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The Goo Goo Dolls Come to Buffalo for Special Live Performance at the 55th Annual Variety Kids Telethon

The Goo Goo Dolls Come to Buffalo for Special Live Performance at the 55th Annual Variety Kids Telethon


LANCASTER, N.Y. – The Goo Goo Dolls are making a special trip home to Buffalo to perform at the 55th Annual Variety Kids Telethon, broadcast live on WKBW-TV on April 2nd from the Seneca Niagara Events Center. The appearance of the Buffalo-bred band that has risen to international stardom represents a real coup for the Variety Kids Telethon and aligns with the 2017 Telethon theme, “Variety is WNY.” Fans can tune in to the Telethon to catch the exclusive live performance, and some lucky callers will even be able to give their donations over the phone to the band members.

Formed in Buffalo in 1996, the Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 14 million albums worldwide and have had 19 top ten singles. The band has also been closely involved in philanthropic efforts in Western New York over the years, including establishing a scholarship fund at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in honor of vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik’s nephew. Robby Takac, vocalist and bassist, is the founder of the Music is Art Foundation, whose focus is to enrich the community with access to music. The Goo Goo Doll’s donation of their time to the Variety Kids Telethon is a continuation of the band’s dedication to giving back to the Western New York community and to Variety.

The 55th Annual Telethon will be broadcast live from the Seneca Niagara Events Center on April 2, 2017 from 7 am to 7 pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7. WKBW has been a longstanding supporter of Variety and has hosted the Telethon for over 50 years. The TV station has donated time and resources to ensure the Telethon’s success, including assistance with production, filming, and talent. The Telethon’s move from the Adam’s Mark Hotel to the Seneca Niagara Events Center offers the Telethon a fresh, new look. The Events Center also provides a suitable venue for world-class acts like The Goo Goo Dolls to perform at the Variety Kids Telethon, which continues to make history as the country’s longest-running, locally produced telethon.

The Variety Kids Telethon raises funds for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and other children’s charities. All funds stay local and go directly to the programs and equipment that the region’s kids need most. Variety – The Children’s Charity of Buffalo and WNY has been serving the needs of WNY’s sick, disabled, and disadvantaged children for over 80 years and is the region’s leading children’s charity. Visit www.varietybuffalo.org to learn more.

For more information, please contact Natalie Photiadis, Assistant Director, at 716-854-7577 or natalie@varietybuffalo.org.