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Super Letters: Adventure Camp Craft

Super Letters: Adventure Camp Craft One of this year’s Adventure Camp themes was all about SUPER HEROS! While it is lots of fun to celebrate the popular superheroes we all know and love, it is…

General NewsTherapy

Welcome to Variety, Anna!

Welcome to Variety, Anna! We are excited to announce Anna Wilde as one of our two new Health Services Care Coordinators! Anna will be working primarily in Variety’s TherHappy program while also assisting with durable…

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Camp Staff Spotlight – Emma

Camp Staff Spotlight – Emma This is Emma Hampton’s 4th year working as a camp counselor at Variety’s Adventure Camp. Not only does Emma look forward to meeting new campers and getting to know their…

Recreation

Accessible Places in St. Louis

Accessible Places in St. Louis While no summer activity is as good as Adventure Camp, there are so many great places in our St. Louis community that you can go with your family that will…

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Camp Counselor Spotlight – Danny

Camp Counselor Spotlight: Meet Danny Adventure Camp simply would not be the same without our wonderful counselors and staff! We interviewed a few different counselors to learn about their first-hand experience: Danny Naunheim is 19…

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Graphics & Digital Media Coordinator

Job Opportunity: Graphics & Digital Media Coordinator Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis (Variety) impacts local children with disabilities by providing access to vital medical equipment and therapies as well as the opportunity to…

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Welcome to Variety, Michelle!

Welcome to Variety, Michelle! We are excited to announce Michelle Learned as one of two new Health Services Care Coordinators! In her role, Michelle will be working on the Durable Medical Equipment Program, providing funding…

Recreation

A 4th of July Activity

A 4th of July Activity Summer is the season of picnics, cookouts, and yard parties with friends and family. In fact, in just a few days it will be the 4th of July! Adventure Camp…

Recreation

The Best Week of Emmy’s Life

The Best Week of Emmy’s Life Natalie breathed a sigh of relief when she saw her six-year-old daughter Emmy dancing with another young camper on the first day of Variety’s Adventure Camp this month. “This…

EventsPerforming Arts

Curtain Call

All Call for Curtain Call! This summer, Variety St. Louis is offering an inclusive musical theatre camp filled with dance, music, and drama and friendship for kids ages 9-21. A hand-picked team of professional dancers,…

General News

Empowering the Hagan Family

Empowering the Hagan Family Few families embody the mission and spirit of Variety as extensively as the Hagan Family. All three of their children have benefitted from Variety’s core programs, and we’ve enjoyed watching them…

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Colton’s Accessible World

Colton’s Accessible World When Colton was born, doctors told his mother, Latrice, that she should not expect him to live longer than a year. But Latrice was not willing to accept that. For the first…

Performing Arts

Paul’s Fearlessness

Paul’s Fearlessness The stage has always been a place where Paul feels empowered to be himself. As he explains, “whenever I’m on stage singing and dancing, I feel exhilarated!”  While Paul has always loved performing,…

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Variety St. Louis Adds Four Board Members

Variety St. Louis Adds Four Board Members Variety’s Board of Directors will have some fresh faces and insight this year.  Media Contact: Brian RoyExecutive DirectorBrian@VarietySTL.orgOffice: 314-720-7711 ST. LOUIS, DATE, 2022 – Variety the Children’s Charity…

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Welcome to Variety, Mary!

Welcome to Variety, Mary! We are excited to announce Mary Serafino as the new Communications Manager at Variety the Children’s Charity St. Louis! Mary will lead all internal and external communications efforts. In addition to…

Recreation

Mireya’s Journey to Independence

Mireya’s Journey to Independence Variety camps are a great way for kids and teens to gain independence, have new experiences, and develop lifelong friendships. No one knows this better than Mireya, a long time Variety…

General News

Variety Unbound Kickoff

Variety Unbound Kickoff “You’ve got a friend in me.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as the Variety Children’s Chorus sang these words to an audience filled with friends on April 21st at…

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Variety Unbound: What To Know Before You Go!

We’re making final preparations for Variety Unbound: An Evening of Empowerment this Thursday, April 21! For our guests’ convenience, we have compiled some important updates you should know before attending this unforgettable evening! To keep Variety Kids…

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Variety Remembers Michael Neidorff

Michael Neidorff’s compassion for children with special needs made him a natural fit for the work we do at Variety.  For the past 15 years, Variety Kids and families could rely on the steadfast support…

Medical Equipment

Meilyn’s New Voice

For many children like Meilyn, finding their voice can be a struggle. Thanks to a new communication device from Variety, Meilyn has found her voice! Now she can communicate with not only the world, but…

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Announcing: A Brand New Variety Event

Save the date! We are excited to introduce you to Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis’ BRAND NEW event, Variety Unbound: An Evening of Empowerment. Accessible and inclusive, Variety Unbound offers a fresh approach to Variety events…

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Thankful for Autism Speaks

We take a moment on this #ThankfulThursday to show gratitude to Autism Speaks for their recent support of Variety’s mission. The Autism Speaks Local Impact Grant program focuses on presenting grants to services that improve…

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Welcome to Variety, Julie!

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Julie Thompkins, our new Health Services Manager! Julie will primarily oversee our Durable Medical Equipment program as well as the Emerson Resource Center, working directly with…

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Welcome to the New VarietySTL.org!

Variety St. Louis has launched a new website to better serve the St. Louis community. The site makes it possible for audiences to access critical information more easily, with a focus on improving the application…

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Kaci to Share her Endless PossAbilities

Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis has launched a new virtual speaker series titled “Endless PossAbilities.” Every session is free to attend, takes place on Zoom, and features an individual with a disability sharing…

Medical Equipment

More Than a Bed

Variety Kid Lincoln recently received a piece of a medical equipment that does it all – keeps him safe, gives him a place to place to play, helps his family take care of him, and…

Recreation

Register Now for Summer Camp 2022

It’s happening! Registration for our in-person Summer Adventure and Teen Camp is now LIVE! Click here to register by noon on February 7, 2022, and read on for more details. Variety’s Adventure and Teen Camp program…

Medical Equipment

Erica the Explorer

As spring draws near and the weather starts to get warmer, people are starting to get outside. Whether by foot or by bike, many are hitting the trails to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air….

Therapy

Maisy Connects

A couple of years ago, Variety Kid Maisy attended a birthday party at a ranch. There, she not only got to ride a horse for the first time, but she formed a connection with one of…

Medical Equipment

Jada’s Every Day PossAbilities

Doctors used to tell Jada’s mom, Candice, that Jada would be a “lay baby.” By that, they meant she would do little more than lay on the floor due to her diagnosis of cerebral palsy….

Medical Equipment

Sadie Keeps Up with Friends

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…

Medical Equipment

Ryan Stands Up to Learn

For a long time, Variety Kid Ryan wasn’t able to use the smartboard in his classroom. The manual wheelchair he was using sat at a height too low to reach the board, limiting his participation…

Medical Equipment

Joseph Grows into New Legs

Variety Kid Joseph just won’t stop growing! At almost three years old, he keeps getting taller and stronger every day. But that means he also keeps growing out of the prosthetic legs that make it…

Medical Equipment

Tobias Has a Place of His Own

Variety Kid Tobias now has a place in his house he can call his very own, thanks to Variety and our supporters! This new spot is a Leckey Pal Chair, which is giving him the…

Medical Equipment

Freedom for JJ

For a long time, Variety Kid Jeffery (aka JJ) felt like he was missing out on a big part of childhood – riding a bike. Traditional bikes and tricycles are not accessible for JJ and…

Medical Equipment

Thankful for New Allies

Variety is thrilled to announce new partnerships with the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County, Productive Living Board of St. Louis County, and The St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources to provide…

Recreation

Back to Camp – Winter Camp 2021

After almost two years of virtual programming, Variety’s Adventure Camp program returned to in-person Camp with Winter Camp 2021! Variety Kids gathered throughout the last week of 2021 for engaging activities, time with friends, and…

General News

A Look Back at 2021

As we celebrate the new year, we are looking back at all that happened here at Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis in 2021. Although it was another year filled with constant pivoting, we…

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Welcome to Variety, Britt!

We are thrilled to introduce you to Britt Velasquez, our newest team member here at Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis. Britt, who has a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in adaptive physical…

Performing Arts

A Concert Filled with Cheer

On Thursday, December 16, excited audience members filled the seats at the Sheldon Concert Hall, ready to experience live music and enjoy the sounds of the season. They were there for Festive Gifts of Song…

Medical Equipment

Tennyson’s Helpful Helmet

Tennyson is a big fan of the St. Louis Blues. And with his new helmet, he even looks like a super cool hockey player! This helmet is important to Tennyson’s health as he grows. He…

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Jan Albus Departing as Variety CEO

Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis has announced that Jan Albus, the organization’s CEO for the past 25 years, is leaving the organization. Her last day will be December 31, 2021. “Variety would not be…

Medical Equipment

Hope for Fiona

Meet Fiona. She is eight years old and loves to laugh, ride her bike, and listen to Taylor Swift.  Looking at her now, can you believe that she was given just a one percent chance…

General News

Bikes for Kids 2021

On Saturday, November 20, Variety St. Louis made a triumphant return to in-person events with Bikes for Kids 2021. The annual bike giveaway was held across multiple days in 2020, and we were thrilled to…

Medical Equipment

Christian Communicates

Variety Kid Christian may not speak verbally, but that doesn’t mean he can’t communicate in his own way. His communication device is his voice, and he takes it wherever he goes.  This device is operated…

Medical Equipment

Oh the Places DeMarko Will Go

At 19 years old, there are many places Variety Teen DeMarko has never had the chance to visit before. He has limited mobility and uses a wheelchair to get where he needs to go, but…

Medical Equipment

Sophia’s Safe Space

Just like many kids her age, when Variety Kid Sophia is looking to relax and wind down, she heads to her room to hang out on her bed. At night, she happily snuggles up for…

Medical Equipment

Maddison Receives a Life-Changing Van

Variety Teen Maddison and her family recently received a life-changing gift from Variety – an adaptive van. This van is making it possible for her to travel safely and comfortably, something that may seem simple,…

Medical Equipment

Back to School with Camryn

The last time Camryn, who is 11 years old, attended in-person school was in first grade. In 2017, he was diagnosed with a neurological disorder that caused him to lose his vision as well as…

Medical Equipment

Zion’s Super Cool Ride

When Variety Kid Zion cycles through his neighborhood on his daily adaptive bike ride, the air is filled with shouts of “I like your bike!” and “Cool ride!” He smiles, laughs, and rides on, proud…

Medical Equipment

Wyatt’s Back to School Supplies

When Variety Kid Wyatt started middle school this year, he had many supplies on-hand, including pencils, books, a backpack, and more. He also started the year with a new tool – an insulin pump –…

RecreationTherapy

Andrew Achieves His Impossible

For a while, many things felt nearly impossible to Variety Kid Andrew. He suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident when he was just four years old, leaving him unable to walk. But that…

Recreation

Isabel Focuses on Fun at Virtual Camp

Like many students, Variety Kid Isabel struggled during virtual school this past year. It was hard for her to stay focused and engaged, which made learning difficult. Because of this, her mom, Janie, was a…

Medical EquipmentTherapy

Fun Isn’t a Stretch for Madi

Variety Teen Madi is very busy and active. She likes to do a ton of activities, many with Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis. Madi attends Teen Camp every summer, participates in our Variety…

General News

Thanks Sno Much!

We’d like to say thanks “sno” much to all those who came out to Ballwin Sno-Cone on August 25 in support of Variety Kids! From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on that date, a portion…

General NewsPerforming ArtsRecreation

Chase Goes for Gold

When the Olympics and Paralympics air, you can find children around the world glued to their screens, dreaming of the day they might take the podium for their country. Variety Kid Chase is living out…

Performing Arts

Leah is Amazing

Through Variety’s inclusive Performing Arts programs, Variety Kid Leah has grown and flourished into a confident young lady. Like all kids and teens in these programs, she is very talented, and it has been a…

General NewsRecreation

Summer Camp 2021: The Great Virtual Adventure

For six weeks this summer, Variety Kids and Teens gathered online for an exciting and engaging Virtual Adventure and Teen Camp 2021. Through this virtual adventure, campers made crafts, played games, cooked snacks, sang songs,…

General News

Variety remembers Henry Givens

Henry Givens was an extraordinary advocate for children with special needs. For more than 20 years, he and Belma have supported Variety and attended Variety events, especially Runway Lights Fashion Show and Dinner with the…

General News

Welcome to Variety, Kathy!

Please help us give Kathy Payne a warm welcome to our Variety St. Louis family! Kathy is joining us as Controller in the Finance Department and will be responsible for payroll as well as supporting…

General News

Will Builds Strength and More on Horseback

Did you know that the cadence of a horse’s movement mimics a human walking? That’s what makes hippotherapy so effective – it gives those with mobility challenges, like Variety Teen Will, a way to build…

General News

How to Help Variety Kids in 2021

With the global COVID-19 pandemic continuing into 2021, there are many who are still facing the challenges that come with it. If you’re looking for a way to help those affected by the coronavirus this…

General News

Variety hires Chief Program Officer

St. Louis (Dec. 15, 2017) –Variety the Children’s Charity has chosen Susan Schuh, PhD MHA, as Chief Program Officer. Schuh has a PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology from Stony Brook University, and a Masters, Health…

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