With a nine-decade legacy of caring for children across the globe, Variety – The Children’s Charity has become the largest and most effective children’s charity in the world. The organization has grown to 44 Tents (or Chapters) in 13 countries, raising over $2.5 billion to assist the treatment and care for children with special needs.
Long considered “The Heart of Show Business,” Variety finds it roots in the entertainment industry. Variety was established in 1928 by eleven Vaudeville showmen and still exists today for one reason – to help children in need. On Christmas Eve in 1928, a baby girl was abandoned at the Sheridan Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA. The eleven Variety Club members, who found the destitute girl, decided to underwrite the child’s support and education. Their work has exponentially grown into a worldwide network of thousands of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of children in crisis.
Variety’s legacy continues now into the 21st century with genuinely altruistic support, partnership and sponsorship provided by major motion picture studios, movie theatre chains, as well as national and international retailers and major corporations. Variety of Georgia, established in 1939, the 21st chapter of Variety and works to create a brighter future, one child at a time.
Barrett Atkins-Scotland Wright Associates Brad Beck- Bank of America Bo Chambliss- Georgia Theatre Company Craig Chapin- Chapin Ltd.-.Chairman of the Board Lori Gambaccini – Cinema Concepts TSC Brandt Gully- EFA Partners Shelley Korenbrot- Consultant Robin Miller – Miller Consulting Michael Schoppenhorst- SEMCO Productions Norm Shindler- MNM Theatres- Board President Mike Simonds – Comprehensive Film Booking Kip Smiley, Jr.- Comprehensive Film Booking Allan Vella – The Fox Theatre Kim Willis – Infinite Business Solutions Inc.