Variety Week 2019, held April 6 – 13, was a resounding success. The week celebrated Variety Kids – the local kids and teens Variety St. Louis serves – and brought in support from generous people all around the St. Louis area.
Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more on each event of Variety Week 2019, but we wanted to share a taste of each to say “thank you.”
Runway Lights Fashion Show – Runway Lights Fashion Show kicked off Variety Week in style on April 6. Held at Union Station, this year’s event featured the fabulous designs of Lafayette 148 New York, worn by the region’s top models. Variety’s Ameren Power Kids also appeared on the runway to showcase their impressive power wheelchairs as well as their own fashions, and Variety Kid Ashlyn and her mom, Jennifer, shared their inspiring story. Thanks to generous underwriting from the Steward Family Foundation and World Wide Technology, and additional support from Neiman Marcus, all funds raised go directly to Variety's TherHappy Kid program. Find more beautiful photos here.
Variety Family Celebration Day – On Sunday, April 7, our Variety Kids and their families gathered for a day that was all about them. Variety Family Celebration Day included games, the Bubble Bus, a bike course, food, face painting an inflatable maze and much, much more. Thanks to support from Alliance Rehab and Quantum Rehab, the day was free to all Variety families. More photos of this fun day can be found here.
Variety in the Morning – If you turned on Fox 2 News on the morning of April 9, you might have noticed that the anchors and reporters had been replaced! This was Variety in the Morning, when Variety Kids and Teens took over the news to bring you their take on the day’s stories, including weather, traffic, travel and breaking news. Take a look at our behind-the-scenes photos here.
Imo’s for Kids Day – For almost 20 years, Imo’s Pizza has partnered with Variety St. Louis in support of Variety Kids, raising more than 2 million dollars along the way. On April 10, they continued this tradition with Imo’s for Kids Day, when 10 percent of all proceeds from the day benefited Variety and the children with special needs we serve. Click here for photos from our TV and radio spots throughout the day.
Variety First Pitch – Thanks to Bank of America, Variety Kid Andrea got the chance of a lifetime on April 11 – throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals game! Following the pitch, she joined fellow Variety Kids and families in suites to watch the game, thanks to Ameren, Bank of America and World Wide Technology. Catch the action in photo form here.
Dinner with the Stars – Last, but certainly not least, was our premier black tie gala, Dinner with the Stars, on Saturday, April 13. This year’s headliner was 17-time Grammy Award-winning Sting, who put on a memorable performance that had the audience on their feet. The inclusive Variety Children’s Chorus joined Sting for his encore (watch the video here), and the talented group of kids and teens of all abilities also performed two other songs earlier in the show. The program also honored this year’s Man and Woman of the Year, Spencer Koch and Carol Staenberg, and was hosted by Joe Torry alongside three Variety Teens from the future. The Steward Family Foundation, World Wide Technology and the Centene Charitable Foundation provide underwriting support for this event so that every dollar raised goes to help Variety Kids. More photos from this glamorous event are available here.
Thank you to everyone who showed up, tuned in or in any other way supported Variety Kids throughout Variety Week 2019. It is thanks to your generosity that we can unleash the promise and potential inside each Variety child.