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On Saturday, October 13th, Variety was pleased to host our Annual Presentation Dinner. This year, over a dozen nonprofit organizations serving children across Western New York were in attendance representing their programs as we donated the money raised by supporters like YOU to support programs and projects that have the biggest impact on Western New York’s most special kids.

It is also an opportunity to recognize those who have been exemplary supporters of Variety’s mission. Award winners this year include:

Mary Jane Cunningham Award

  • Cheryl Bennett-Donner

Dorothy Atlas Award

  • Sandy Parker

Myron Gross Person of the Year Award

  • Bradley Gawron

Service Awards

  • Katie Morse and Ed Drantch, WKBW
  • Sue Sorce and Brenda Hall, National Fuel
  • Kim Kubala, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
  • Rich Hamister, Northwest Savings Bank

Congratulations to this year’s grantees:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara, and the Southern Tier

  • Provide Activities for Children Enrolled in Mentoring Program


  • Direct Training for Parents and Staff in DIR/Floortime Model

Boys & Girls Club of East Aurora

  • Support for Visual and Performing Arts Program

Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns

  • Funding for Food, Fitness, and Fun Program in Riverside Neighborhood of Buffalo

Camp Good Days & Special Times

  • Tables for Community Dining Hall


  • Players Benches for Baseball Diamonds

Children’s Growth Foundation

  • Psychoendocrine Services for Children, Adolescents, and their Families
  • Medical and Non-Medical Assistance

Excalibur Leisure Skills

  • Operational Costs for Excalibur’s Adaptive Program Vessel

Jewish Community Center of Buffalo

  • Support for Au-Some Swimmers Program for Children with Autism
  • Support for Holland Family Center

Music is Art

  • Purchase New and Repair Donated Instruments for Youth


  • One School Day Adaptive Ice Skating Program Class

Buffalo Public School 17

  • Adaptive Desks

YMCA of Genesee County

  • Swimming Program

Music is Art

  • Purchase New and Repair Donated Instruments for Youth

Police Athletic League

  • Mayor Brown’s Summer Reading Rules Challenge Sponsor
  • Bike Helmet Giveaway Sponsor

Variety at Work

  • Numerous Community Endeavors to Improve the Lives of Children who are Sick, Disabled, and Disadvantaged

Variety Camping Program/Cradle Beach

  • Sponsor Camping for Children at Cradle Beach

Variety Hockey/Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo

  • Hockey Program for Children from the City of Buffalo

Oishei Children’s Hospital/ Variety Tent #7 Robert Warner MD Rehabilitation Center

  • Family and Transitional Services
  • Comprehensive Developmental Program
  • Socialization Group
  • Independence Training Group
  • Aquatic Therapists