The Variety Kids Telethon, now in its 58th year, is 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!
Telethon 2020 was telecasted Saturday night, February 29th from 6-11 P.M. on WGRZ-TV Channel 2, and continued Sunday, March 1st from 10 A.M. Until 9 P.M. on WBBZ-TV, Channel 67.1 / Cable 5.
Frank Lignos, a member of the Variety Board, was the 2020 Variety Kids Telethon Chairman. Tony Vaccaro, also a member of the Variety Board served as the Co-Chairman.
John and Alison Basil served as the 2020 Variety Kids Telethon Honorary Chairpersons.
Emilia Fay was the 2020 Variety Celebrity Child.