American Family working with Variety, the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin

Celebrating DreamDrive with the Green Bay Packers

Making Jemma’s dream come true

The Dream Fleet bikes were not the only special bikes being ridden on opening day. American Family provided an adaptive bike for Jemma Blechacz, a 5-year old girl from Fox Point, Wisconsin, born with spina bifida. Jemma has limited use of her legs and needed a custom bike to help her pedal.

Her parents, Phil and Bethany, said Jemma has dreamed for some time of riding a bike alongside her five brothers and sisters. She was adopted by Phil and Bethany as an infant from China, and with her family history unknown, there was a question if she would ever walk, much less ride a bike.

But that never stopped Jemma.

Variety the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin is dedicated to enriching the lives of children with special needs and their families.

Variety Feature

Check Out This Great Community Event

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Variety Holiday Party for the Kids
Saturday, December 7th

Join us for the 2019 Variety Holiday Party for the Kids.

The Variety Holiday Party will be held at four different locations throughout Wisconsin. Please sign up at the nearest theatre!

Movie: Arctic Dogs (Madison, Franklin, Appleton)

Movie:  Abominable  (Eau Claire)

Schedule of events:
8:30 a.m. Doors Open, Parents bring your cameras for pictures with Santa, Activities

9:30 a.m. Movie Starts

Enjoy a free movie, complimentary popcorn and drinks. Each child will receive a gift bag and book.

This event is for children with physical or developmental special needs and their immediate families only. If you are not registered as a Variety family, please contact Dua at dua@varietywi.org or call 262-777-2090.

The Sleighriders

Monday, December 16th
Shank Hall
1434 N. Farwell Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
7:00 p.m.
Forty of the best musicians of the Milwaukee music scene join together for the annual Sleighriders show and charity auction! These musicians join forces in one gigantic rockin’ band. For over 30 years now the band has donated their time and talents for charity. This year, all proceeds will benefit Variety of Wisconsin again.

Cinema Passport Exclusive Offer

Variety is delighted to be continuing its long-standing partnership with Marcus Theatres and to be once again offering Variety Cinema Passports to friends of Variety. Take advantage of this exclusive offer for you and a guest to enjoy unlimited movies** in 2020 at any Marcus Theatres location by becoming a Variety Cinema Passport cardholder. Thanks to our great friends at Marcus Theatres, the Variety Cinema Passport is available to Variety of Wisconsin friends for a donation of $500.
Available in time for the holidays, the Variety Cinema Passport makes a perfect gift for family, friends, clients, employees – and even you! To ensure that your order is ready for the holiday season, please return the order form by November 30th. We have a limited number of Variety Cinema Passports available, so reserve yours today!
**some restrictions apply. See order form for details.

About Variety’s Mission

Variety is a multi-faceted organization with one single purpose: Enriching the lives of children with physical or developmental special needs and their families.  Variety sponsors year-round activities, events and programs focused on: improving a child’s physical and emotional health and well-being; building self-confidence; strengthening resilience; and creating opportunities to pursue a limitless future.

Sponsor Spotlight

Marcus Theatres is an amazing organization that truly believes in helping others.  Marcus has a rich history of supporting Variety and this December, Marcus will once again be hosting Holiday Parties for Variety kids and families at three different theatre locations throughout the state of Wisconsin. They generously donate a movie screening, popcorn and drinks to our Variety families.  Thank you to Marcus Theatres for your unwavering support and helping spread holiday cheer to all our Variety families.

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our raving fans

  • This is an awesome charity that helps families with children with special needs in so many ways! My family and I are so grateful!

    Monica B
  • Amazing people, great organization. Everyone makes you feel like family.

    Andrew L
  • This is a wonderful place and the people are like angels for all they do.

    Lana D.
  • I wish so many more people would know about Variety. My daughter has been afraid and self conscious about trying new things. With tickets etc being donated, my daughter has grown by leaps and bounds. Thank you Variety.

    Catina F