Variety – the Children’s Charity of Buffalo and WNY is proud to announce the 2017 grant recipients of Variety Kids Telethon Funds. These programs touch thousands of children and their families, ranging from critical support to enrichment programs in sports and the arts.
  • Variety Tent #7 Robert Warner MD Rehabilitation Center
  • Golf Tournament
  • Pastoral Care
  • Research project by Drs. Carnevale, Choulday, Jarvis & Watt
  • Pharmacy
  • Child Life Services

Other Children’s Charities

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County – Funding for one-to-one Community Based Mentoring Program with a specific emphasis on children with disabilities. The program impacts the lives of approximately 350 children with a goal to prevent or reduce delinquency and other negative behaviors in youth with disabilities, and to strengthen positive behaviors, personal strengths, and interpersonal relationships. The mentoring program provides (1) an opportunity for the child to build social, emotional, interpersonal and educational skills; (2) an opportunity for the child to establish a friendship with an adult who cares about him or her; and (3) individualized attention focused on the child’s area(s) of need.

Bornhava – Funding for classroom equipment for children with sensory regulation and integration difficulties and evaluation materials for expansion of services into Niagara County. Bornhava provides services to 80+ children per year in center-based and integrated classrooms, as well as therapy in home and child-care settings for an additional 60+ children. Bornhava is the only school in the area that exclusively serves the birth to 5 years population and is the number one provider of Early Intervention evaluations in Niagara County.

Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora – Funding for Visual and Performing Arts programs. The programs will serve a total of 360 children and funding will provide: supplies for the Arts & Crafts Room; materials to make costumes and props, programs, music, etc. for the year-end recital of the Girls Dance program, which provides weekly dance lessons for girls in K-8 grade; instrument supplies, music sheets, lesson books and similar materials for the Music Room. The Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora provides a safe space for youth to engage in positive activities during after-school and summer hours, when children are most at risk of delinquent behavior.

Buffalo Hearing and Speech – Funding for the purchase of a SonaSpeech machine for the Buffalo and Niagara Falls clinics that will be used as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for at least 100 children with speech disorders. Specific project outcomes include (1) increasing the number of voice evaluations and patients served at the two clinics to 150 per year; (2) decreasing the amount of time needed to complete therapy; and (3) increasing patient attendance and engagement in therapy due to the interactive nature of the SonaSpeech.

Camp Good Days – Funding for the purchase of a new van to transport supplies and children to and from provided programming. Camp Good Days provides programming to approximately 500 children per year who have been affected by cancer, including summer camping experiences and year-round activities and support.

C.A.P.S. – Funding for bats, balls, and other baseball equipment for the Baseball Program, which had 110 players enrolled in 2017. C.A.P.S. stands for Challenged Athletes Participating in Sports and  is a unique organization that offers sports and social activities to children and young adults with physical and mental developmental disabilities.

Children’s Growth Foundation – Funding to support programs and services for the healthy growth and sexual development of children in Western New York. Funds used for the following services: (1) Psychoendocrine services for children, adolescents and their families; (2) Gender Dysphoria Program; (3) Children’s Growth Foundation’s Annual Family Conference; (4) Medical and non-medical patient support; and (5) Community Education Programs. The Children’s Growth Foundation currently sees 130 patients and received 140 referrals in 2017, up from 20 referrals in 2014.

Compeer – Funding to provide programming and services to 10 children. Compeer’s purpose is in promoting good mental health through meaningful friendships. The program provides 1:1 volunteer friends/mentors to 350 children, as well as adults, seniors and veterans. Funds go toward program costs including volunteer recruiting, screening, background checks, training, monthly match monitoring, direct staff oversight, monthly activities, transportation, evaluation and reporting.

Cradle Beach – Funding to provide 30 “camperships” to children with special needs from low income families. These children would not otherwise be able to attend camp, as their families often encounter financial hardship due to the care and medical expenses for their children.

Excalibur Leisure Skills Center – Funding for the Adaptive Therapeutic Boating and Fishing Program operational expenses. The program provides individuals with meaningful, rehabilitative and developmental recreational activities via access to Lake Erie. Since inception in 1985, the program has provided services to over 67,000 children and adults. The Excalibur vessel was historically the first boat of its kind in New York State to provide wheelchair access to the water, and in 2008 this vessel was replaced with the “Richard A. Smith.” The funds will help program developmentally challenged children and will be used for operational expenses directly related to the program’s vessel.

JCC of Buffalo – Funding for new, accessible play space at the Early Childhood Center. The NAEYC-accredited programs at the Early Childhood Center promote children’s social, emotion, physical and intellectual growth through a multi-sensory approach to teaching that emphasizes creative expression through hands-on learning. The program supports over 170 children per day, many of whom are special needs. The funds will be used for building materials and equipment.

Music is Art – Funding for repairs and purchases of new instruments for the instrument program. The program depends on donated instruments, which are refurbished and used to teach children about music. The mission of Music is Art is to explore and reshape music’s impact on our community, and they do this through several educational programs, including working with schools to start or expand music programs. Approximately 4,500 kids are served per year. The funds will be used to repair donated instruments and purchase new ones.

Nor-Ton Red Jacket Club – Funding for the Soap Box Derby program, which pairs at-risk youth with a mentor to assemble and race a soapbox derby car. The program will build 8 cars that will last for 10 years, impacting 80 youth and 80 mentors. The program will assist children in developing problem-solving, communication, collaboration and team-building skills, as well as developing competencies in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). The funds will be used for the purchase of soapbox derby car kits.

Police Athletic League – Funding for Bicycle Helmet Give-Away and Safety Training program for disadvantaged children. P.A.L. has distributed more than 25,000 helmets to youth throughout Buffalo and Erie County since 2009. The program’s mission is to promote positive youth development by increasing self-esteem, advancing an “I Can” attitude and educating on habits to ensure a healthy lifestyle. The funds will be used to conduct safety sessions and bike helmet distribution.

SABAH – Funding for the School Day Adaptive Ice Skating Program. Variety has provided funding to the School Day programs for nearly 25 years, allowing SABAH to improve outcomes for more than 450 children challenged by disability and economic disadvantage each year. The Adaptive Ice Skating Program was evaluated for the first time in 2017, and the results demonstrate that students’ overall physical, emotional, social, and self-control indicators increased by 55% in the 2016-2017 season. Funds will be used for two classes of students, including ice time, adaptive equipment, instructor fees, and Celebration on Ice show costs.

Sasi – Funding for the High Hurdles program, which provides therapeutic riding lessons to youth with physical, intellectual, behavioral and emotional disabilities. The program provides increased self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image, along with benefits in muscle strength, balance and coordination. The funds will be used to purchase an Equicizer, a non-motorized mechanical horse that will help those who are not physically or emotionally ready to mount a live horse. The Equicizer will allow High Hurdles to assess youth with balance concerns, low tone issues, core strength deficiencies and problems with mounting and dismounting before they climb onto a real horse.

YMCA Genesee County – Funding for the Challenger Sports Program for children with special needs aged 5 – 21. The program helps over 120 children per year develop skills including human-relations skills, fine motor movements, and teamwork through baseball, tennis, swimming, soccer, basketball, and dance programs. Funds will be used for program equipment and family fun event-related expenses.