Tune in on Feb 12th and 13 for great

 entertainment and incredible stories

 Join us for the 45th Annual
 Show of Hearts Telethon

Message from the Telethon Co-Chairs
Over the last 45 years, thousands of volunteers, donors and sponsors have come
together to raise money for children in British Columbia through the Variety Show of
Hearts Telethon. The Telethon allows us to show the entire province the work that we
do year round and the stories of the children we help. It is thanks to our incredible                    Message from the Executive Director
volunteers and supporters that Variety has been able to do that work. In fact, some
of these supporters have been volunteering for the Telethon since it first began! They                   At Variety – The Children’s Charity, we work year round to support families and strength-
have since introduced their children and grandchildren into the world of Variety and we                  en communities throughout the province. In 2010, Variety helped more children than
now have generations of families volunteering for Variety.                                               ever before, thanks to the generosity our many donors and partners. In fact, Variety
                                                                                                         helps over 25 families and one organization each and every week!
These volunteers and many more will gather together on February 12th and 13th as
Variety and Global BC celebrate the 45th Annual Show of Hearts Telethon. Please join                     2010 has shown us that there is a growing need for Variety’s help. British Columbians
us once again this year and witness some incredible stories of children who have been                    are making grant requests every day and we would not be able to continue assisting
helped by Variety thanks to your generous donations.                                                     them without the support of donors, volunteers and corporate partners.

Along with these amazing stories, you will also be able to enjoy an incredible line up                   Thanks to your generous donations, Variety is continuing to provide children with
of world class entertainment throughout the weekend. Check out pages 8 to 11 to see                      specialized equipment such as wheelchairs, bicycles, cochlear implants and feeding
what is in store! Throughout the show you will have the opportunity to demonstrate                       pumps and supplies. We are providing funds for special education tutoring, physical
your support of Variety’s work on behalf of children who have special needs.                             and occupational therapies and prescription medication as well as out-of-town travel
                                                                                                         and accommodation costs when children require urgent medical attention outside of
A big thank you to our incredible Telethon supporters; Global BC for making it all hap-                  their home community. Variety also provides funding to hospitals, Child Development
pen, the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation for the use of the Red Robinson Show                          Centres and many other organizations that support children.
Theatre, Telus for making all of your phone calls possible and all of the other organiza-
tions that donate throughout the year.                                                                   Thank you for your kind support of Variety’s work of bringing help and hope to children
                                                                                                         who have special needs.
Please join us for the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon on Global BC, beginning at 7pm
on February 12th through 6pm on February 13th and help Variety help kids!                                Enjoy the 2011 Show of Hearts Telethon and see first hand the impact your donations
                                                                                                         are having on the children we help.
Thank you!

George Pitman                     Peter Legge, obc, lld (hon.)                                           Barbara Hislop                                                Photo: Barbara Hislop
Co-Chair                          Co-Chair                                                               Executive Director                                            (middle) and Variety members
Variety Show of Hearts            Variety Show of Hearts                                                 Variety – The Children’s Charity                              John and Jennifer Doornbosch.
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Telethon Kids
Your generous donations are
making a difference throughout
British Columbia. Read on to learn
more about how you have helped.
                                                                                                                               At the age of four, Ross was diagnosed with muscular dys-
                                                                                                                               trophy, an incurable disease which means that his body is
To donate visit                                                                                              missing part of the genetic information to create muscle.
                                                                                                                               Because of his condition, Ross spends much of his time in
or call toll-free 310-KIDS                                                                                                     a wheelchair. This will only increase as his muscles dete-
                                                                                                                               riorate. Transporting a growing child and a wheelchair is
                                                                                                                   Ross        very challenging and some days almost impossible. Variety
                                                                                                                   – Duncan    helped Ross and his family with a wheelchair ramp and tie
                                                                                                                               downs to make their van wheelchair accessible.

                                       Desiree’s parents, Len and Leanne, understand special
                                                                                                                              Five months after Charlotte was born she was diagnosed
                                       needs more than most. Len has difficulty walking and prob-                             with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 (SMA), a progressive
         – Kamloops                    lems with his eyesight and speech as a result of a childhood            – Victoria     and incurable condition which causes all of the body’s
                                       accident, while Leanne was born with cerebral palsy. When                              muscles to deteriorate. Charlotte cannot move or speak and
                                       their daughter, Desiree, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy                             requires constant care. In 2008, Variety was there when the
                                       it came as a shock as it is not an inherited condition. De-                            family needed a cough assist machine and a pulse oxyme-
                                       siree’s cerebral palsy prevents her from walking flat footed.                          ter. This year, through Can Assist, Variety provided Charlotte
                                       Walking is difficult and running is almost impossible. Variety                         with a specially adapted iPod that she can control herself.
                                       was there to help Leanne when she was a child and now,
                                       years later, Variety has provided Desiree with orthotics and
                                       botox injections for her feet.
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                                        Kendall is 12 years old and is barely able to walk. She was
                                        born with spina bifida, a curving of the spine which twists
                                                                                                                                                   16 year old Jeneece is a familiar face at Variety. At age three,
                                                                                                                                                   Jeneece was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a condition
                                        her hips and turns her feet inward. Over the years, she has                                                that causes tumours to grow throughout her body. She first
                                        had many painful surgeries. Kendall now needs one more                                                     appeared on the Telethon at age six when she presented
                                        which will change her life forever. The doctors say that                                                   $164, proceeds from a penny drive at her school. Since then
                                        after the surgery it is unlikely that she will have the ability                                            she has raised over $1 million for Variety. Jeneece’s new
                                        to walk again and that she will be confined to a wheelchair.                                               goal is to open Jeneece Place in Victoria, a home away from
                Kendall                 The family home will require renovations to accommodate                          Jeneece                   home for families who are in Victoria for their children’s
                                        Kendall’s needs. Variety is providing funding for an elevator
                – Kelowna               for her home.                                                                    – Victoria                medical treatment. Variety is supporting Jeneece’s dream
                                                                                                                                                   by providing funding toward the building of Jeneece Place.

Isaiah and Jude
– Fort St. John                                                                                           – Vernon
Tim and Christine believe that with faith, hope and love all                                              In 2006, Isabella nearly drowned in a swimming pool. Within weeks
things are possible. Both of their children, Isaiah and Jude,                                             of the accident, Isabella started having seizures and regressing. She
were born prematurely. A premature baby means huge                                                        lost her speech, her recognition of colours, her alphabet and her
expenses. They needed flights from Fort St. John to Victoria,                                             numbers. She didn’t even know her sister’s name. It was heartbreak-
somewhere to stay and food to eat. For both children, Vari-                                               ing and terrifying for her parents. The day of Isabella’s near drown-
ety’s Emergency Response Fund stepped in and paid their                                                   ing, she had to be airlifted to Vancouver immediately. Variety was
expenses so that Christine and Tim were able to concentrate                                               there to pay for the families out of town expenses so they could stay
on their two precious little boys who desperately needed them.                                            at their daughter’s bed side.                                                                               7
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                                                                                                                              BON JOVI: The Circle Tour
                                                                                                                              SATURDAY 9:00pm
                                                                                                                             Giving fans across the world the chance to experience a
                                                                                                                             truly historic concert, Bon Jovi “The Circle Tour” captures the
                                                                                                                             magic and energy of the bands sold out four night stand
                                                                                                                             at New Jersey’s New Meadowlands Stadium. Critics were
                                                                                                                             unanimous in their praise of the concert, with the New York
                                                                                                                             Times stating that Bon Jovi “lays claim to his home turf with
                                                                                                                             exultant pride and with exhortative anthems about hang-
Your Weekend                                                                                                                 ing in and hanging on.” The New York Post wrote that “the
                                                                                                                             forever young singer and his band of Jersey pop giants
                                                                                                                             christened the shiny new stadium with a rollicking extrav-
Entertainment                                                                                                                aganza of light, sound and performance energy.” The Star
                                                                                                                             Ledger simply raved “spectacular.”

Guide                                                                                                                        VARIETY’S GOT TALENT
                                                                                                         Variety s           SATURDAY between 9:00pm & 10:00pm
Do not
miss this
                                                                                                         Got Talent!         Tune in to find out the winner of Variety’s Got Talent, the
                                                                                                                             search for BC’s best vocalist! Hundreds of applicants,
                                                                                                                             between 13 and 29, submitted an audition video and our
                                                                                                                             celebrity judges have selected an incredible talent as the
incredible                                                                                                                   winner. You do not want to miss this exciting and brand new
                                                                                                                             segment of the Telethon.
of fantastic                           IL DIVO: Live at the Greek Theatre                                                    THE ROLLING STONES: Live at the Max
                                       SATURDAY 7:00pm                                                                       SATURDAY 11:00pm
entertainment                          International sensations, Il Divo, perform an incredible con-                         “Live at the Max” brings us the 1991 IMAX film of one of The
                                       cert, showcasing the quartet’s vocal talents and undeniable
from around                            audience connection. The singers take turns in the spot-
                                                                                                                             Stones’ performance from their Steel Wheels tour! The tour’s
                                                                                                                             over-the-top stage design, which included giant, inflat-
                                       light, delivering a host of international favourites that their
the world                              fans have come to expect. Highlights include Unbreak My
                                                                                                                             able characters for Honky Tonk Women and wild dogs for an
                                                                                                                             energetic rendition of Street Fighting Man, reflect the band’s
featuring                              Heart (Regresa a mi) and the French heartbreaker Pour Que
                                       Tu M’aimes Encore.
                                                                                                                             increasing focus on theatrical presentation while blazing
                                                                                                                             performances of Paint It Black, A Rock and A Hard Place and
amazing                                                                                                                      Start Me Up prove that The Rolling Stones can still rock with
                                                                                                                             the best of them. “Live at the Max” captures the intensity
performers.                                                                                                                  and theatricality of The Rolling Stones!
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Your Weekend
                                                                    The excitement continues on
Guide    To donate visit                          Sunday with four more amazing
                                       or call toll-free 310-KIDS   shows. Tune in to Global BC
                                                                    and help us help kids.

Sunday                                                                                              CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: Corteo
                                                                                                    SUNDAY 11:00am
                                                                                                    Corteo, Italian for cortege, is a festive parade imagined by
                                                                                                    a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor
                                                                                                    with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audi-
 SUNDAY 2:00am                                                                                      ence into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity.
                                                                                                    Situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth,
Celebrate the lives that are made healthier and hap-
                                                                                                    the procession takes place in a carnival atmosphere, watched
pier through Variety. Catch up with some of the Tele-
                                                                                                    over by caring angels. The show highlights the strength and
thon’s featured kids and learn more about Variety and
                                                                                                    fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness,
the good work that they do in BC. Hosted by Steve
                                                                                                    to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of
Darling & Sophie Lui, this special segment on the Vari-
                                                                                                    us. The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries “Corteo”
ety Show of Hearts Telethon will feature the real “stars”
                                                                                                    through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.
from past years. Join us to relive the dreams.

 SHALL WE DANCE ON ICE                                                                              DAVID FOSTER & FRIENDS: Hit Man
 SUNDAY 7:00am                                                                                      SUNDAY 2:00pm
Hosted by Kurt Browning and Shae-Lynn Bourne (who                                                   This spectacular concert by David Foster and his famous
also perform), this program features ice skaters as well as                                         friends finds the songwriter and hit producer gathering to-
dancers from Broadway, TV, music and film. Performers                                               gether the best tracks from his bottomless well of hits and
include 2010 Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott                                          inviting some talented folks to come along and help perform
Moir, 2010 Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Char-                                           them. Performers include Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble‚
lie White and 2006 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin                                           Josh Groban, Kenny G, Katharine McPhee, Celine Dion, Blake
and Ben Agosto. World renowned vocal quartet, The Cana-                                             Shelton, Brian McKnight, and Charice. Spotlighting #1 hits,
dian Tenors, perform a beautiful blend of classical and pop                                         award-winning songs and other favorites, this show is truly
music. This is not to be missed!                                                                    unforgettable!

                                                                    Programing subject to change.                                                                  11
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                                                                                                                               Special Edition Poster of Grizzly at Rest
Ways to Give and                                                                                                               by Robert Bateman
                                                                                                                               Donate $159 or more and you will receive this special edi-
Donor Incentives                                                                                                               tion poster of Grizzly at Rest by Robert Bateman. Bateman is
                                                                                                                               one of the world’s greatest artists at depicting the natural
Online Giving                                                                                                                  world. He chose to give this painting to Variety as “Variety
Donate through our secure website at                                                                         provides families with a resting place…like a shelter from
$5 will be added to each online donation by MarketPlace IGA.                                                                   the storm.” Size is 28” x 17 3/4”.

Donate by Phone                                                                                                                Name on a Sunshine Coach
Call Toll Free 310-KIDS (5437) to donate!
                                                                                                                               Your donation of $1,047 helps purchase a Sunshine Coach, a
                                                                                                                               specially equipped van used to transport children to places
Donate by Text
                                                                                                                               of recreation, therapy and education. In recognition of a
A quick and easy way to donate! Text the word KIDS to 45678 and $10 will be
                                                                                                                               $1,047 donation, you are entitled to have the name of your
donated to Variety. $10 will automatically be added to your cell phone bill.
                                                                                                                               choice printed on the side of a Coach. You will also receive
                                                                                                                               a photo of the vehicle and a special edition poster of Grizzly
                                                                                                                               at Rest by Robert Bateman.

                                                    The MAUI DREAM TRIP Prize Package Draw!                                    “I CAN” Pledge
                                                    For only $109 on your Visa or Mastercard you will                          Give the gift of freedom with a $2,500 donation and give
                                                    be eligible to win this incredible trip for four (4)                       a child the opportunity to say “I CAN!” Your gift will allow a
                                                    to Maui!                                                                   child to say “I CAN WALK” with a walker, “I CAN TALK” with a
                                                                                                                               specialized computer, “I CAN HEAR” with a new hearing aid,
                                                    The winner and 3 guests will enjoy a 7 night                               “I CAN HAVE FREEDOM” with a customized bicycle. You can
                                                    hotel stay in an ocean view room in the Lahaina                            also give the gift of life by providing incubators to Neonatal
                                                    Kai Tower at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui.                             Intensive Care Units across the province. These are just a few
                                                    This package includes roundtrip airfare from                               of the ways your “I CAN” pledge will make the biggest differ-
                                                    Vancouver to Maui and car rental. A big thank                              ence in the life of a child.
                                                    you to WestJet, River Rock Casino Resort, Port
                                                    Moody Travel, Fun Sun Vacations and the Royal
                                                    Lahaina Resort.
                                                                                                                               Monthly Giving
                                                    In addition, the prize winner and their 3 guests
                                                    will receive a night stay in a luxurious suite at                          Through the Monthly Giving Program, you can make month-
                                                    the River Rock Casino Resort before and after the                          ly donations through Visa, MasterCard, automatic debit or
                                                    trip as well as a limo ride to and from the airport.                       post dated cheques. There is no minimum donation – every
                                                    Total prize value $15,408 plus $2,000 in spend-                            dollar helps kids in BC. However, with a monthly donation of
                                                    ing money!                                                                 $35 or more you will receive a six month subscription to TV
                                                                                                                               Week Magazine (Lower Mainland only) and a special edition
                                                    No tax receipt will be issued for this draw.
                                                    BC Gaming License #30329. BC Residents only.                               Robert Bateman poster.

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Community Support                                                                                          Variety Events
                                                                                                           Get your tickets now for Country Rocks: Girls Edi-
Proshow Audiovisual ~ Broadcast is a huge supporter of Variety – The                                       tion, a brand new country music event featuring,
Children’s Charity. Tim Lewis is one of the founders and now President of                                  AJ Woodworth, Whiskey Jane, Karen Lee Batten,
Proshow and he has a very special connection to Variety that has lasted                                    Emily Taylor Adams and The Higgins! Concert
                                                                                                           is Sunday, March 6th and 19+ only.
for years. Below is an excerpt from his blog about that relationship.
                                                                                                           Visit to purchase tickets.

                                                                                                           Join us at The Terminal City Club in Vancouver on
                                                                                                           Sunday, April 10th for Food Fight: The Battle for
                                                                                                           Brunch, as local celebrity chefs duke it out to see
                                                                                                           whose brunch comes out on top. Tickets on sale
                                                     host and retreated - all of this on camera. I was
                                                                                                           March 1st.
                                                     transfixed by the whole scene and I knew that I
                                                     wanted to be the guy running out on to stage          Visit for a full list
                                                     replacing dead microphones on live television.        of upcoming Variety events.

                                                                                                                                                                        Long time Variety members, Karey Durante and
                                                     At the 1983 Variety Telethon, I was given that
                                                                                                                                                                        Lennea Durant, at Telethon 2008.
                                                     opportunity. There I was, a 19 year old kid, run-

Sometime in the mid 1970’s, when I was 12
or 13 and already obsessed with all things
                                                     ning around stage trying to make six micro-
                                                     phones do the work of 12. It was everything I had     Stay in Touch Get Involved
                                                     imagined all those years ago and more. When my
electronic, my entire collection of gadgets,                                                               Be sure to visit for lots of               Volunteer opportunities abound all over BC! Get
                                                     shift ended at midnight I went downstairs to the
buttons, switches and wires was contained                                                                  up to date information on how Variety helps,                 involved and make a difference. Even if you don’t
                                                     audio control room and spent the night watching
in six drawers under my bed. On a Sunday                                                                   upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and                 live near the Variety office in the Lower Mainland
                                                     and learning until 9AM when I was back on stage
afternoon in February that year I decided to                                                               ways to give!                                                you can still help Variety help kids. Some great
                                                     to resume rescuing unsuspecting TV hosts from
sort through the chaos those drawers con-            the scourge of wireless microphones. I loved          Get to know us even better via:                              volunteer opportunities happening over the
tained, hauled them out to the family room           every second of it. I was addicted. As my career in
                                                                                                                                                                        Spring and Summer.
and dumped them all in a big pile on the             this industry moved forward, the Variety Telethon
shag carpet.                                         was a constant, an anchor. February was Telethon
                                                                                                                                                                        Visit for a list of upcoming
                                                                                                                                                                        volunteer opportunities or contact the Manager
                                                     month – period.
I turned the TV and happened across the Variety                                                                                                                         of Volunteer Services at
Telethon. As I sat on the floor and sorted through                                                                                                             or 1.800.381.2040.
                                                     The Show of Hearts Telethon first sparked my
all of the bits of technology that my world          interest in this business, and has subsequently
revolved around, I quickly found myself totally      spanned my entire career. The people behind this
absorbed in the spectacle of this raw, emotional,                                                          Variety - The Children’s Charity
                                                     organization are iconic to me and the kids that I
imperfect live television show. I felt the adrena-                                                         4300 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby, BC V5C 6C6
                                                     meet here keep me grounded and inspired. It’s a       1.800.381.2040
lin of the whole thing immediately. At one point     long way from six drawers of electronic junk to       Help Us Help Kids 310-KIDS (5437)
I watched as a host stood there on stage, pitch-     this incredible event. To the people that make
ing for the cause, while their microphone had a                                                            Winter 2011 - Issue No. 50, Editor: Danielle Lucas,
                                                     the Telethon happen and the incredible young
complete technical meltdown. After 10 seconds                                                              Copy Editor: Carla Jones, Contributors: Geri Young, Tim Lewis,
                                                     people that Variety helps, you inspire us all.
of dead air and confusion, a technician darted on                                                          Design: Sanaz Afshar, Printing: Eaveswood Colour, Distribution: IDRS
                                                                                                           This Special Telethon Entertainment Guide is a publication of Variety – The Children’s
stage with a replacement, made a swap with the
                                                                                                           Charity of British Columbia, Tent 47 in the world of Variety International.                                       15
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