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


Sunday, October 13th

Halloween Fun For Kids of All Abilities

Trick or treat at all the uniquely decorated doors (wheelchair accessible) collecting treats and goodies, and other fun activities. Costumes highly encouraged!

Join us for this fun and accessible event at Stein’s on Capital Drive!

Ben Marcus
Charity Extravaganza

What a great event!

Thanks to Greg Marcus, Steve Marcus, Marcus Corporation, and Marcus Theatres for their gracious and kind support for the 42nd Annual Ben Marcus Extravaganza that raised $126K to help fulfill Variety’s mission of enriching the lives of children with physical or developmental special needs and their families! It was an honor to share the stage with these magnificent folks.

Our deepest appreciation and gratitude to these extraordinary sponsors for their meaningful support that helped Variety bring its 42nd Annual Ben Marcus Extravaganza to life! We simply couldn’t exist without them. Together, we’re changing the lives of thousands of children with special needs and their families throughout Wisconsin! Thank you for bringing hope to these precious kiddos and families!

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

Paragon Marketing Group is an amazing organization that truly believes in helping others.  Paragon designed and maintains the website for Variety.  They support us by reducing our costs through their Not For Profit discount program. Thank you to Paragon for all your help with the new site!

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