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  1. 1. 2007 TELETHON CAST Megan Bobo Michael Dore Samantha Murphy Emma Samms Her performing career started here in His rich baritone voice has enamored Talented singer, songwriter. Grew up in the Returning to Iowa for her 21st Telethon. Des Moines. Her love of singing came at an audiences around the world, in a career music industry. She sang with the family She is the spokesperson for “Cash for Kids.” early age. She went on to be a member of which has taken him from the Royal Albert band, “The Murphys”. Born in Hawaii to Talented and caring actress who starred the Old Gold Singers at the University of and Festival Halls in London and Carnegie Australian parents, she has wowed audi- in General Hospital, Dynasty, The Colby’s Iowa, featured soloist with Up With People, Hall in New York to the stages of the Royal ences all over the world. She has her own and many, many movies. A truly beautiful finalist on American Idol, and is now living Shakespeare Company. Michael is one of Podcast SMtv. New hit CD “Somewhere person inside and out and a vital part of in Los Angeles. She is an outstanding young Britain’s most successful concert and Between Starving & Stardom” just released. our Telethon and the Variety family. She is lady with stage presence, passion, soul, recording artists and his dramatic and She will be taping part of the show live. very proud that she founded the Starlight and talent. stylistic vocal flair make him one of the Welcome Samantha, to your first Telethon. Foundation which has helped thousands most sought after performers in Europe of children. Jason Cook and the Far East. He can be heard on many Kim Olson Starred as Shawn-Douglas Brady or Shawn major film soundtracks, including “Lord of Singer, nightclub entertainer, composer, Denise Shipler D. on “Days of our Lives”. This handsome the Rings”, “Star Wars” and “Pirates of the recording artist and a master of the 12-string Appearing on her 20th Telethon. This young man is a talented actor, musician Caribbean”. His recent “Musicals” concert guitar, banjo and harmonica. Kim is an talented and beautiful young lady will and writer. He is one of the hottest young in Johannesburg was for the benefit of the entertainer at Disneyland and appears capture your heart. Iowa native from Burt. actors in Hollywood. Returning for his fifth Variety Club Child Rescue Centre. Welcome on Showtime TV. Returning for his 25th Appeared on many Variety Telethons Telethon. Special thanks to Maureen and Bill Michael, to your Telethon. Not only a great singer, but throughout North America. National spokes- Civitella for the continued support of our first Telethon that Kim can sure whistle. person for children and Very Special Arts kids. Currently working on a new movie. – Iowa. She thrills the audience wherever she goes. Performed at Ragbrai 05 and at Hacksaw Jim Duggan Darrin Otto Dakota Crosswhite – A proud American, Hacksaw is now This handsome exciting singer is originally Rock the Roof at Lake Okobodji. This Miss Iowa Teen USA 2007 working for World Wrestling Entertainment. from Iowa, now lives in Nashville. Seen in dynamic and versatile vocalist sings Is a 17 year-old Senior at Washington High He loves the telethon and working with ads for Sprint PCS, O’Charleys, and Sonic everything from Country and Blues to R School in Cedar Rapids. She plans to attend children. He and his wife Debra, are proud Restuarants. Has been the opening act for & B and Rock N Roll. Recently performed Coe College in the fall. She will represent to be coming back for his sixth Telethon He Sawyer Brown and the legendary Roger with Nashville’s “Shotgun Red” Band and Iowa in the National Miss Teen USA pageant can really fire up a phone panel. Miller. He is a spokesmodel for Menaji appeared on stage with the legendary Ralph in August which will be on NBC. She is Skin Care for Men, and the host of the Emery. Be sure to see her show at the Iowa beautiful inside and outside, a good Spa2Go infomercial. Appeared in Revlon State Fair. We are fortunate she is part of our Blake Emmons combination. She cares about children. We are very proud of Blake. He was commercial with Sheryl Crow and named Telethon family. Welcome, Dakota. presented with The Order of Canada in one of Nashville’s Hottest Singles by the recognition of his humanitarian efforts on prestigious Nashville Lifestyles Magazine. Alyssa Simmons Michael Danso behalf of disabled children in Canada and Returning for his 18th Telethon. This amazingly talented 16 year old returns Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and now around the world. A talented and caring for her fourth Iowa Variety telethon. Alyssa living in Toronto, Canada. He is a dynamic, man – one of Iowa’s favorites. He and his has opened for many major recording artists Ed Podolak energetic, stylish entertainer. Whether wife Diane live in Nashville. He truly is an Sportscaster, former Hawkeye football star and has appeared at the Apollo theatre in starring in Riverdance on Broadway, singing Honorary Iowan. He was here for the first and All-Pro running back for the Kansas New York City. She now performs around with a symphony orchestra in London, or on Telethon in 1975 and nearly every one since. City Chiefs. Still popular with Iowans as the Michigan with her incredible band and has the Variety Telethon in Iowa, his rich voice Voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Returning for just finished recording 4 new original songs. thrills the audience. Recently starred in a his 23rd year. A vital part of our telethon Alyssa is very excited and honored to be a Steve Haberman new musical in Edinburgh named “Rob Roy.” A terrific musician, a talented songwriter, a and a very caring human being, the proud part of the telethon family. Michael, as the Bard sang ‘He’s a magician’ mainstay on Variety Telethons. He conducts son of Dorothy and Joe of Atlantic, Iowa. in a slick cabaret style. One of everyone’s the Telethon orchestra and you’ll want to We love it when the children bring tears Scott Smith & Beth Smith favorite Telethon stars. Charles Cozens, his watch for his late night rendition of Tuti- to your eyes. Currently splitting his time Scott is a talented singer, pianist and pianist and musical conductor, joins him. Fruiti. Has a recurring role on the Young and between real estate ventures in Costa Rica bandleader. He has spent many years The Restless. Thanks Steve, for all you do for and Aspen. entertaining in the Des Moines area, as well Ben Davidson the kids of Iowa. as Las Vegas and Atlantic City. He was a A Telethon regular. Former All-Pro Defensive member of the original cast on Telethon Dani Reeves – Miss Iowa USA Lineman with the Oakland Raiders. A A beautiful, caring and talented woman One. You can always count on Scott for Greg Hanna Miller Lite All-Star. He also comes back to Handsome and fun-loving, a great combina- who will represent our state very well in the surprises and great music. Currently Iowa from his home in San Deigo to go on tion. Couple that with an excellent voice National Miss USA Contest. She is the pride performing at Fratello’s. He and his wife RAGBRAI. But, we all know him as a caring and style and you have a one-man entertain- of Hamburg, Iowa. Currently living in Sioux Beth are a talented couple. His daughter man who comes to Iowa to help our kids. ment machine. Played to rave reviews at the City where she is finishing her degree in had triplets prematurely, and they know Welcome back Ben! Iowa State Fair. Now living in Nashville with Radiology. Welcome Dani, to your first-hand why the Variety Neo-Natal his beautiful wife Sheree. first Telethon. Intensive Care Nursery is so important! Dondino Dondino Melchiorre was born in Italy David Anthony Higgins Brandon Routh Wicker Van Orsdel and came to the USA when he was 12. Has recurring role on Fox’s “Malcolm in the Grew up in Norwalk, attended the Univer- A beautiful, energetic and talented lady. We are glad he did. A talented singer Middle.” Starred as Joe Farrell, Master sity of Iowa before heading to Hollywood. Wicker has appeared at the Crystal Palace in who has starred in the Dondino Show in Coffee Brewer on the ABC hit series Ellen. Had roles in Odd Man Out, Gilmore Girls, Aspen and many nightclubs across the U.S. Las Vegas and Branson. He contributes his Best known as part of the sketch comedy and Undressed before landing Clark Kent/ She has the music in her and is a lot of fun musical talents and time to many charities. trio, The Higgins Boys and Gruber. In ad- Superman role in Superman Returns a to be around. We are delighted she is a vital Additionally he has created a fun way dition to TV, he is a frequent guest star at Warner Bros film released in May. His and important part of our Telethon family. to learn to read, dream, and ignite comedy clubs all over the United States. He brother is a real life Superman – a police She is a lady with energy to burn. The “Gong imaginations through his contributions shot a pilot called Misconceptions for the officer in Des Moines. Can play piano and Show” in Okabodji is her creation. to his partnership with Story Store WB. Des Moines’ native returning to Iowa for trumpet, enjoys soccer, basketball, biking Collection of bilingual and illustrated his 11th Telethon. and swimming. Proud parents are Katie and children’s picture books. There is much Ron who live in Norwalk. Returning for his more to this man than his excellent second Telethon. Tatana Kucharova voice. Also welcome Debbie Richards, Is the first Miss World from the Czech his pianist and musical conductor. Republic.Currently living in Prague. She Sara Routh is a wonderful credit to the Miss World or- Talented singer/songwriter originally from ganization. Beautiful, sentimental and caring. Norwalk, graduated from Simpson College. We are delighted to have Tatana with us. Went to study acting and perform in New We are very grateful to the super Miss World York; now living in Los Angeles. Performs organization.Say a special “thank you” to in many L.A. nightclubs. Nominated for Julia Morley, President and Stephen Morley, Best Folk Artist for Southern California. New Executive Vice President who will be with album is on the way. Daughter of Katie and us for the miracle weekend. Ron, joins her brother Brandon for their second Telethon. Welcome back Sara! FEBRUARY, 2007 HEART OF VARIETY 9
  2. 2. Danny & The Dreamers BE SURE TO JOIN US FOR THE VARIETY TELETHON, MARCH 3 & 4 Wicker VanOrsdel & Eileen Gannon Renee Wulf AT THE ADVENTURELAND PALACE THEATRE! If you are one of the Variety supporters that comes to Telethon year after year or if you are a Telethon newbie….you will see these familiar faces on air. It takes a lot of people to make a telethon run smoothly so having people that know what they are doing really helps! Gary Lowe Scott & Beth Smith Tropical Steel Telethon Orchestra 10 HEART OF VARIETY FEBRUARY, 2007
  3. 3. VARIETY – THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY 2006 Grant Recipients Rock in Prevention Handicare Inc. Throughout the year, Variety volunteers work tirelessly to raise Des Moines Coralville Reinforcement Tapes & T-Shirts for Drug Communication and Safety Equipment money. The reward comes in September when Variety empties its Prevention Program Heart Connection Children’s pockets, this year it was in tune to $3 million dollars. Ruth Harbor Cancer Program Des Moines Des Moines Chrysalis Foundation Amanda the Panda Educational Materials for Pregnant Young Camp Scholarships for Children with Cancer Des Moines Des Moines Women Hills and Dales Child Scholarships & After School Programs for Camp Amanda Science Center Development Center At-Risk Girls American Lung Association of Iowa Des Moines Dubuque Clearview Recovery, Inc. Des Moines Accessibility Fund for Underprivileged Rifton Gate Trainers and Rifton Tricycle Prairie City Send Disadvantaged Children to attend Children Hispanic Educational Resources Inc. Sunshine Coach Asthma Camp Scott County Family Y Des Moines Community Action Agency of Siouxland American Red Cross Davenport After School Youth Program Head Start Des Moines Sunshine Bus House of Mercy Sioux City Swim Lesson Scholarships for Shalom Zone Ministries Des Moines Flooring & BRIGANCE Development Screen Underprivileged Youth Des Moines Programming and Services for Children for Head Start Classrooms Arc of East Central Iowa Backpacks Filled with School Supplies and lowa Council, Boy Scouts of America Compassion fund Cedar Rapids Health Kits Davenport Des Moines Equipment that improves Mobility, Special Olympics of IA Handicapped Sidewalk Extension for Scout Special Fund for Families with Critically Ill Skills & Idependence Grimes Camp Children Arc of Johnson County Awards, Equipment and T-Shirts for Under 8 Institute for Character Development Covenant Foundation Iowa City “Stars of the Future” Athletes Des Moines Waterloo Sunshine Wheelchair Lift St. Luke’s Healthcare Fnd. “Character Counts” Training in At-Risk Schools Remodeling of Pediatric Unit Area Substance Abuse Council Cedar Rapids and Organizations Day Care for Exceptional Children Cedar Rapids Neonatal Intensive Care Equipment Iowa Chapter American Academy Des Moines Fencing for Heart of Iowa Mother & State University of Iowa Foundation of Pediatrics Renovations to Daycare Center Child Recovery Ctr. Iowa City Johnston Des Moines Art Center/Edmundson Art ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program Vantage Plus Communication Device for Books for Reach Out and Read Clinic Sites Foundation Waterloo Children Iowa Homeless Youth Centers Des Moines Items for Therapeutic Riding Program for Systems Unlimited Des Moines At-Risk Children’s Educational Art Programs Disabled Kids Iowa City Bus Passes for Homeless Youth, Carpet & Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Bidwell Riverside Child Play Therapy Tools Dishwasher for Lighthouse Host Home West Des Moines Development Center Tanager Place Iowa Juvenile Home Foundation Testing Materials & Therapeutic Games/ Toys Des Moines Cedar Rapids Toledo Playground Equipment for Early ACCESS Des Moines Public Schools Sunshine Minivan Instruments for Music Therapy Program Underprivileged Children Des Moines Timber Creek Charities Iowa Kidstrong, Inc. Toys & Books for the Variety Toybrary Bikes for Kids Guthrie Center Des Moines Statewide Easter Seals Iowa Therapy and Camperships for Children with Program Incentives Bikes for Underprivileged Children Des Moines Autism Kirkwood Kids Modified Golf Cart for First Aid for Camp Blank Children’s Hospital VSA arts of Iowa Cedar Rapids Sunnyside Des Moines Des Moines Equipment and Materials Pediatric Surgery Center Families, Inc. Governor’s Very Special Arts Festival Link Associates Foundation West Branch Blank Park Zoo Foundation Wall Street Mission d/b/a Des Moines Literature and Books for At-Risk Children Des Moines Goodwill Industries Front Entrance Remodel Dreamnight at the Zoo Family Crisis Centers Sioux City Lutheran Services in Iowa Sioux Center Boys & Girls Club Renovations at Camp for Underprivileged Waterloo Emergency Services for At-Risk Children Des Moines and At-Risk Children Sunshine Wheelchair Lift One Kid at a Time – Teen & Logan Center Four Mounds Foundation Waypoint Services for Women, Refurbishment Mentor Iowa Dubuque Children & Families Des Moines Tools for expanding the Housing Education Broadlawns Family Birthing Center Cedar Rapids Mentor Assistance and Rehabilitation Training Program (HEART) Des Moines Remodel of Play Area at Waypoint’s Madge Fetal Heart Monitors Mercy Foundation Phillips Center for the Homeless Four Oaks Des Moines Cedar Rapids Camp Fire USA Wildwood Hills Ranch Variety ER Trauma & Pediatric ER Equipment Renovations in Psychiatric Institute for Young Des Moines St. Charles Children Building Improvements Mercy Medical Center Camperships for Underprivileged and At-Risk Cedar Rapids Children Francis Lauer Youth Services Camp Hertko Hollow Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Equipment Mason City Des Moines Willkie House, Inc. Sunshine Minivan Diabetes Camp Scholarships for Mercy Medical Ctr Foundation/Child Des Moines Underprivileged Children Advocacy Center Sunshine Coach Freedom for Youth Ministries Sioux City Des Moines Catholic Charities YMCA Welch Allyn Video Colposcope with Image Art Studio for Homeless and At-Risk Youth Rock Island Cedar Rapids Capture System Sunshine Minivan Sunshine Minivan Friendly House Miracles in Motion Davenport Child Abuse Prevention Services YMCA Cedar Rapids Youth Program Supplies Marshalltown Des Moines Construction of Hay Barn Developmental Toys, Safety Equipment, After School Program for At-Risk Youth Galaxy Inc. Youth Center Parent Education Materials Oakridge Neighborhood Services Grinnell Youth Emergency Services & Shelter Des Moines Transportation Children & Families of Iowa Des Moines Renovations to Various Buildings Des Moines Building Repairs and Improvements Girl Scouts of the Mississippi Valley Building Improvements to Lou Williams Orchard Place Rock Island Youth Homes of Mid-America Center Des Moines Sunshine Coach Johnston PACE Juvenile Justice Services to Youth ChildServe Foundation Improvements to Land & Buildings at Ross Girls Inc. Johnston RAGBRAI Dream Team Campus Treatment Center Sioux City Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Des Moines Sunshine Coach YWCA of the Quad Cities Bicycles and Safety Equipment for At-Risk & Christ The King Free Clinic for Kids Rock Island Grundy Family YMCA Underprivileged Youth Des Moines Playground, Infant and Toddler Equipment Grundy Center Construction of Free Clinic for Sunshine Coach Underprivileged Youth FEBRUARY, 2007 HEART OF VARIETY 11
  4. 4. YOUNG VARIETY Throughout this last year we’ve been energetically HELP WANTED: Young Variety is actively searching for fun, recruiting new members and spreading the Variety passionate, young philanthropists ready to roll up their message in the following ways: sleeves and help make a difference in our community for the kids in need! • Pony Up for the Kids – Polo On The Green became a weekend long affair at Britt Baker’s Powder River Ranch with We work hard to raise money for the children of Iowa all year mechanical bull rides, live music, a silent auction, food and long through our fun events, the annual membership drive and drinks the night before the classic Sunday brunch and live our Telethon VIP Panel. We get to see everything come full Polo match. circle by providing the bricks and mortar equipment to chari- • Firemen’s Auction – We turned up the heat and possibly ties chosen by our vigilant grant committee. It’s a good feeling sparked a few love interests this year by teaming up with the to know your hard work is going to have a positive impact on so Des Moines area firefighters and Aura Night Club to auction off many children! 20 dinner-dates from many generous local area restaurants. • Oktoberfest – This awesome event brought more than 15,000 This year, Young Variety donated more than $106,000 people during one weekend to the Hessen Haus in down- to the following charities: town Des Moines. With many YV volunteers pouring beer all Willkie House – weekend, a portion of the proceeds and all of the tips were Purchased a Sunshine Coach generously donated to Young Variety. Cheers! Bidwell Riverside Child Development Center – • November-Membership Drive – This was our 1st annual Built a brand new playground effort to raise money through our email base of more than Link Associates Foundation – 500 Young Variety activists via our website and pay pal. Helped remodel front entrance to building We celebrated this great stride in the tackiest way at our Ugly Des Moines Public Schools Early ACCESS program – Holiday Sweater Party downtown at the new Equitable Purchased items for the toybrary, literacy bags, and supplies Building condominiums. for parents meetings • Valentine’s Soiree – Wear your heart on your sleeve for this Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics – swanky night of love, fun and relaxation hosted this year by Purchased books that will support age and culturally Wakonda Country Club and DM Juice and sponsored in part appropriate reading for reach out clinic sites by Iowa Diamond! Considered our signature event with live music, silent auction, food, drinks and dancing on February 16! • Young Variety at Work – This year Young Variety hosted the most bike giveaways with approximately 200 bikes donated by YV to deserving children throughout central Iowa. Our goal is to raise over $130,000 this year for the children of Iowa which is quite a step up from the $106,000 we raised last year. Our Telethon VIP panel of more than 60 members will help us to achieve this goal. Young Variety is excited about this coming year and is ready to help impact the lives of Iowa’s children! Brigid Paul President 2006 – 2007 12 HEART OF VARIETY FEBRUARY, 2007
  5. 5. Polo on the Green Polo…a game played by two teams of four players on horseback. Each player is equipped with long-handled mallets for driving a small wooden ball through the opponent’s goal. • Enjoyingthemarvelous champagne brunch a • down the field of hooves racing up and Feeling thunder • Feeling the excitement of the gametoofhelp thousands of polo • Knowing that in need will go your support Iowa children This is what spectators tasted, saw and felt at Polo on the Green, an annual polo game to benefit Variety. The weekend started off on Saturday night, July 29 with a casual but fun evening under the tents, dancing to local favorite Jason Brown and his band. There was a silent auction and a barbeque dinner catered by Kin Folk Polo on the Green’s main event, held on Sunday, July 30, provided an opportunity to enjoy one of the oldest sporting events know to man. The day began with a champagne brunch and live auction followed by the polo match. This unique event was held at Britt Baker’s beautiful Powder River Ranch near Cumming. Team sponsors for the day were Holmes Murphy and Regency Land Development. R&R Realty sponsored the scoreboard. Even though it was one of the hottest days of the year, more than 400 people showed up for this wonderful event that raised over $50,000. Zoo Day 2006 Calling all Animal Lovers! On July 14, 2006, 533 children and adult chaperons attended the annual Variety Zoo Day at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. Rock In Prevention gave a pre-event concert for everyone and Blue Bunny provided Bomb Pops for everyone to enjoy as they left the zoo. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make this day so much fun! FEBRUARY, 2007 HEART OF VARIETY 13
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  7. 7. VARIETY/KJJY RADIOTHON On December ety/KJJY Radiothon. The Compassion Fund to a special dinner or some thing they 19 and 20, The was created as a part of the 1999 Variety/ always wanted to do such as going to KJJY/Variety KJJY Radiothon to help alleviate the the zoo or a museum or art gallery. Radiothon was hardships that are created on a child 4) Providing money for parents to held at the KJJY During this Radiothon, staffs of the local purchase groceries when they are studio in hospitals described children who were required to travel to a distant city for a Urbandale patients in their hospital as a result of life child’s specialized treatment. and was on threatening illness. These children, 5) Providing phone money for an air from because of their illnesses, were unable to out-of-town parent whom has a child 6am until enjoy many things enjoyed by healthy in the neonatal intensive care unit in 6pm both children. In order to lift their spirits or order to allow the parent to speak days. Between to help alleviate hardships placed on with relatives. the companies children in the hospital, the hospital staff that sponsored would purchase an item out of a “coffee The radiothon has grown to become hours, listeners can” fund for the children or their families. Variety’s second largest fundraiser. calling in to pledge Some examples of gifts are: Thank you to everyone at KJJY and all of and board members that raised dollars the people that volunteered their time or in advance of the Radiothon, more than 1) Gas money for parents to get back pledged their money! $86,000 was raised! and forth to the hospital. Donors had two ways to donate to the 2) Paying for childcare Radiothon. For a donation of $200, a for a single mother teddy bear went to a child that was in a who has one of Des Moines area hospital. Over 400 her children in the teddy bears were donated during hospital. those two days. 3) Providing some small final wish for The other choice was to donate to the a child, such as Compassion Fund. The Compassion Fund going to the prom was created as a part of the 1999 Vari- or hosting parents QUAD CITIES MARTINI SHAKE-OFF What a blast!! Variety – the Children’s Charity of the Quad Cities had their annual Martini Shake-off November 9th at “THE LODGE”. What a great success with all 250 guests who attended. There were 15 local vendors participating and five martini categories; chocolate, cordial, traditional, gin and cosmopolitans. The big winner of the evening was the restaurant and bar Crave located in Davenport, Iowa. Other winners included The Red Crow Grille, Biaggies and The Lodge. We look forward to next year with more categories and even more winners. Many thanks to Mr. Ray Stoddard, Mr. Tom Heston, Ms. Lisa Northup, Ms. April Daily, Michele and Ken Croken and the Variety staff. FEBRUARY, 2007 HEART OF VARIETY 15
  8. 8. Non-profit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Des Moines, Iowa Permit No. 1105 505 5th Avenue, Suite 310 Des Moines, Iowa 50309

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