New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson to receive Variety's 2014 Champion for Kids Award

New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson to receive Variety's 2014 Champion for Kids Award

Best-selling author Ridley Pearson’s relationship with Variety started with his daughters. 

The appropriately named Paige and Storey spent their summers working as counselors at Variety Adventure Camp, and in that time they fell in love with the spirit and enthusiasm of Variety kids. When they told their father about their experiences, it launched what has been a... Continue Reading »

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:32
Staff from St. Louis Arc to discuss sibling inclusion at Champions for Children Summit

Variety Champions for Children Summit presents panel discussion on siblings of children disabilities, Nov. 12 at Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.

Every week at St. Louis Arc, Gabrielle Kerlick hears new questions from siblings of children with disabilities.

They come to St. Louis Arc for Sibshops, a program that serves as both a communal playtime and social support group for brothers and sisters of kids with developmental disabilities.

Kerlick shares a sample question, similar... Continue Reading »

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:54
Variety kid Nick sinks his teeth into the role of Flounder in Disney's The Little Mermaid

St. Louis boy with brittle bone disease stars in musical show Disney's The Little Mermaid, Variety Children's Theatre.

Again and again, Nick had to read the same line at play rehearsal.

Austen Bohmer, playing the mermaid princess Ariel, would lean in and jokingly ask him, "Are you flirting
with me?"

Nick had to respond emphatically: "Gross! Blech! No way!" Then he would pause, before adding, "But if
I was...?"

The directors and other performers watching the scene heard... Continue Reading »

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 15:56
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