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(Pictured above: Amelia Earhart Student Council. Photo - Aldrich M. Tan The Indio Sun)

STUDENT COUNCIL RAISES $600 FOR VARIETY VAN Palm Desert, CA 01/16/2009

- Students from Amelia Earhart Elementary School have raised $600 for the Variety of the Desert, a children's nonprofit agency. The money has been used to purchase a 12-passenger van for the Candlelighters Early Childhood Cancer Foundation of the Inland Empire. Candlelighters uses the Sunshine Coach to transport children with cancer to the hospital for treatments and to other activities, executive director Armida Kersey said. The agency plans to use the van for the first time during an event in February, Kersey said. "It's wonderful," she said. "I've only driven it a few times, but it is just very exciting."


Variety of the Desert presented the van to Candlelighters on Dec. 7 during a Bike Giveaway celebration at Palm Springs Motors, said Amy Bohrmann, executive administrator for Variety of the Desert. The group donated a van to Candlelighters nine years ago, but it is no longer functional, Bohrmann said. Courtlyn O'Grady, 10, a member of the Earhart student council, said she has relatives who use the program and saw the original bus.

 "It was completely run-down, and the engine barely started," she said. The Amelia Earhart students chose to raise money for the Sunshine Coach as part of their annual fundraising project. Each year, the students decide on a fundraiser to work on in November, said Cindy Stern, fifth-grade teacher and student council adviser. The student council voted for the Sunshine Coach project and set a goal of $500, Stern said. By the first week of December, the council collected $600.The students made 40 containers and gave them to every classroom, said Danielle Rudolph, 10. It took a long time to count all of those coins each week, said 10-year-old Lydia Tristan. There were many pennies and very few dollar bills, Tristan said. It would take an entire recess to count all the coins and then get the containers back to all of the classes. The drive ended the first week of December. Bailey Levine, 10, said it was an eye-opening experience. "We are luckier than other people, and we need to be grateful for that," she said. Stern said the students ultimately learned leadership skills and are setting an example for their fellow classmates. The council has another charity project in the works, Bailey said. The school will collect items for the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission starting at the end of February.

(Article courtesy of mydesert.com - click to view original article)



BIKE GIVE-A-WAY AND SUNSHINE COACH CELEBRATION: 

VARIETY THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY OF THE DESERT DONATIONS BENEFIT LOCAL YOUTHS

-Palm Desert, CA 11/24/2008 - Variety the Children's Charity of the Desert wraps up a year of giving with a "Bike Give-a-Way" and "Sunshine Coach" Celebration to be held at Palm Springs Motors at 10:00AM-1:00PM on Sunday, December 7th. Monies raised from November's KPLM "Care for Kids" radiothon are used to fund the Bikes for Kids and Sunshine Coach programs benefiting underprivileged children in the Coachella Valley.


The Bike program is a positive re-enforcement program for disadvantaged children who try hard in school and practice good citizenship. Third through fifth grade teachers from all three area districts nominated students they considered to be positive role models in the classroom. These students will personally be awarded a new bike and helmet by Variety's radiothon donors.


The Sunshine Coach program is an initiative that provides transportation for underprivileged children to and from after-school programs and special events. The program also provides specially equipped passenger vans to transport children with physical limitations to and from medical facilities, special events, and enrichment programs. Variety of the Desert awarded a 12-passenger van to the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs on May 20, 2008, which was immediately put to use transporting kids to Pathfinder Ranch summer camp. In addition to the van, Variety also presented the Boys and Girls Club with a check for $2500 to send 10 needy kids to Pathfinder Ranch summer camp. During the December 7th Celebration at Palm Springs Motors, Candlelighters will be presented with a Sunshine Coach to transport Coachella Valley youths battling cancer to Loma Linda for treatments.


Additional donation recipients for November included:

$500 to Amelia Earhart Elementary School for Science Camp scholarships.

$1500 to Palm Desert High School Dance Team to offset the costs of uniforms, travel, and competitions so that all qualified high school

dancers would be able to participate in Palm Desert High School's highly recognized dance teams regardless of their financial situation.

$2000 to Project Kindle to send two children from our area afflicted with HIV/AIDS to Camp Kindle.

Variety remains focused on supporting the Coachella Valley's underprivileged and special needs children. 


VARIETY THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY OF THE DESEST DONATES $10,000 TO THE McCALLUM THEATRE'S AESTHETIC EDUCATION PROGRAM:

​-Palm Desert, CA, 10/06/08 – Variety, the Children's Charity of the Desert, has donated $10,000 to the McCallum Theatre Institute in support of the Aesthetic Education Program. The donation was initiated in response to California's budget cuts which have effected arts programs in our public schools. Variety's "Arts in Education" initiative supports fine arts programs serving underprivileged children in the Coachella Valley.The McCallum Theatre Institute, established in September 1997, is the education division of the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts. Developed in partnership with Lincoln Center Institute in New York, the Aesthetic Education Program (AEP) brings together professional artists from the McCallum faculty, classroom teachers, and students to deepen the understanding of themselves and the world through active involvement with live works of art. In addition to the AEP, this year's McCallum Theatre Field Trip Series will include 28 free performances of music, theatre, and dance for an estimated 37,200 school children in the Coachella Valley. 


VARIETY THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY OF THE DESERT AND REGAL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO VALLEY SCHOOLS

-Palm Desert, CA, 09/26/08 – Variety, the Children's Charity of the Desert, partnered with Regal Entertainment Group to provide the Coachella Valley's neediest schools with school supplies. The supplies were donated by Variety members and were collected at the Rancho 16 theatre. Staples stores in Palm Desert, Cathedral City and La Quinta also made generous donations of school supplies, and OfficeMax in Palm Desert donated tote bags for the schools' teachers. The donation presentation, held Monday night at the Rancho 16 Theatre, gifted three local schools as selected by their district administrations. The PSUSD school receiving school supplies was Cahuilla Elementary. DSUSD's school choice was Roosevelt Elementary. The CVUSD recipient school was Las Palmitas Elementary. Mike Williams, principal of Las Palmitas, was very appreciative and promised that the supplies would be put into the kids' hands at the start of school next week. Variety Board members presenting the supplies were Rancho 16 Theatre General Manager, Carl Killebrew; and past president, Doris Hemmer. Variety remains focused on supporting the Coachella Valley's underprivileged children. 


VARIETY OF THE DESERT DONATES $1000 TO CHILDREN'S PLAYTIME PRODUCTIONS

-Palm Desert, CA, 06/27/08 - Variety - the Children's Charity of the Desert donated $1000 to Children's Playtime Productions on Wednesday June 25, 2008. The donation was made in support of Variety's "Arts in Education" program which funds local fine arts education initiatives. The funds will be used to help bring students to performances at the McCallum Theatre, and also to fund the touring of productions to Coachella Valley schools. This past May performances of CPP's "Peter Pan" at the McCallum Theatre were enjoyed by thousands of the Desert's children. CPP also brought the Aesop fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare" to schools in the Coachella Valley School District. Variety of the Desert supports Children's Playtime Productions endeavors in bringing theater arts to public schools. Variety's partnership with the entertainment industry extends back to the charity's roots. On Christmas Eve in 1928, a baby girl was found on a seat at the Sheridan Square Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When all efforts by the police and local newspapers failed to locate her parents, a group of eleven gentlemen affiliated with the entertainment industry agreed to financially underwrite the child's support and education. Just one year prior, these men had rented a small clubroom in the William Penn Hotel and created a social club, aptly named "Variety" given that the members encompassed various branches in show business. The child was then named Catherine Variety Sheridan, her middle name for the club and her last name for the theatre. 


VARIETY DONATES $3000 TO SPONSOR FREE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL

Palm Desert, CA, 06/03/08 - Variety, the Children's Charity of the Desert donated $3000 to Regal Entertainment Group on June 2, 2008 to sponsor free family entertainment throughout the summer. The Free Family Film Festival runs Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 through the summer months beginning June 17th and 18th. Each week a G-rated and PG-rated film will be shown at the Rancho 16. The festival kicks off with screenings of "Charlotte's Web" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks". Admission to the festival movies is free. Variety supports community programs benefiting underprivileged and disadvantaged children, and through Variety's Sunshine Coach initiative, underprivileged kids will be transported to see the festival films. Variety's partnership with the entertainment industry extends back to the charity's roots. On Christmas Eve in 1928, a baby girl was found on a seat at the Sheridan Square Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When all efforts by the police and local newspapers failed to locate her parents, a group of eleven gentlemen affiliated with the entertainment industry agreed to financially underwrite the child's support and education. Just one year prior, these men had rented a small clubroom in the William Penn Hotel and created a social club, aptly named "Variety" given that the members encompassed various branches in show business. The child was then named Catherine Variety Sheridan, her middle name for the club and her last name for the theatre. Variety of the Desert is proud to partner with Regal Entertainment Group in bringing free family movies to the community. 


VARIETY OF THE DESERT DONATES SUNSHINE COAT, SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS TO COYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF PALM SPRINGS

-Palm Desert, CA, 05/23/08 – Variety, the Children's Charity of the Desert, donated a "Sunshine Coach" to the Boy's and Girl's Club of Palm Springs on Friday, May 20 at Palm Springs Motors. Variety's president, Scott Simmers, and executive vice-president, Todd Marker, along with board member Doris Hemmer, made the presentation of the 12-passenger van to Dean Moore, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs. The Sunshine Coach" program is an initiative that provides transportation for underprivileged children to and from after-school programs and special events. The program also provides specially equipped passenger vans to transport children with physical limitations to and from medical facilities, special events, and enrichment programs. Past recipients of Variety of the Desert's Sunshine Coaches include Angel View Crippled Children's Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club of the High Desert, The Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, Family YMCA of the Desert, and the Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony. The new van will be put into service immediately, transporting kids to Pathfinder Ranch summer camp. In addition to the van, Variety also presented the Boys and Girls Club with a check for $2500 to send 10 needy kids to Pathfinder Ranch summer camp. 


VARIETY MAKES DONATION TO THE NJTL 

​-Palm Desert, CA, 05/05/08 - Todd Marker, Executive Vice President of Variety – the Children's Charity of the Desert, presented Al and Arlene Bauers , founders of the NJTL of Coachella Valley with a check for $3000. The donation will be used to fund tennis programs for underprivileged youths. The check presentation took place at the NJTL's annual awards banquet held on Saturday, May 3,at Mission Hills Country Club. The National Junior Tennis League (N.J.T.L.) was founded by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder in 1969 for the purpose of reaching out to underprivileged youth through recreational programs and to assist in providing a strong foundation of positive attributes such as sportsmanship, self-esteem and respect. Through tennis, the organization reaches out to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to play tennis, instills in youngsters the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence and gives them the opportunity to develop skills they can enjoy for a lifetime. Variety remains focused on supporting the Coachella Valley's underprivileged children. 


VARIETY THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY OF THE DESERT SUPPORT UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTHS WITH GOTTSCHALK'S KIDS DAY

-Palm Desert, CA, 03/25/08 - Gottschalks Palm Springs store partnered with Variety the Children's Charity of the Desert to bring smiles to the faces of kids from Cielo Vista Community Childcare Center for a "Kids Day" celebration. Cielo Vista Community Childcare Center provides educational intervention and childcare to low income families in Palm Springs. The children were invited to attend the March 15th festivities, which included a visit from the Easter Bunny and a goody bag. In addition they received a gift card in which to purchase new spring clothes."It was a special day for these families," commented Susan Brister, "The smiles on the kids' faces were a mile wide." She shared the gratitude expressed from one of the mothers whose four children were beneficiaries of Kids Day; the mother tearfully told Susan that it was the first time she was able to take her kids clothes shopping with her and let them pick out their own outfits. What a joyful and memorable day it was for her and her kids!Variety continued to shower these needy kids with joy on March 20th when they presented 70 Easter baskets to the kids at the Center. The baskets were filled with healthy snacks, T-shirts, coloring books with crayons, and a plush toy. 


VARIETY THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY OF THE DESERT HAS A BIG HEART FOR CHILDREN SUFFERING WITH CANCER

-Palm Springs, CA, 02/07/2008 - On Valentine's Day, 2008 Variety the Children's Charity of the Desert will present Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of The Inland Empire with a check for $5000 and 50 Variety Compassion teddy bears. Variety Board Member and General Manager of KDFX, Barry Gorfine; and KUNA general manager, Martin Serna will make the presentation to Candlelighters.Variety the Children's Charity is dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children around the world. Through our network of 50 Tents (or Chapters) in 14 counties, Variety reaches into communities across the globe to offer financial assistance and services to children and organizations that serve children with special needs. Through hard work, thoughtful stewardship, and single-minded focus on the needs of the young, Variety strives to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, their families, our communities, and the world...one need at a time.On November 8th, 2007, KUNA hosted a Radiothon benefiting Variety of the Desert's Compassion Fund. The fund supports efforts to transport and comfort children with cancer who travel from the Coachella Valley to Loma Linda for treatment. Variety anticipates incoming KUNA radiothon pledge revenues to provide ongoing support to our Valley's children with cancer through the Candlelighters organization.

VARIETY OF THE DESERT NEWS & PRESS


A Mothers Anguish


Variety poster boy Angel Valdez’s mother Jennifer, takes him to Loma Linda’s Children’s Hospital for treatment at least once a week.


He is now two years old ? He was born with a rare birth defect called, Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenital. His arms hang uselessly by his side. Jennifer, a single parent at age 20 carried him to doctors all over the Valley trying to get him help. Loma Linda specialist Dr. Robin Clark told her the only facility in North America that could help Angel was Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington Delaware. 


Variety the Children’s Charity of the Desert adopted Angel and his dedicated mother and made all arrangements for flites, accommodation and all hospital expenses, and sent them to Wilmington Children’s Hospital for five days where Angel was fitted with “Magic Arms.” 

He requires constant and specialized physical therapy. Jennifer’s car spends more times in the shop than it does on the road. She says a prayer every time she and Angel get into it and hopes the tires, the steering and brakes will hold out for one more journey to Loma Linda Hospital.





The most recent trip was a disaster. She ran into a heavy rain shower and her windshield wipers quit. She was blinded and pulled over to the roadside and broke down and  cried while struggling to get them to work. Variety asked the NABC for help. On Wednesday Morning Jan: 15th. at 8:30 at the NABC Annual Conference at Tahquitz Golf & Country Club, at 1885 Golf Club Dr. in Palm Springs the men and women from Auto Body Shops all over America will present Angel and Jennifer with a better than new refurbished 2013 Automobile.


We invite all of you to be a part of it. This time Jennifer’s tears (and ours ) will be of emotional gratitude.