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

Variety Feature Event

Through the Variety Discover Program, Variety sponsors activities that provide children and their families a way to connect, discover new friends, and socialize. Thanks to the generosity of donors, sponsors and community partners, these activities and events are provided FREE of charge to Variety’s kids and families!

These events are available for children with physical or developmental special needs and their immediate family members only.

Variety Family Swim Night

Springs Water Park-The Ingleside Hotel

2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072

Thursday, February 27th

Registration-4:30-6:00 p.m.

Swim time: 4:30-9:00 p.m.

Enjoy a splish-splashing good time with Variety families at Springs Water Park! Please note that parents are responsible for the safety and well-being of their children. Each family will be asked to sign a Release of Liability at the check-in table

Bar Louie Gives Back!

Variety is celebrating its 85th year of helping children with special needs and disabilities throughout the state of Wisconsin. Please come out and show your support to Variety On Thursday February 13th choose Bar Louie in Brookfield for your business lunch, happy hour, dinner or a early Valentines Day celebration! 15% of proceeds from Variety supporters will go directly to Variety to help continue our mission of helping children. Staff from Variety will be at Bar Louie on the 13th to thank you for your support as you cheers to 85 years or maybe indulge in a dessert. Be sure to show this invite to your server to direct 15% of your bill to Variety.


Spring Golf Classic at Western Lakes

Wednesday, May 20th
Western Lakes Golf Club
W287 N1963 Oakton Road
Pewaukee, WI 53072

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW for Chatter Matters! Communication Camp

Chatter Matters! Communication Camp
Wesley Woods Retreat Center, Williams Bay, WI
Thursday, June 18th-Sunday, June 21st, 2020
Through our partnership with University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and their graduate speech pathology students, Variety will host Chatter Matters! Communication Camp, an overnight camp for children with special needs who use assistive communication devices and their immediate family members.
What makes Chatter Matters unique is that it’s just like a traditional summer camp, but the activities are fully adapted for AAC users ages 5 – 15. Through activities like arts & crafts, adaptive sports, games, campfires and music, children learn to improve their communication device use. By allowing parents and siblings to attend, families have fun, create lasting family memories and bond with other families of children with special needs.
This camp is available to children ages 5-15 who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication and their families.
If you have questions, please contact the UWW Department of Communication Science and Disorders at (262) 472-1301 or email:
Applications will be accepted until March 16th no later than 12:00 p.m.
Please return completed application to:
UWW Department of Communication Science and Disorders at
Or via snail mail:
Chatter Matters! Communication Camp
UW-Whitewater Communication Sciences and Disorders
800 West Main Street, Roseman 1037
Whitewater, WI 53190

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

Meet Paul Kozak, a wonderful Variety friend who helps us deliver our mission! Paul is a Sr. Loan Officer at Bell Bank Mortgage, a company that prides itself in giving back to its community. In 2008, Bell Bank launched Pay It Forward, a unique tradition that has empowered their employees to give to help others, wherever they see the greatest need. Each year, every full-time employee at Bell Bank receives $1,000 and every part time employee receives $500 to give as they choose to people in need and causes they care about. So far, Bell has given more than $15 million to their community!

In 2019, Paul designated his Pay It Forward funds to Variety. He also inspired his colleagues to get involved and garnered additional support. This year, Paul has once again chosen Variety as the recipient of his Pay It Forward funds. Because of Paul’s support, 150 Variety kids and family members will get the opportunity to attend a Discover Program event and have a splashing good time at Springs Water Park.

We asked Paul to share more about why he gives to Variety. Here’s what he had to say:

Variety: You can choose any organization to give to. Why did you choose Variety?

Paul: There are multiple reasons why I give to Variety. I love the cause! There aren’t enough organizations that do the great work that Variety does and this is a local organization that I know will make the most out of my investment. I also love the transparency, openness, and the great people. Variety hits a soft spot in my heart. In the end, it’s all about the kids!

Variety: What does it mean to you to sponsor a Discover Program event?

Paul: I want to make sure that all kids can experience what their peers get to experience. I don’t like seeing kids get bullied or being left out and I get overwhelmed with joy when I see kids having a good time. I am also aware that often times, choices are limited for families with children with special needs. Getting out of the house can require lots of planning and additional expenses. The Discover Program helps reduce or eliminate these barriers and provides the opportunity for families to get out of the house and to do something out of the ordinary. Variety events make the children and families feel at home and welcome. I know they love to be a part of that and so do I!

We thank Paul for investing in Variety children and families!

our community partners

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