Variety Remembers Dr. William Danforth
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Dr. William “Bill” Danforth was an impressive, kind and generous man – we were saddened to hear of his recent passing. In his 94 years, Bill accomplished so much and gave back even more to the St. Louis community. It was for these reasons, and many more, that he was honored as Variety’s Man of the Year in 1995.

Bill dedicated much of his life to growing Washington University into the grand institution it is known as today. In 1957, he began his education career there as an instructor, moving up to assistant professor in 1960 before being named president of the medical school and...

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 08:37
Sadie Keeps Up with Friends
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For five-year-old Sadie, there is nothing more frustrating than always being tagged “It” first in a game of tag on the playground. Sadie has mild cerebral palsy, which causes high tone in her legs and can make it difficult for her to keep up with her friends.

But not anymore!

Sadie recently received a new pair of ankle foot orthotics (AFOs) from Variety St. Louis. They give her the support she needs to run, jump and play.

“Sadie says her new braces help her run and go down the slide faster,” says Sadie’s mom, Mandy. “I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but, to a...

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 11:04
Variety Remembers Greg Marecek
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We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Variety friend and St. Louis businessman Greg Marecek. Greg was a staple in the St. Louis sports community for many years. He started as a sportswriter before moving into other media formats, including leading the charge for Missouri Sports Radio as owner of KFNS.

Greg also founded the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and remained at the helm as president. In that role, he formed a partnership with Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis through our annual Baseball Day at Camp, which started in 2017.

On this day, we...

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 15:09
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