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STUDENT COUNCIL RAISES $600 FOR VARIETY VAN
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." (Pictured above: Amelia Earhart
Student Council. Photo - Aldrich M. Tan The Indio Sun)
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.
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BIKE GIVE-A-WAY AND SUNSHINE COACH CELEBRATION:
VARIETY THE CHILDREN'S CHARITY OF THE DESERT DONATIONS BENEFIT
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
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
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.