheer on our Warriors!

Join us to cheer on the Warriors at our next Members & Friends Screening FUNDRAISER

For over 65 years Variety Children’s Charity has met our mission of providing medical equipment, rehabilitation services, housing assistance, community aid, and more, to tens of thousands of the Bay Area’s children and families most in need.

Movie Nights & Special Screening are just one of the many benefits provided through our Membership Program, which provides vital funding and ensures our ability to continue as one of the Bay Area’s most trusted charitable organizations
serving children and families in need.
Members enjoy priority seating, complimentary drinks and special gifts.

If you aren’t a current member, please join or

Click to Join or Renew as a MEMBER or  Monthly Donor

Not Rated / est. 3Hr5:30PM - Join us for HAPPY HOUR!

Enjoy Wine, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Soda, Popcorn, and Candy!

6:00PM - Game starts

$10 – $20 Suggested donation at the door

Cash bar & tips all benefit Variety

Your financial support ensures that we can continue to helping more children and to bring you films throughout the year!

RSVP HERE

Seating is Limited

Variety members and their guest receive priority seating

Tickets will not guarantee seating.

 

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Variety delivers 11 custom bikes to Sacremento area children

May 29, 2015

- The following was taken from the FOX 40 News broadcast on May 29, 2015.  Click here to view the video -

SACRAMENTO-

Meet Miracle Joy Surgeon, a sweet 6-year-old girl who is living up to her name.

“Miracle was born at 23 weeks, 1 pound  12 ounces.  She spent her first 129 days in intensive care. She came out she had hydrocephalus, she had a level 4 brain hemorrhage at birth,” grandmother Bonnie Surgeon said about Miracle’s early life.

Her grandmother has cared for her ever since, helping her get through the tough times.

Just over a year ago, Miracle Joy started having seizures. One episode lasted for six hours, it was too much for her little body and she fell into a coma.

It was so bad, doctors thought she would never celebrate her 6th birthday.

“She came out of the coma, two and half days later we found out that she had lost complete eyesight. She had cortical visual impairment.” Surgeon said.

But Miracle’s eyesight is starting to come back.

“Miracle never let that hold her back, she’s never let any of her disabilities hold her back.” said Surgeon.

She now reads on her own, writes on her own. But there’s still one thing she struggles with.

“To get her a bike that she could ride, has been like an impossibility because of the weight.” said Surgeon.

But on this day, Miracle Joy will get her chance.

Thanks to Variety The Children’s Charity, Miracle and 11 other kids with disabilities have their own customized bikes.

For Miracle, this bike is a true blessing.

To learn more about Variety The Children’s Charity of Northern California and how you can help sponsor other kids like Miracle. You can visit their website here.

 

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Congrats to Rebecca N. for fundraising $1,175 for Variety kids!!!

May 20, 2015

Palo Alto, CA – Variety asks all of our supporters to help us in congratulating Rebecca N. of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School for her amazing work in fundraising $1,175!

Rebecca’s fundraising was part of her 7th grade class project.  Variety’s Executive Director, Ayesha Williamson, was fortunate to be able to attend the presentations and was honored to be presented with the highly successful fundraising effort.

Congratulations to Rebecca!  She is an example for us all!  Her fundraising effort will go directly to helping deliver life-changing medical and support equipment to a local family in need.

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Oakland A’s Sean Doolittle and Batman help Variety Children’s Charity give bike to recovering boy

May 16, 2015

With the help of Sean Doolittle of the Oakland A’s, Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California, and Batman, a little boy named Andrew was able to receive a bike to help with his therapy.

According to Ayesha Williamson, Executive Director of Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California, Andrew has Spina Bifida and had surgery on his spinal cord last Monday.Variety Children’s Charity is a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering services to children.

 

 

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Variety runs the 18th hole at Cadillac Match Play

April 27, 2015

Beginning Monday April 27th – Sunday May 3rd, Variety is running the 18th hole concessions at the Cadillac Match Play at Harding Park.

This exciting opportunity will not only be a community outreach effort but will also help raise funds for Variety programs as we collect tips and 8% of all sales made at the 18th hole!

Volunteers are still needed.  Learn more and sign up here.

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Variety featured on KRON 4 News!

April 24, 2015

Variety was featured on KRON 4 News as we delivered a van to help grandmother Maxine and her family care for grandson Marquis.

See the KRON 4 Coverage here

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Variety welcomes Tim Schafbuch to our Board of Directors!

April 21, 2015

We are pleased to welcome Tim Schafbuch of Dolby to our Board of Directors. He joins our other 12 Directors in their passion for our mission to help children throughout all of Northern California.

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Join us for our 2nd annual guest bartending event at TONIC

April 17, 2015

Join us for our 2nd annual guest bartending event at Tonic on Russian Hill at 2360 Polk Street in San Francisco from 6-9 PM. Bring your friends and get fabulous drinks poured by your Variety Board officers and members – and for those three hours Variety earns all the tip money you are so generously going to donate to Variety kids!

 

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Variety Sponsors the 10th Annual Beeper Egg Hunt

April 4, 2015

Variety sponsored the 10th Annual Beeper Egg Hunt, an event run by the Blind Babies Foundation, a leader in the field of sight impaired children and an organization that was founded out of our own NorCal Variety program many years ago!

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Members & Friends Movie Screening FUNDRAISER of “Dior & I”

April 17th, 2015

We are pleased to invite you to our next Members & Friends Movie Screening FUNDRAISER

Not Rated   1Hr 30Min

In 2012, legendary French fashion house Christian Dior Couture announced the appointment of designer Raf Simons as its head Creative Director. DIOR AND I takes a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the high stakes, high tension makings of Simons’ debut haute couture collection and how it returned to the origins of the house of Dior. The film also takes an intimate, cinema vérité-style glimpse at the inner workings of the Dior atelier, capturing the entire eight-week process up until the premiere of Simons’ collection. This includes the little-seen atelier workers-the heart and soul of the fashion industry-some of whom have sewed for Dior for decades and do so with an unbridled passion. Together, they form a support system for Simons and help to create his masterpiece collection, with every line they sketch and bead they sew. A whirlwind of creativity, stress, determination and triumph,DIOR AND I marks the third fashion film for writer/director Frédéric Tcheng, who previously co-wrote and co-directed Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and co-produced Valentino: The Last Emperor.   DIOR AND I  had its World Premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Opening April 24th at the Landmark Opera Plaza Theatre

5:30PM - Join us for HAPPY HOUR!

Enjoy Wine, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Soda, Popcorn, and Candy!

6:15PM - Film starts

$10 – $20 Suggested donation at the door

Cash bar & tips all benefit Variety

Your financial support ensures that we can continue to helping more children and to bring you films throughout the year!

 

RSVP HERE

 

Seating is Limited

Variety members and their guest receive priority seating

Tickets will not guarantee seating.

 

 

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Variety Hosts Booker T. Washington Community Center Children

April 3, 2015

San Francisco, CA

Variety had the pleasure of hosting the the children from our long time partner agency, Booker T. Washington Community Center for a movie at our Variety Preview Room.

The children ages 6-10 were enjoyed a screening of Big Hero 6, enjoyed snacks and took group photos in front of our very own Kung Fu Panda.

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Members Pre-Release Screening of KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER

March 30, 2015

Members & Friends Movie Screening

For over 65 years Variety Children’s Charity has met our mission of providing medical equipment, rehabilitation services, housing assistance, community aid, and more, to tens of thousands of the Bay Area’s children and families most in need.

Movie Nights are just one of the many benefits provided through our Membership Program, which provides vital funding and ensures our ability to continue as one of the Bay Area’s most trusted charitable organizations serving children and families in need.

Members enjoy priority seating, complimentary drinks and special gifts.

Join as a Member or  Monthly Donor

Please join us Monday, March 30th for

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER

Not Rated  / 1hr 45min

Populated by eccentrics, this darkly comedic odyssey stars Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of Fargo, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota.  She embroiders a map to the treasure and, believing it to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it—and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies. With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible. Elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project.  (Partially subtitled)

Opening April 3rd at the Landmark Opera Plaza Theatre

 

6:00PM – Join us for HAPPY HOUR!
Enjoy Wine, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Soda, Popcorn, and Candy!

 

7:00PM – Film starts


$20 Suggested donation at the door,  cash bar & tips all benefit Variety

Your financial support ensures that we can continue to helping more children and to bring you films throughout the year!

Seating is Limited

Variety members and their guest receive priority seating

Tickets will not guarantee seating after 6:45pm.

For more information, please call Variety at (415) 781-3894
or email us at info@varietync.org

Join as a member at:  www.varietync.org

Your support helps fund programs including the purchase of pediatric wheelchairs, adaptive bikes, and mobility programs for disabled children in our community – and much more!

 

 

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Variety Open House — Board Member Meet & Greet

March 11, 2015

Come Meet & greet with our Board of Directors during this casual happy hour and open house to learn more about Variety and what it means to be a board member.

5:30-6:30pm at the Variety Preview Room

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/variety-board-meet-greet-tickets-16028516725

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Academy Awards Cocktail Viewing Party tickets now available

February 22, 2015

Suit Up! Get ready to enjoy the Academy Awards in style at the private Variety Theater off Market.  Walk the red carpet with cameras flashing and watch the Oscars on the big screen.  Think you know your films? Guess winners for each category throughout the evening for a chance to win.

Tickets are on sale HERE now!

Guests will enjoy champagne to toast & for those lucky few who purchase Presenter or Red Carpet Club tickets, they’ll take home a little bubbly in your Swag Bag.

 

*Cocktail attire encouraged.

**Limited space.

***This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

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See us in action granting adaptive bikes on Good Day Live!

February 11, 2015

We were early risers this morning with our friends at CBS13 and CW31 Good Day Sacramento & Mark Allen as we granted 3 bikes to Kira, Emma, Fili and their families!

Along with Al from Freedom Concepts, Aurora from Orchard MTU and David Tate our Variety NorCal Board Member, we then visited with 12 other families and the local MTU in need of our help!

Variety featured on Good Day Live

 

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Variety receives $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo

February 6, 2015

Just received out $5000 check from the wonderful folks at Wells Fargo

Just received out $5000 check from the wonderful folks at Wells Fargo! Looking forward to putting this to great work helping deserving families!

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Catch the Best of SF Stand-up every Friday at Variety!

January 9, 2015

We are excited to announce the Best of SF Stand-Up Comedy officially now calls Variety home!

Catch this amazing show, featuring a rotating troupe of Comics from HBO, NBC, and Comedy Central and SF locals, every Friday night at the Variety Preview Room!

Tickets are $15 and make for an incredible night!  Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/button2/559273

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2014 Recap

December 31, 2014

At the core of Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California is a desire and dedication to inspiring hope, enriching lives and building better futures for the children in our greater region.  From the Oregon state line to Bakersfield, We (“We” means you too!) at Variety NorCal know there are a lot of children who need our assistance.  All this year we’ve asked you to join us in new endeavors to do more for these kids. 

Together, We donated 10 custom adaptive bicycles enabling children to not only address therapeutic needs but to provide the social need to just be a kid and have fun too.  We also granted 30 bicycles and helmets to children in Napa & Sonoma counties who would otherwise not be able to afford a “First Bike”.  We’ve funded camp scholarships, van lifts, van payments, ramps, gate-trainers, wheelchairs, adaptive strollers, ‘trykes’ and retro-fit items to make children safer and happier.  We also took care of some necessities; We answered a Compassion Care request for a family who, while ‘living’ at the hospital with their admitted child, were worried about losing their apartment, so We stepped in and helped them with their rent and a few bills to ease their worry.  We also answered a plea from a Principal when her school in San Leandro was robbed twice during the summer and she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to open the doors of her school in time without the necessary supplies to teach.  And, We even launched a new program at this year’s Abilities Expo Bay Area with the Variety Childcare Pavilion, a free drop-in childcare station allowing parents and caregivers the opportunity to take in the full resources and workshops of the expo while their children played with trained volunteers in a safe environment.

But We didn’t stop there, we partnered with companies and individuals to make some magic happen; a few of those are:  the WWE, Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors, 49ers, Wal-Mart, Salesforce, Wells Fargo, TRUSTe, John N. Hansen Company, Genentech and Gregg Lynn who hosts an annual Toy Drive so that We can make the holidays a little brighter for greater Bay Area children – this year we collected more than 2,300 Christmas gifts along with cash donations too!

We also welcomed four new Board members, upgraded the lounge space of the Variety Preview Room and logged thousands of volunteer hours from our friends like YOU.  This year you made it happen, by helping us help the children, who need Us.  On behalf of the children we help and the smilesWe make…Thank YOU!
2014 was a memorable one for our organization and for me too.  I joined an amazing group of individuals, corporations, organizations and you in wanting to do more for the children that Variety serves and will serve.
With 2015 only hours away, I know it promises to be another challenging year, one that will pull at our heart-strings and ask us to do even more.  As we do every year, we intend to deepen our impact on the lives of the children of Northern California while exploring more opportunities that inspire, enrich and better their futures.
We encourage you to make a gift to Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California and to share this request with friends & family who will join you, as we make 2015 a year of Us! Together, we will continue to ensure that children will have the opportunity to be a kid.  
Happy New Year,

Ayesha Williamson

Executive Director

 

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Peyton gets a bike!

December 21, 2014

San Francisco, CA -

We’d like to thank our Variety Northern California donors who made Peyton’s ‘Freedom Concepts’ custom bike possible, we had a lovely party yesterday to give it to her and the echoing of her giggles will stay with us forever.

Peyton and her family

Executive Director Ayesha Williamson and Peyton

Board Member John Goldie and Peyton enjoying the new bike!

 

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Variety hosts the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards

December 14, 2014

San Francisco, CA -

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle held their annual awards event at the Variety Club’s Preview Room.  The group of 35 Bay Area film critics discussed the merits of the year’s films and performances.

For more information visit: http://sffcc.org/

SFFCC members

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Variety collects record haul at 10th annual Toys for Tots

December 7, 2014

San Francisco, CA —  Variety collected over 2,300 toys this year as the beneficiary of the 10th annual  Toys for Tots event hosted by Gregg Lynn.  This year’s event, which was hosted at the luxurious St. Regis Ballroom set the record for most toys collected and has helped us deliver even more for our community partners serving local disadvantaged children.

Volunteers spent the entire next day sorting toys into relevant age groups so that we could then bag them up for every child on our list!

 

Spread the cheer! Make your donation via text now!The toy stacking in progress.

Variety volunteer dancing and taking pictures with guests

Toy sorting in progress

 

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Genentech employees give big for Variety NorCal Kids!

December 2, 2014

South San Francisco, CA -

Genentech employees stepped up to help Variety raise over $2,000 toward the purchase of an adaptive bike for Julian, a boy and his family waiting for help.

The generosity shown by the Genentech team is only the beginning and we’ll be heading back to campus to deliver the bike to Julian soon!

Genentech employees posing in their reindeer best!

 

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Variety NorCal launches the Childcare Pavilion!

Nov 21 – Nov 23, 2014

San Jose, CA -

Variety launched the first ever Child Care Pavilion at the Abilities Expo!  The Abilities Expo is a trusted and hugely important resource for families seeking to expand and enable their lives and those of their loved ones with disabilities.

Adding the Child Care Pavilion was an incredible benefit to parents who need their time at the expo to be focused on collecting information, attending workshops, educating themselves on the best resources, and testing out and signing up for new products and therapies.  The Child Care Pavilion was provided free to all parents and gave children a safe and fun play.


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Variety Partners with Gifts.com

November 13, 2014

Variety is pleased to announce our newest partnership with Gifts.com!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a purchase of $100 or more and help make a difference in the lives of children in need!


Lucasfilm Ltd., Gifts.com, and Variety — the Children’s Charity are using the force to make a real difference for children. When you spend $100 or more on Gifts.com, you’ll receive a limited edition Star Wars pin, and a donation of $3 will be made to Variety. The proceeds will help children in need receive life-changing mobility and communication equipment, life-saving medical equipment, and life-enriching experiences. There is no better gift to give children of the world who are disabled or seriously ill than recovery, independence, self-esteem, ability, and equality.

About Gifts.com

For anyone that is searching for that special gift, Gifts.com is your one-stop resource for all your gifting needs. Gifts have curated the very best gifts from all over the web and provide great ideas, practical advice and easy-to-use tools that help you find the perfect gift, every time.

About Variety – the Children’s Charity

All children are special, however, Variety — the Children’s Charity exists to connect people to those children who are less fortunate, children who live and grow up with a serious illness, disadvantage or disability. These are extra special children, children who require a special kind of help.

That help is you and Variety — the Children’s Charity.

We believe every child deserves a limitless future and through grants of crucial life saving and life enhancing equipment, services and experiences, Variety and its donors deliver a better future to these children and their families.

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Variety welcomes new board members!

November 6, 2014

We are pleased to announce the newest Board members to Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California. In April we welcomed Lisa Giachetti, in September David Tate and at last week’s Board meeting we made it official for John Goldie & Noel Hansen.

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Variety Executive Director Ayesha Williamson featured on KRON 4 News

August 20, 2014

San Francisco, CA – Variety Children’s Charity Executive Director, Ayesha Williamson, was featured on the KRON 4 News shopping at Wal-Mart as she worked to quickly replace stolen school supplies in time for the 1st day of school at Colonial Acres Elementary School in Hayward.

The School which serves 750 K-5th grade students was robbed TWICE in the past weeks leaving classrooms without even the most essential supplies of paper notebooks, pencils, scissors, or dry erase markers, and left the afterschool program without sporting equipment or utensils in their healthy eating kitchen class.

Variety, with the support of our donors and community partners including the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A’s, and Wal-Mart, was able to ensure that the beginning of the school year did not have to be postponed and that classes could start on schedule.

See the coverage by KRON 4 here:

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School robbed… TWICE – help us with this urgent need

August 19, 2014

Your Variety, your community.
 

My dear Variety NorCal friends & family, as we prepare for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, many families in our greater community are sending their children back to school.  Providing school supplies is an important yearly program Variety has performed since 1998.
Ensuring that our youth have the proper tools when they show up to learn is an ongoing effort that we accept donations to this fund year-round.  I applaud all of you who have joined and supported Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California in its efforts to enrich the lives of the children in our community.
Today, we need to fill an urgent need and I am asking for your help.
We are responding to the request for help from a Hayward area elementary school with 700 students serving grades K-5.  Located in the un-incorporated San Lorenzo School District it was robbed twice in the last few weeks.  The first time the thieves robbed the equipment from the gym.  The second time the thieves stole classroom supplies as well as equipment from an on-campus Boys & Girls Club that provides after school programs.
Together with your help and some community partners we are going to replenish the supplies before the first day of school on Monday August 25th.
We need your gift of support to help ushelp those in our greater community. Because every child deserves the chance to learn and be a kid, I ask you to make a donation today!
I’d like to hear from you, please feel free to call or email me.
Regards,
Ayesha Williamson, Executive Director
Email: ayesha@varietync.org | Cell: 415.710.4412 Can’t wait for those next messages?  Click on the images for more info

 

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FUNDRAISER and Members Screening of The Hundred Foot Journey

August 14, 2014
Join us Thursday the 14th for a Members Screening of The Hundred Foot Journey with complimentary appetizers provided by Kasa Indian Eatery

For over 65 years Variety Children’s Charity has met our mission of providing medical equipment, rehabilitation services, housing assistance, community aid, and more, to tens of thousands of the Bay Area’s children and families most in need.

Movie Nights are just one of the many benefits provided through our Membership Program, which provides vital funding and ensures our ability to continue as
one of the Bay Area’s most trusted charitable organizations
serving children and families in need.

Members enjoy priority seating, complimentary drinks and special gifts.

If you aren’t a current member, please join or

Renew as a   MEMBER or   Monthly Donor


The 100 Foot Journey

Rated PG    2 Hours 35 Minutes

Film donation and support for Variety provided by Disney

Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa, move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery. However upon encountering the icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Outraged by the new arrivals, Madame Mallory is determined to have their business shut down. As cultures clash and food flies, an all-out war escalates between the two establishments — until, that is, Hassan’s passion and talent for French cuisine begin to enchant Madame Mallory and even she can’t deny this young chef could have what it takes to garner even more acclaim for her beloved restaurant. This, along with his new-found friendship with her beautiful sous chef Marguerite, starts to weave a magic between the two cultures and, despite their different tastes, they discover an unlikely recipe for success that surprises them all.

6:00PM - Join us for HAPPY HOUR!

Enjoy Wine, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Soda, Popcorn, and Candy!

with special appetizers donated by

celebrating their new location at 1356 Polk @ Pine

7:00PM - Film starts

$10 – $20 Suggested donation at the door. Cash bar & tips all benefit Variety

Your financial support ensures that we can continue to helping more children and to bring you films throughout the year!

RSVP HERE

Seating is Limited.  Variety members and their guest receive priority seating

For more information, please call Variety at (415) 781-3894 or email us at info@varietync.org

 

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FUNDRAISER and Pre-Release Members screening of A FIVE STAR LIFE

August 6th, 2014

Join us for a Pre-Release Members screening of A FIVE STAR LIFE


For over 65 years Variety Children’s Charity has met our mission of providing medical equipment, rehabilitation services, housing assistance, community aid, and more, to tens of thousands of the Bay Area’s children and families most in need.

Movie Nights are just one of the many benefits provided through our Membership Program, which provides vital funding and ensures our ability to continue as
one of the Bay Area’s most trusted charitable organizations
serving children and families in need.
Members enjoy priority seating, complimentary drinks and special gifts.

If you aren’t a current member, please join or

Renew as a MEMBER or Monthly Donor

Please join us Wednesday, August 6th for

A FIVE STAR LIFE

Opening Friday August 8th at Landmark Theatres Opera Plaza and Shattuck Cinemas locations

Not Rated    85 minutes

Film donation and support for Variety provided by Landmark Theatres

A FIVE STAR LIFE is the sophisticated and delightful story of one woman’s quest for romantic and professional fulfillment set against some of the most stunning cities and luxurious hotels in the world. Stylish and independent, Irene (Margherita Buy) is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for.  As the “surprise guest,” she arrives incognito at the world’s finest hotels to assess their standards, meticulously judging every detail from the concierge’s manners to the temperature of the food to the quality of the bedsheets.  Her elegant, unattached lifestyle affords her the freedom to jet around the globe at a moment’s notice to experience a world of luxury, but doesn’t leave her with much of a personal life.  On the rare occasions she’s not working, Irene’s world revolves around her absent-minded sister Silvia (Fabrizia Sacchi), two lively young nieces, and best friend–and former lover–Andrea (Stefano Accorsi).

But when Silvia begins to deal with marital problems and Andrea faces an unexpected life change, Irene’s small support network is fractured and she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for companionship.  After a chance meeting shakes up her worldview even more, she’s compelled to reexamine her choices and charts her own path to happiness despite the expectations of others. Directed and co-written by Maria Sole Tognazzi.

  • Winner! David di Donatello Awards 2013 – Best Actress, Margherita Buy
  • David di Donatello Awards 2013 Nominees – Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Stefano Accorsi),  Best Supporting Actress (Fabrizia Sacchi)
  • Winner! Italian National Syndicate of Fim Journalists 2013 – Best Comedy
  • Italian National Syndicate of Fim Journalists 2013 Nominees – Best Actress (Margherita Buy),  Best Supporting Actress (Fabrizia Sacchi), Best Editing, Best Original Story, Best Producer

6:00PM - Join us for HAPPY HOUR!

Enjoy Wine, Beer, Mixed Drinks, Soda, Popcorn, and Candy!

 

7:00PM - Film starts


$10 – $20 Suggested donation at the door

Cash bar & tips all benefit Variety

 

Your financial support ensures that we can continue to helping more children and to bring you films throughout the year!

RSVP HERE

Seating is Limited

Variety members and their guest receive priority seating

Tickets will not guarantee seating.

For more information, please call Variety at (415) 781-3894 or email us at info@varietync.org


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FUNDRAISER and Members Screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 3D

July 23, 2014

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Join us Monday for a Members screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 3D Members & Friends Movie Screening.

For over 65 years Variety Children’s Charity has met our mission of providing medical equipment, rehabilitation services, housing assistance, community aid, and more, to tens of thousands of the Bay Area’s children and families most in need.

Movie Nights are just one of the many benefits provided through our Membership Program, which provides vital funding and ensures our ability to continue as one of the Bay Area’s most trusted charitable organizations serving children and families in need.

Please join us Monday, July 23rd for

DAWN of the PLANET of the APES in 3D

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Rated-PG-13  2hr 10min

Film donation and support for Variety provided by 20th Century Fox

6:00PM - Join us for HAPPY HOUR!

MENU
Wine, Beer - $4
The Hard Stuff - $6
Soda - $1
Candy - $1
Popcorn - Free, but we know you’ll feel good about giving $1+

7:00PM – Film starts

$20 Suggested donation at the door,  cash bar & tips all benefit Variety

Your financial support ensures that we can continue to helping more children and to bring you films throughout the year!

Seating is Limited. Variety members and their guest receive priority seating. Tickets will not guarantee seating after 6:45pm.

For more information, please call Variety at (415) 781-3894
or email us at info@varietync.org

RSVP HERE

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Join us for a Members screening of 22 Jump Street

June 23, 2014

Join us Monday for a Members screening of 22 Jump Street.

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Members & Friends Movie Screening

For over 65 years Variety Children’s Charity has met our mission of providing medical equipment, rehabilitation services, housing assistance, community aid, and more, to tens of thousands of the Bay Area’s children and families most in need.

Movie Nights are just one of the many benefits provided through our Membership Program, which provides vital funding and ensures our ability to continue as one of the Bay Area’s most trusted charitable organizations serving children and families in need.

Members enjoy priority seating, complimentary drinks and special gifts.

Join as a member or     Monthly Donor

Please join us Monday, June 23rd for 22 Jump Street

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Rated-R  1hr 52min

6:00PM - Join us for HAPPY HOUR!

7:00PM – Film starts

$20 Suggested donation at the door, a cash bar & tips all benefit Variety

RSVP HERE

Your financial support ensures that we can continue to helping more children and to bring you films throughout the year!

Seating is Limited
Variety members and their guest receive priority seating
Tickets will not guarantee seating after 6:45pm.

For more information, please call Variety at (415) 781-3894
or email us at info@varietync.org

Join as a member at:  www.varietync.org

Your support helps fund programs including the purchase of pediatric wheelchairs, adaptive bikes, and mobility programs for disabled children in our community – and much more!

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