The Variety Kids Telethon, now in its 56th year, is one of the nation’s longest-running, locally-produced telethons – and its home is right here in WNY! It all started back in 1962, when Dr. Robert Warner asked Variety to help him fulfill his dream of a rehabilitation center for children with special needs. The first Annual Variety Kids Telethon raised over $80,000, and the Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center for Children with Special Needs became a reality at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Since then, the Telethon has been a WNY treasure, all thanks to the tens of thousands of Western New Yorkers who tune in and pledge their support every year. The Telethon funds dozens of local children’s nonprofits, in addition to the Hospital, and every penny stays right here in WNY. It’s because of this we say “Variety is WNY.” We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you, WNY!

Make history with us once again this spring! The Telethon airs on March 4, 2018 from 7 am to 6 pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7. We’ll be broadcasting live from our new location at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, NY.

2018 Celebrity Child – Jackson Buyea

Each year, we select a Celebrity Child to provide a face for the children in Western New York that Variety serves. These kids reflect the diversity of families across the region that benefit from the public’s support of Variety, and their very real stories make our work even more important.

Our 2018 Celebrity Child is Jackson Buyea, 4, of Lancaster, NY. Born at 24 weeks, Jackson was given slim odds of survival. Yet the care he received and his tenacious personality proved tremendous, and he overcame all odds. Today, his parents, Bob and Jen Buyea, say that Jackson can be whatever he wants in life.