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BUFFALO, NEW YORK (December 9, 2019) – Variety, the children’s charity of Buffalo and Western New York has been awarded a $30,000.00 KidCents Regional Grant to P.A.L. which will be used for expanding programs and opportunities for our children in Buffalo and Western New York.

The check presentation will be held on Monday, December 9th, 2019 to the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) at 2:00 p. m. in Mayor Byron Brown’s office located in Buffalo City Hall.  In attendance will be Nekia Kemp-Executive Director of P.A.L, Diane Kuciel, Chief Barker/President -Variety-The Children’s Charity of Buffalo & WNY, and Chief Richards.

“The mission of Variety is to transform, uplift, and enrich the lives of children living with illness, disability, and disadvantage in Western New York.  This past summer Variety in conjunction with staff of P.A.L. Variety submitted a grant request to the Rite Aid Foundation.  As a result of this teamwork a $30,000.00 KidsCents Regional Grant was issued to Variety for the Police Athletic League to help fund the Healthy Youth Initiative Program which exemplifies the mission of Variety”, said Diane Kuciel the Chief Barker/ President of Variety.

As mentioned above, the awarded funds from Rite Aid will be invested into growing and improving athletic/sports clinics, fitness programs, and culinary arts & nutrition programming that is offered for free by the P.A.L of Buffalo, Inc. to youth between the ages of 5-18 who reside in underserved neighborhoods throughout the City of Buffalo, NY. 

Buffalo P.A.L youth are able to benefit from attending safe and structured after-school, weekend, and summer programs that provide opportunities for children, teenagers, and young adults to engage in fitness, health, wellness, and educational programming that takes place in secure environments with nurturing mentors and coaches who partner with the Buffalo Police Department to work on building trusting relationships between youth, adults and local law enforcement.

The KidCents Regional Grant Program, which provides grants of $15,000-$30,000, funds specific out-of-school time programs focused on children’s nutrition, physical fitness and academic success. The KidCents program also annually supports a select group of more than 400 nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves, as well as national organizations focused on critical children’s issues including The Fred Rogers Company, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Folds of Honor.

In this cycle of KidCents Regional Grants, The Rite Aid Foundation awarded 233 nonprofit grants totaling more than $5 million. Grants were available in select counties in the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

“The Rite Aid Foundation is committed to being a caring neighbor and making meaningful differences for the children and families who live in the communities we serve,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “The Regional Grant Program significantly expands the reach and impact of our KidCents program, while enabling our partner organizations to provide critical out-of-school time programs that are vital to keeping children and adolescents on track for future success.”

KidCents Regional Grants support nonprofit organizations with programs that serve children, grades K-12, and improve quality of life in Rite Aid communities. The grants support three of KidCents’ primary focus areas for improving the health and wellbeing of children: healthy eating, active living and education. To be considered, programs and projects were required to take place during out-of-school-time with priority given to programs that support communities in need.

This is the second cycle of KidCents Regional Grants. In the first cycle, The Rite Aid Foundation awarded 180 grants, totaling more than $4 million.

Another cycle of KidCents Regional Grants will launch in 2020. To learn more about the program, visit

About Variety

Variety Club of Buffalo Tent #7 is a 501C-3 charity raising money for Oishei Children’s Hospital, the Dr. Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center, and Children’s Charities in WNY since 1934.

Offices located at 6114 Broadway-Lancaster, New York, 14086.

(716) 854-7577/ Instagram: varietywny

About The Rite Aid Foundation

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $63 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $92 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994. 

About Rite Aid Corporation

Rite Aid Corporation, which generated fiscal 2019 annual revenue of $21.6 billion, is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with 2,464 stores in 18 states and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) capabilities through EnvisionRxOptions and its affiliates. At Rite Aid, we have a personal interest in our customers’ health and wellness and deliver the products and services they need to lead healthier lives. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at

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