Variety Week is Variety’s pillar fundraising campaign, culminating with Dinner With the Stars, the signature black-tie fundraiser for Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis. With past headliners including Toni Braxton, Harry Connick, Jr., Carlos Santana, The Temptations, Kenny Rogers, and Ray Charles, the gala serves as a community-wide celebration of Variety’s extensive impact in St. Louis. It's also the night Variety honors its Man and Woman of the Year, recognizing St. Louis philanthropists who play an active role in shaping the local community.
Variety Week 2016: April 9-16
April 9: Runway Lights Fashion Show-Couture for a Cause!
Join us for Variety's Runway Lights Fashion Show featuring Carmen Marc Valvo! Valvo has been exploring his soul's desire to bring glamorous dressing to every woman's life since 1989. Notable women of the world turn to his exquisite taste, from HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Queen Latifah to Beyonce and Katie Couric.
Also on display will be seven original gowns designed by Valvo: See all three of Vanessa Willams wedding gowns: rehersal dinner gown, church gown and her ceremony gown. View Beyonce's gown worn when she met Nelson Mandela, and Katie Couric's wedding dress. See Queen Latifah's Oscar gown and Viola Davis's Emmy gown.
April 12: Help a Variety Kid Challenge
Attention St. Louis: this is your day to make a difference. Together, we can raise $25,000 to benefit kids with disabilities in one day!
The Help A Variety Kid Challenge is a 24-hour online give-a-thon that allows you to donate whatever you’d like, from $1 up. Visit varietystl.org throughout the day for updates as St. Louis works together toward one big goal! Every dollar raised stays in St. Louis to help children with special needs.
Variety’s media partners at FOX 2, KPLR 11, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch will help drum up excitement throughout the day. Thanks to our volunteers from Edward Jones who offer to help the entire day.
April 13: Imo's Kid's Pizza Day
As if anyone needed another excuse to order an Imo’s Pizza! “The Care Beyond Compare” donates 10 to 20% of its proceeds to Variety on this day. This annual fundraiser has generated more than $1.4 million for Variety kids and satisfied plenty of appetites in the process!
It’s the perfect day to host an office pizza party, family pizza night, or grab a personal pizza for yourself!
Once you have your food, send us pictures of how you’re enjoying it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #ImosForKids. Together we can build awareness and create record sales to benefit kids with disabilities!
April 14: Night of the Rising Stars
An always rousing part of Variety week is the Night of the Rising Stars event.
Look for details soon on the fun activities planned for Young Variety’s prime recruiting effort of the year, a chance to get more young, St. Louis-area professionals involved with one of the area’s premier nonprofits…Variety the Children’s Charity.
April 16: Dinner with the Stars
This year is our 50th annual Dinner with the Stars! This black-tie gala event celebrates Variety's extensive impact on the lives of children with special needs. What started as a 24-hour telethon featuring live performances by legendary entertainers like Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, and many more, the Dinner with the Stars has evolved into an evening celebration culminating with a performance by a top national artist. Recent headliners have included Toni Braxton, Harry Connick, Jr., Carlos Santana, and Diana Ross.
Variety has selected the Peabody Opera House, a historic theater in the heart of downtown, as the venue for this year's gala. This year we honor TricorBraun Chairman, Ken Kranzberg as 2016 Man of the Year, and community philanthropist, Judy Jones as 2016 Woman of the Year. Our headliner will be announced February 25th.
More events to be announced!
Variety Week 2017: April 22-29
Variety Week 2018: April 21-29
Variety Week 2019: April 6-13
Variety Week 2020: April 18-25
Variety Week 2021: April 17-24